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Sami Lais

Sami Lais is a special contributor to Washington Technology.

Qwest scores $100M DOD Networx deal

An task order in excess of $100 million will make Qwest the Defense Department's sole Internet service provider.

Qwest, CenturyLink finalize merger, become fourth largest carrier

Qwest Communications and CenturyLink complete their merger and the government unit, which holds the Networx contract, will continue to operate as Qwest for the next several months.

$3B saved, $17B to go on 25-point reform plan

OMB's 25-point plan is making progress, according to government CIOs, but questions remain about long-term oversight to make sure goals are met.

Winners and losers in cloud computing

Cloud computing's acceptance across a wide swath of government is inevitable. For contractors, some will get hurt and others will flourish. Which side will you be on?

Level 3 takes FBI functions to the cloud

Under a subcontract, Level 3 will provide content delivery services under a cloud model for the FBI.

Apptis scores $60M SEC Alliant award

Company will implement cloud solution to help agency improve its infrastructure.

Gartner dubs two Networx vendors security leaders

AT&T and Verizon Business earn spots at the top of Gartner's rankings of managed services providers.

4 steps to a more successful government business

In the final installment of our three-part series, our panel of experts offers more tips on how to succeed in a changing market.

4 steps to controlling your destiny in 2011

Our panel of experts offers tips on how to work with customers and understand your competitors if you want to be successful in 2011.

How to be a contract loser, guaranteed

Our panel of experts offers different strategies for success in the market, but what one thing do they agree contractors should avoid at all costs?

5 keys to understanding Cisco CEO's world view

Cisco leader sees opportunities and challenges ahead. What's his advice for succeeding in a very competitive market?

Will you win the contracts you need to survive 2011?

The future holds more competition, tighter margins and big opportunities for politically savvy, nimble-footed companies. Are you ready?

Cloud vendors get $77M opportunity from GSA

Eleven contractors get the green light from the General Services Administration to provide federal, state, local and tribal governments with cloud storage, virtual machines and Web hosting services.

$5 billion satcom contract opens for business

The Future Commercial Satellite Communications Acquisition contract now has enough contractors to begin competitions for work under the $5 billion Schedules program.

Tax changes could save U.S. bacon

The United States should revamp its tax structure to increase technology investment and productivity, or else it risks losing its competitive advantage over other countries, Cisco's CEO says.

Cisco's vision of the future

Cisco CEO John Chambers sees productivity growth ahead with collaboration and video leading the way, but will it be based in the United States?

AT&T debuts mobile encryption app

AT&T offers new two-factor encryption service for mobile phone users for sensitive-but-unclassified voice communications.

Networx is hare fast, but awards are turtle slow

During the past month, only two statements of work have moved a step closer to transitioning services from the old FTS2001 system to Networx, and just three awards have been made.

Satellites drive steady stream of new business

Satellite technology could hardly be hotter as government agencies rely on it to predict the weather, surf the Web, run defense and intelligence applications, further scientific research, and provide critical data.

One way hot tech meets cold cash

American Security Challenge creates a forum where entrepreneurs can meet potential customers and in some cases find new sources of funding.