Hosted by nationally-known speaker and consultant Mark Amtower, Amtower Off-Center highlights the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain silly of doing business in the government market. Every week experts join Mark for a lively discussion of current issues facing the government contractor community.
An overview of generative AI
This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviews Fergal McGovern, CEO of Visible Thread.
Visible Thread(VT) provides support tools and processes for the contractor side of the proposal community, especially in the evolving area of generative AI.
Fergal's background and what VT offers to the contractor community
An overview of generative AI's impact on the GovCon ecosystem
Why hallucinations occur and some potential work-arounds
Two questions to ask when applying generative AI
Prompt engineering & retrieval augmented generation and how to get better results
The "do's and don'ts" of GovCon
This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower starts year 18 at Federal News Network with guest Kevine Jans, president of Skyway Acquisition and host of the Contracting Officer's Podcast.
Kevin's background as a DOD contracting officer prior to Skyway
Starting his podcast 10 years ago
Proposal "do's and dont's"
The Aristotelian method of RFPS (ethos, pathos and logos)
Why Kevin prefers LinkedIn to conferences
The top contracting stories of 2023
This week on Amtower Off Center, Nick Wakeman, editor in chief of Washington Technology, joins host Mark Amtower for an animated and wide-ranging discussion of the biggest issues facing contractors.
The top stories of 2023-24
M&A trends and activity
The increasing role of private equity in the federal market
Key elements for growth in GovCon
The impact of a year-long CR
The new National Defense Industrial Strategy
25 things all small busines contractors should know
This week on Amtower Off Center, Host Mark Amtower interviews contract funding expert Teresa Moon of Parabilis on a wide variety of issues facing smaller contractors and those new to the market.
Our topics include:
Is your product or service viable in GovCon and have you done enough research to bear this out
What is your event/networking strategy? Which events are most germane to what you do and who you need to know?
Does your business plan include a plan for funding contracts that you win?
Where does LinkedIn fit in all of this? What do you need to know to be successful in your online networking
All things ACT-IAC
This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower is joined by ACT-IAC CEO Dave Wennergren for a lively and wide-ranging discussion about ACT-IAC.
a brief history of ACT-IAC
the mission of the organization
professional development opportunities
committees and communities of interest
the ongoing events for the councils and the major annual events
small business participation
All things AI
This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower is joined by Peter Erickson of MoDev, producer of the GovAI Summit.
Topics discussed include:
the current evolutionary stepping point in technology that AI, ML and LLM represent
a little historical perspective on what brought us to this point, including earlier uses of voice recognition
the emergence of AI as a tech transformational event
key players in this emerging arena
and the scope of the upcoming GovAI Summit