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POTOMAC TECH WIRE -- Jan. 28

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o ASGN Acquires Arlington-Based Blackstone Federal, Combines it with ECS

o Dentsu Aegis Network Acquires Digital Pi to Bolster Columbia's Merkle

o San Francisco-Based IdeaScale Acquires DC-Based Betterific

o Falls Church-Based NetImpact Names Chad Sheridan as CIO

o Maryland Department of Commerce Awards 16 ExportMD Grants

o Briefly Noted: Treble, Raytheon, Perspecta

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o ASGN Acquires Arlington-Based Blackstone Federal, Combines it with ECS


Arlington, Va. -- ASGN, a California-based provider of IT and professional services, said it has paid $85 million in cash to acquire Arlington-based Blackstone Federal, a division of Blackstone Technology Group. As a result of the deal, Blackstone Federal, which provides engineering, digital and design services, is now part of ASGN's ECS government IT solutions and services segment, based in Fairfax. Ted Hanson, ASGN's president and CEO, called the acquisition key to his company's plan to "scale ECS to over $1 billion in revenue." Founded in 2002, Blackstone Federal has more than 18 years of experience providing highly technical support to the Department of Homeland Security and its sub-agencies. Last year, the company had $44 million in revenue.

http://www.ecstech.com

http://www.blackstonefederal.com

https://ecstech.com/asgn-acquires-blackstone-federal/


o Dentsu Aegis Network Acquires Digital Pi to Bolster Columbia's Merkle


Columbia, Md. -- Dentsu Aegis Network, the London-based majority owner of Columbia-based marketing agency Merkle, said it has acquired Texas-based digital marketing agency Digital Pi. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Dentsu plans to combine Digital Pi with Merkle, extending its B2B business. "Digital Pi will be a key player in our expansion throughout the new decade," said Craig Dempster, the president of Merkle Americas. "Digital Pi's B2B consulting capabilities will strengthen our existing relationships and open doors to new opportunities." Digital Pi's 50 employees will join Merkle, with founder and CEO Ryan Vong will reporting to Michael McLaren, the global CEO of Merkle B2B Group. In the past year, Merkle has carried out three major acquisitions, adding more than 2,200 employees.

https://www.merkleinc.com/

http://www.digitalpi.com

https://www.merkleinc.com/news-and-events/press-releases/2020/dentsu-aegis-network-builds-out-merkles-b2b-services


o San Francisco-Based IdeaScale Acquires DC-Based Betterific


Washington, DC -- IdeaScale, the San Francisco-based developer of an idea management platform, said on Tuesday it has acquired DC-based Betterific, the creator of a crowdsourced open innovation platform. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. IdeaScale said the acquisition -- the third in company history --  will give users full visibility into their knowledge base, both inside and outside their organization. "We see our acquisition of Betterific as a way to more fully empower the changemakers at organizations with a broader, global crowd of collaborators than they could build on their own," said co-founder and CEO Rob Hoehn. Seven-year-old Betterific counts Target, Coca-Cola, Masco Cabinetry and Cargill among its clients.

http://ideascale.com/

http://innovation.betterific.com/

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ideascale-acquires-betterific-offering-comprehensive-internal-and-external-open-innovation-capabilities-300993729.html


o Falls Church-Based NetImpact Names Chad Sheridan as CIO


Falls Church, Va.  -- NetImpact, a Falls Church-based provider of IT modernization and technology services to federal agencies, on Tuesday named Chad Sheridan as its chief innovation officer. Sheridan most recently served as chief of the information solutions service delivery and operations branch of the Department of Agriculture's Farm Production and Conservation Business Center, and previously was chief information officer (CIO) at the USDA's Risk Management Agency.

