by Jake Bittner, CEO of Qlarion
On Tuesday night, I had the opportunity to attend the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s (NVTC) Hot Ticket Award program at Redskins Park on behalf of Qlarion. As a fan who has felt the ups and downs (okay, mostly downs) of the team for the past 15 years, it was a thrill to tour the team’s training facilities and experience the amount of mental and physical dedication it takes to be an NFL player. The facilities were so impressive that even my colleague and co-attendee for the evening, a huge Cowboys fan, was actually inspired to compliment his sworn enemy – something we may never hear again.
But as exciting as it was to tour an NFL training facility, the big news of the evening was NVTC’s announcement that Qlarion was one of four firms selected as a finalist among many strong nominees for their Hottest Government Contractor award, an annual award that recognizes the most impactful firms serving the public sector.
While we did not win, being a finalist alongside much larger firms (the winner was a multi-billion dollar company) and other strong nominees demonstrates that the industry recognizes that Qlarion is well on our way to achieving our vision of becoming the leading provider of Business Intelligence and analytics solutions for the public sector. For me, the industry validation for our team’s hard work was the thrill of the night.
In addition to our award, I will also be joining NVTC’s newly formed Big Data and Analytics committee. This committee of thought leaders in the Big Data space will focus on growing the Big Data and Analytics community in Northern Virginia by leading efforts to develop a talented workforce, support entrepreneurs and start-ups, and partner with universities. I’m looking forward to becoming an active member of the Big Data and Analytics committee and collaborating with likeminded leaders here in Northern Virginia to solidify our region as a destination for Big Data and Analytics entrepreneurs.