Logenix International

 

Global Logistics Experts Thrive
Where Few Others Tread

For Ron Cruse, founder and CEO of Logenix International, the world is a very familiar place. Over the course of his 30-year career in the logistics industry, he’s made roughly 250 trips to more than 80 countries. Cruse has acquired the kind of insight no guided tour could offer, executing large-scale projects on the ground while being intimately schooled in cultural and regulatory norms.

Cruse is one of a six-person senior management core at Logenix that has been together for over 20 years. These expert logisticians manage staff operating across the globe,  …Read More

SHINE Systems & Technologies

 

Crime-Fighting Intelligence 
Meets the Private Sector

Bad guys, beware: Technology used to process crime scenes has advanced rapidly, and wondrously, in recent years. High-tech innovator and business consultant Jeff Thomas, president and founder of SHINE Systems & Technologies, deserves his share of the credit. Thomas founded SHINE in 2008 and quickly propelled it to the forefront in this arena, where the company’s patented intelligence programs and ongoing technological innovation serve the data-gathering and analysis needs of the U.S. military, federal investigators and local law enforcers. …Read More

George Mason Mortgage, LLC

 

Lending Leader Is Optimistic
About Real Estate Opportunities
in Capital Region

Increases in interest rates and tougher federal lending regulations produced uncertainty in the Capital Region’s housing market in 2013. They also created opportunities for George Mason Mortgage, LLC to further solidify its reputation as a reliable partner to homebuyers, builders and realtors.
“Uncertain times make mortgage originators who keep their promises and deliver the most beneficial mortgage products more valuable than ever,” says GMM Chief Production Officer Bill Landon. …Read More

BOSH

 

When It Comes to Unmanned Aircraft, 
the Sky’s the Limit

From the battlefield to basic deliveries, Virginia-based BOSH was not surprised by the buzz that Amazon’s Jeff Bezos created when he announced last December that Amazon.com was working on easy-to-deliver packages via unmanned aircraft. Suddenly, unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs as they’re known in the industry, were suddenly “not just for spying on bad guys and blowing things up,” according to one industry expert.

Amazon is far from the only commercial organization that is eagerly awaiting the day when the FAA allows unmanned aircraft to …Read More

Appian

 

Driving Faster and Smarter Business Solutions With a Modern Work Platform

Business Process Management, the technology that reinvented workplace mobility, is itself poised to enter a new era.
“We will look back at the last few years as a pioneering time in the field,” explains Matthew Calkins, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Virginia-based Appian, whose BPM suite is the most widely recognized and used in the world, serving over 3.5 million users.

Calkins has had a front-row seat as CEO of Appian, and predicts the future of BPM will look much different from today’s cluttered …Read More

Nisga’a Data Systems, LLC

 

In Data Centers, Smaller Is Better
Achieve complete branch IT consolidation while boosting performance, improving data security and lowering administrative costs

With an unquenchable thirst for computing power and storage, government and commercial firms spent the last fifteen years building bigger and bigger data centers.

Thanks to advances in current technology, smaller is actually better.

“The performance and density of data center solutions improved 10x just in the last five years,” says Frank Watson, president of Nisga’a Data Systems (NDS). “Hanging on to capital equipment investments made five or more years ago may seem prudent, but it comes at a price—and with high risk.”

Data Centers’ New Order
Among the benefits of updating data centers are technologies such as Riverbed Technologies’ latest Storage Delivery solution, which can centralize all data at the data center. “By ‘projecting’ application/user services over the Wide Area Network (WAN) to all branch offices or remote sites, infrastructure costs at those sites can be dramatically reduced,” Watson points out. “This gives IT personnel a secure and manageable disaster-recovery solution while reducing administration and recovery time at each branch by provisioning services remotely.”

But there are caveats to consider before revamping an Enterprise data center strategy.

“We have entered the era of hyperconvergence, where all services—voice, video, data, wired, wireless, in addition to storage and computing—are delivered by a common IP network,” Watson says. “Server virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructures, edge-optimization technology and other architectures enable you to do a lot more with less—and in less space. But re-architecting and consolidation is not a simple IT job.”

Rely on Experts
Knowledge and expertise in architecture, communications and physical design must all be brought together. Equally important is intimate familiarity with the latest offerings from software and hardware vendors. NDS’s partnerships with leading hypervisor OEMs and hardware vendors allow it to apply the best technology and approach to customers’ requirements.

For example, NDS designed and engineered a virtualized enterprise environment for a public-sector customer that reduced space requirements from 12,000 square feet to under 2,000, while cutting power consumption by 44 percent. For commercial customers, reengineering their data centers also yielded rapid ROI.

The Process
Watson makes the point that in all cases, a rigorous process must be undertaken. Before making any recommendations, NDS conducts an audit of current IT assets to produce a comprehensive summary and reporting of the current environment. Then NDS experts determine opportunities for virtualization of existing and planned systems as well as possible secure and cost-efficient cloud-based alternatives.

“Innumerable approaches to computing exist in this era of hyperconvergence,” Watson says. “But no organization can remain competitive living with legacy systems. Don’t get left behind.”

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Rimm-Kaufman Group

 

Big Data Helps Experts
Precisely Target Digital Shoppers

When leading e-retailers look for ways to market smarter and more efficiently, more of them turn to RKG than any other search and digital agency in the country.

And for good reason. The Charlottesville-based company uses powerful proprietary technology and brilliant analysts to generate more clicks, more conversions, more ROI.

Accomplishments such as doubling or tripling results for clients when taking their programs from competitive agencies built RKG’s reputation and led to rapid growth in revenues (up 87 percent in 2012 …Read More

ROSS Companies

Washington D.C.’s Apartment Experts

More than 25 years ago, Beth and Scott Ross decided to add another facet to their marriage – business. To better manage Scott’s first multifamily asset, Beth Ross formed ROSS Management Services in their basement. She started with three employees and 128 apartments.

Fast-forward to 2013, and the ROSS Companies’ offices consume a floor of a Bethesda office building and the ROSS team is 300-strong.
The ROSS executive team possesses more than 100 years of combined multifamily experience from many national firms. Its portfolio is purposefully based in the Washington, D.C. metro area and is comprised of 28 communities, totaling more than 10,000 apartments. Ross is very proud of her company – and how she grew it. …Read More

TechVision 21

Innovation Policy Powerhouse

They say it’s not what you know. It’s who 
you know. And nowhere is that truer than in Washington, D.C. But what if you could combine the who with the what and add the how? The result would be TechVision21, a technology and policy consulting firm that helps clients develop and execute strategies to advance their policies, programs and funding interests in Washington.

As a former White House staffer and Senate-confirmed assistant secretary of technology policy 
at the U.S. Department of Commerce, TechVision21 President Kelly Carnes and her team are well-connected across government and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. “But we do so much more than just whip out a list of contacts and make introductions,” she says. …Read More

Chevy Chase Trust

Wealthy Families Find Uncommon Solutions

Chevy Chase Trust Managing Director Deborah (“Deb”) Gandy is redefining what it means to provide the highest caliber of comprehensive investment and financial management to wealthy individuals and their families. Working closely with some of the Washington area’s most elite families, Gandy emphasizes a very personal approach which has become all too uncommon in a world of institutionalized wealth management.

“The key is customization. Why should anyone choose to be shoehorned into a preconceived …Read More