National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration CIO Addresses Business Representatives at Peak Series Breakfast

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At Sold-Out Mountaintop Marketing Event, Joseph Klimavicz Discussed How NOAA Is Adapting To Be Both Secure and Agile To Meet Today's Information Technology Needs

U.S. Department of the Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chief Information Officer (CIO), Joseph Klimavicz, addressed hundreds of small and large business representatives at a sold out Peak Series CIO Breakfast, hosted by Mountaintop Marketing Group, LLC (http://www.mountaintopmarketing.com), a full service marketing, advertising and business development firm based in Washington, D.C. At the Bethesda Marriott, Klimavicz discussed an overview of NOAA's strategic IT plan, highlights of priorities for the coming months, as well as the NOAALink major upcoming small business procurement. The March 16 breakfast was sponsored by Provident Bank as well as Mountaintop's Peak Series partners CISCO, Eagle Eye, Design to Delivery, Videobred and ICAT.

"NOAA is a primary business development target for a number of innovative small businesses. We were happy host a forum that allowed these firms to receive first hand information regarding NOAA major's challenges," said Michael Bowlds, chief executive officer of Mountaintop Marketing Group, LLC. "We urge our clients and small businesses to align their services with the strategic focus of the agencies they seek to support. I'm glad that Mr. Klimavicz was able to lay out his strategic focus for NOAA's IT environment."

Keynote speaker Joseph Klimavicz discussed how NOAA is adapting its technology needs to be both secure and agile to achieve NOAA's mission of understanding and predicting changes in Earth's environment and conserving and managing coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social and environmental needs. Klimavicz outlined five strategic priorities for NOAA's information technology, including enterprise IT security, high performance computing, modernizing NOAA's IT infrastructure, improving customer service and solving NOAA's IT workforce challenges. In addition, Klimavicz discussed NOAA's upcoming major small business procurement, NOAALink, which is expected to be a $2.5 billion contract over 10 years that will focus on consolidating and optimizing systems to help the agency operate more efficiently.

To understand the broad spectrum of NOAA, small business owners heard from Paul Kayatta, partner, IBM US Federal Civilian Agencies, Global Business Services. Kayatta discussed how IBM's "Smarter Planet" initiative is helping agencies like NOAA use the large amounts of data they collect to make decisions more effectively.

"We are focusing on taking information technology from just disseminating information to using it to take decisive action in a timely way," said Kayatta.

In addition, Advanced Resource Technologies, Inc. (ARTI), a service-disabled veteran owned small business, received the Provident Bank Small Business Spotlight award for not only providing high quality support to NOAA, but also for the company's significant commitment to the community. Mr. Charles Andersen, chief operations officer of ARTI, accepted the award on behalf of Dr. Horace Jones, ARTI's President and CEO.

Mountaintop Marketing Group's Peak Series Breakfasts are recognized as one of the most productive business development forums throughout the government contracting arena. The series offers small businesses an opportunity to receive first hand contracting information on opportunities, best practices, and key insight into government programs and procurement initiatives. The forum connects agency executives with an audience of small businesses to create and leverage networking and contracting opportunities.

For more information about the Peak Series events, visit http://www.mtopseries.com.

About Mountaintop Marketing Group:
Mountaintop Marketing Group is a full service marketing, advertising and business development firm specializing in assisting small businesses and existing corporations with attracting new customers and increasing sales by developing and implementing highly results-driven strategic programs. Mountaintop's talented staff of business development professionals provides a high impact sales force to assist companies in the development of government and corporate business opportunities.

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