http://www.netimpactstrategies.com


o Maryland Department of Commerce Awards 16 ExportMD Grants


Baltimore -- The Maryland Department of Commerce said it has awarded ExportMD grants to 16 state companies. The monthly grants are designed to assist small and mid-sized businesses with travel and marketing costs associated with exhibiting at international trade shows. The latest recipients include: (Anne Arundel County) Allied International and i4DM; (Baltimore City) Baltimore Cyber Range, emocha Mobile Health, PathSensors, Restorative Therapies, Thames Technology Holdings and Weiss PR; (Baltimore County) Pevco Systems International; (Frederick County) Integrated Pharma Services; (Howard County) Keys; (Montgomery County) Health Solutions Research, LKC Technologies, PediaMetrix and Shreis Scalene Sciences; and (Prince George's County) GraceMed Solutions.

https://commerce.maryland.gov/fund/programs-for-businesses/exportmd-program


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> Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit - April 24, 2020 in DC


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o Briefly Noted:


(Arlington, Va.) Arlington-based government technology contractor CACI International on Monday named Marlin Edwards as its senior vice president of business development. Edwards previously spent 15 years in various roles at ManTech, most recently as that company's business development vice president.

http://investor.caci.com/file/Index?KeyFile=402449676


(Columbia, Md.) Columbia-based GSE Systems, a provider of training, engineering, compliance, simulation and workforce technology to the power industry, said on Monday it has changed its name to GSE Solutions. The company said the new name is designed to help unify the market presence of its recently acquired businesses.

https://www.gses.com/news/gsesolutions/


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> Join WIT on February 20th and Learn about The State of Technology in Healthcare


Join Women in Technology on Thursday, February 20th as we discuss the implications of improvements in healthcare technology and service design on patients, caregiving and physicians. We'll review the near- and longer-term impacts of technology advancement, dramatic increases in on-demand access, and the explosion of investment in the future of the healthcare landscape. Hear from an all-female panel of industry experts, including Maheen Mirza, Director, Dell Technologies, Federal Healthcare, Genevieve Morris, Founder, Integral Health Strategies, and Patty Obermaier, Vice President, US Health & Life Scinces Organization at Microsoft. The panel will be moderated by Andrea Wright-Snader of Emagine IT, Inc. Register Now at bit.ly/Feb2020WIT



> Women in Technology is accepting applications for its Mentor-Protégé Program #44 - Apply Today!


Women in Technology (WIT) is accepting applications for protégés to join the next Mentor-Protégé Program, which starts February 2020 at Revature in Reston, VA. Mentors and protégés dedicate one evening per month to foster career and professional development. Mentors are director or executive level professionals with at least 15 years of career experience providing leadership in technical or business functions. Protégés are professional women seeking to advance their careers in technology (STEM, IT, etc.), who are early in their career, changing career direction, or reentering the workforce and who desire to work with a more seasoned professional. Mentoring sessions also feature a light dinner, networking, and presentations from speakers on career-related topics For more information on the program or to apply as protégé (or mentor) please check out the following page for more details and the applications: https://bit.ly/WITMentorProtege

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> Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit - April 24, 2020 in DC


Mark your calendar! The 2020 Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit will be held on Friday, April 24 in Washington, DC. The annual event brings together the leading brand, marketing and digital leaders in the Mid Atlantic to talk about the most important topics and issues facing them. We're expecting 500+ attendees. Last year, the event sold out! It features dozens of keynotes, panels, workshops and presentations, plus lots of networking. Full details are here: https://mamsummit.com/


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> Software Development Manager, Alexa


Voice-driven AI experiences are finally becoming a reality and Amazon’s Alexa cloud service and Echo devices are at the forefront of this latest technology wave. We deliver world-class products on aggressive schedules that are used every day, by people you know, in and about their homes. At the same time, we obsess about customer trust and ensure that we build products that respect customers. We are looking for an experienced, entrepreneurial, and technically adept engineering leader who can work drive a product vision, build a roadmap, and lead engineering functions to build products and services that customers love. As a Software Development Manager for Alexa, you will have an enormous opportunity to impact the customer experience, design, architecture, and implementation of cutting-edge products and services. For more information, go to: https://www.amazon.jobs/en/jobs/1037820/software-development-manager-alexa



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