Last Pitch Effort: Is Canada the 51st state after all?

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From: “”Jennifer Bannan, principal, Zero to Five

Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 09:51:01 -0500


Kathleen Sibley, Editor, Technology In Government

Subject: Byline Proposal: biometrics applications and homeland security

Dear Kathleen:

Anybody who thinks the biometrics industry is driven by homeland security and government purchasing hasn’t been following IT historical trends. Just a look back at PCs will show that, while computer applications were once custom-ordered for government, it wasn’t long after that commercial off the shelf (COST) became the government strategy. The fact is, it’s more efficient for budget-constrained government to adopt what has been developed at a low-cost and with the convenience benefits that consumers can swallow.

Biometric applications that are fit for consumer use will be highly effective in homeland security solutions, especially those using the lowest cost and simplest-to-use fingerprint sensor. Take these consumer devices already on the market, which in total use millions of fingerprint sensors, and note the homeland security application on the horizon:

We propose a bylined article, penned by AuthenTec CEO Scott Moody, addressing the ways that COST are sure to bring biometrics into the homeland security equation. As the company with more fingerprint sensors in use than any other (nearing two million sensors), AuthenTec’s experience in consumer electronics makes it an excellent expert on the topic. Please let me know if you would be interested in such an article. We estimate a word count between 1,000 and 1,500. We’re eager to work together!

Jennifer Bannan


Zer0 to 5ive

From: Julie Squires, Mindspring PR

Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 08:36:01 -0500

To: Kathleen Sibley, Editor, Technology In Government

Subject: Case Study: US Mint uses Metis to power decision making for C-Level to line managers

Kathleen, hi.

What do you do after you’ve made the initial investment to populate an enterprise-wide Enterprise Architecture? Use it. At least that’s what the US Mint is doing with Metis, the native XML modeling tool from Computas. They are creating an EA work product that adds value to the organization by pervasively supporting C-level executives, managers, strategists, and planners at every juncture in their decision-making. Please let me know if you would like to talk with Bill Wright, president and CEO of Computas NA. Thanks. Best, Julie””

From: John Wagner, Wagner P.R.

Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 11:10:10 -0500

To: Kathleen Sibley, Editor, Technology In Government

Subject: story pitch: Virtual Outsourced Manufacturing With Hosted Oracle ERP

Here is a story pitch, with guaranteed access to senior C-level executives at JDS Uniphase.

Feature Story Pitch: A ClearOrbit extension to Oracle ERP-using real-time Web pages and Web services APIs-allows six global outsource manufacturers around the world to interact directly with JDS Uniphase through a single Oracle ERP data model. Using ClearOrbit and Oracle, JDS Uniphase seamlessly manages “”drop shipments”” with contract manufacturers and suppliers, yet remains the single point of customer contact.


Specifics: Fiber-optics components maker JDS Uniphase (Nasdaq: JDSU) is implementing ClearOrbit’s Advanced Contract Manufacturing module, which will allow JDSU to manage and seamlessly collaborate in real time with six contract manufacturers, suppliers and their suppliers, around the globe. Through transparent access to JDSU’s Oracle ERP, these manufacturers interact directly with a single JDSU data model via real-time Web pages and Web services APIs. JDSU retains complete visibility and control over the disposition of inventory during the staging and shipment processes at supplier locations, including the printing of shipping documents, commercial invoices and barcode labels, with all of the necessary customer information printed in JDSU’s format, using JDSU’s ERP data. JDSU also remains the single point of customer contact, and the brand the customers associate with the products delivered.

Interview subjects available (all highly quotable):

Paul Brinkley, JDSU’s Chief Information Officer

Alec Shapiro, JDSU’s Senior Manager for M&A and Strategic Programs

Tom Dziersk, President & CEO of ClearOrbit


John D. Wagner

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