LOL, setting aside the first paragraph, this is going to be an exciting week! I'm going to be spending a great deal of time at the FOSE/GOVSEC show down at the Washington Convention Center. I'll be meeting with prospects, new and old, catching up with contacts I haven't spoken with in months and conducting some video interviews of senior level marketers who's expertise is how to sell technology and services to the federal, state and local government.
The impact of the new Obama administration is becoming clearer as the months go by.
- An increased emphasis on openness, transparency and communication with citizens is having mixed results.
- The cloud computing trend seems to be on everyone's lips as a solution to the ever present problem of silo smashing and data interoperability, but then the cybersecurity czar, Rod Beckstrom, resigns after a month on the job, because the NSA won't let him manage their data.
- Massive amounts of money are going to be spent on healthcare reform, healthcare IT, green technology and broadband access
- Massive amounts of money are going to be spent on just about everything except the Iraq war and insurance companies.
I'm looking forward to speaking with the professionals at FOSE who interact with their government customers everyday. Their insight will be enlightening. This is what I want to know:
1. How is this year going to be different than previous years given the effect of economy and the new priorities of new administration?
2. What are government customers telling them about where procurement dollars are flowing? More, less? DOD/intel versus civilian?
3. What are they doing different this year in terms of sales and marketing strategy or tactics? More trade shows? Less? More sales staff? Less? More Lead generation? social media?
Is there anything else you'd like me to ask? Drop me a comment and I'll get the answers you're looking for...