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The late businessman and writer, Alvin Toffler, had said, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler was, among his many titles, a futurist. He understood the world was changing and growing in ways that would favor those who changed and grew with it. This meant not becoming complacent with one’s work and mind. To be successful in anything, especially in the workplace, one must always have the mentality that something can be improved and that the mind can always absorb more.

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Technomics' vision, mission, core values, and beliefs represent the compass by which our Company and Employee Owners ensure they are properly oriented and consistently do the right thing.  Our vision – to raise community of practice standards through honest, innovative analysis that produces realistic answers, advances the state-of-the-art and serves as a benchmark for excellence – provided the inspiration for a new Technomics initiative that should pay dividends to the cost analysis community.

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December is a time of many things; it is a time for gathering, celebration and reflection. Amidst the holiday seasonal scurry we often find ourselves looking back on the year that has passed while simultaneously preparing for the year ahead. At Technomics, this time-honored ritual is held especially dear to our leadership and employee owners. As such, we take advantage of this opportunity to not only celebrate the past, but to also welcome the New Year with those closest to us

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In the midst of all of the advertisements and commercialization of the holiday season, it is important to take time to slow down and reflect upon one’s priorities and values. A part of that reflection involves giving back and appreciating the life we are so fortunate to live.  In keeping with this spirit, Technomics has participated in three charitable activities during the month of December.   Our goal was to help and inspire local families and community members.

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How Cloud Costing Capabilities are Shaping Our Future

Once upon a time in a faraway land there sat a Department of the US Federal Government tasked with defending the country. As the Department grew and grew, its capabilities grew too. Soon, programs were being built left and right, creating a tough load to manage. The Department was functioning as an enormous machine in desperate need of new oil.

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At the risk of stating the obvious, the credibility, defensibility, and corresponding value of advice delivered by the cost analysis community to decision makers in government and industry is dependent on analyst competency.  From my vantage point as former President/CEO and current Technical Director of an organization that routinely demonstrates through its actions an enduring commitment to improving this community of practice (COP), I fear that an increasing number of ‘professionals’ in our community aren’t doing their jobs as well as they should. 

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The NextGen Cost Estimating and Analysis group works within the Meetup community to orchestrate professional seminars that highlight speakers who are leaders in our industry.  The purpose of this external group is to facilitate intellectual and collaborative discussions regarding data analytics, new technology, professional development, and continuous improvement.  Anyone in the data analytics or cost estimating community is welcome to attend and stands to gain insight from these thoughtfully selected keynote speakers.  Technomics is proud to serve and support the cost estimating and analysis community by hosting external initiatives like the NextGen Meetup group.

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Throughout our history, Technomics has always had the utmost respect and appreciation for its clients, both civilian and military. To give our thanks, we have served the community through participation in various events: from packaging food donations at the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) to manning water stations at the Army Ten-Miler race. Additionally, at the end of October we completed a relaunch of our Community Service program with the intent of creating new service opportunities that are meaningful and impactful.

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On October 5th, Technomics officially kicked off our Employee Ownership (EO) Month. This month-long celebration provides a platform for highlighting our outstanding employee owners, reaffirming the value of EO, and giving our team an opportunity to reflect on what EO means to us (See our kick-off Blog post: “It’s Our Company: What Employee Ownership Means to Us”). With the celebration in our wake, we take a final look at those events that made this month a success and kindled the flames of ownership pride at Technomics.

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What is the measure of healthy sustainable growth? Is it increasing company revenue and net income? Is it hiring and cultivating new and talented individuals? Or is it expanding the customer base? After 18 straight years of profitable growth, we here at Technomics know it takes all three.

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