ExecutiveBiz’s In/Out List for 2010



Northrop Grumman’s divestment of TASC proved that the days of major integrators housing Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) business units under the same roof are numbered.  Look for more divestments in 2010.

OUT: Karen Evans

IN: Vivek Kundra

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Federal CIO Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra had a banner first year as the Federal CIO, launching data.gov, a site featuring “mashable” data for all of the OMB’s $80 billion in IT contracting dollars.  Look for more game-changing ideas from this high-energy government executive in 2010.

OUT: Chris Painter

IN: Howard Schmidt

Cyber Coordinator Howard Schmidt

Howard Schmidt has taken over as the Cyber Coordinator, coordinating cybersecurity efforts from the intelligence community as well as the military and civilian agencies.  It’s a big job, but someone has to do it.

OUT: No-bid contracts

IN: Competitive in-sourcing

The days of large, no-bid contracts effectively ended on January 20th, 2009 with Obama’s inauguration.  While competitive in-sourcing isn’t a “theological” matter for congress, look for competitive in-sourcing to be a hot-button issue for 2010.

OUT: E-mail

IN: Social Media

E-mail, with its serious security risks, and clunky 1990s-architecture is a web 1.0 tool in a web 2.0 world.  Watch for corporate intranets to supplant it for secure communications in the coming years.

OUT: Outsourcing

IN: Crowd-sourcing

Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra
Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra

Obama’s inauguration promised to usher in a new era of engagement and transparency in government.  With executives like federal CTO Aneesh Chopra and CIO Vivek Kundra fostering public engagement through social media and other web 2.0 tools, it looks like the government will start looking for more game-changing ideas from private citizens.

OUT: Secrecy

IN: Transparency

Another goal of the Obama administration, transparency has taken center stage in the federal government through measures like data.gov and recovery.gov, detailing exactly where federal spending goes.  Look for this trend to continue in 2010.

OUT: Localized Data

IN: Cloud Computing

See GSA CIO Casey Coleman's thoughts on Cloud Computing

Cost-effective, secure, and agile, cloud computing is the wave of the future.  Casey Coleman and Vivek Kundra brought cloud computing to the GSA via the new storefront, apps.gov.  Imagine if your PC was accessible from any internet-connected terminal via a secure connection, and you have the future of computing.

OUT: Credit

IN: Cash or Gold

Equity is out and cash is king in 2010.  Money is no longer cheap, and the equity that financed the wheeling and dealing of the past decade has dried up.  Look for 2010 to be a soberer, more conservative year in terms of M&A activity as most deals on the table will be done with cash up front.

OUT: The Waltons

IN: Rural Broadband

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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

New FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has made increased rural broadband access a priority, and has $7 billion in federal cash to back it up.  Good night, John Boy, good morning fiber optics.

OUT: Advertiser-Subsidized Content

IN: User-generated Content

When two college kids with a hidden camera break one of the biggest news stories of 2009, you know that traditional media outlets are on the way out.  With iPhone apps like CNN’s iReport, traditional reporting methods are becoming less and less profitable.

OUT: International Calls

IN: Skype

Two cents a minute anywhere in Europe and thirty-five cents a minute to Afghanistan, plus the introduction of 720p HD video calling bundled with Vizio television sets means Skype is officially not a fad.

OUT: Compliance-driven security

IN: Knowledge-based encryption

This relic of the Clinton administration is on the way out for sure.  Look for knowledge-based encryption standards to replace it.

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