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The SAIC Solution:  How We Built an $8 Billion Employee-Owned Technology Company

Published in the spring of 2007, tells the story of J. Robert Beyster, a reticent entrepreneur, 45 years of age, who starts a technical company with a small group of fellow scientists and engineers. The story provides an inside look at how this group grew and made Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) one of the most successful research and technology companies in the world.

The book is organized into 14 chapters. Twelve of them are based on the Principles that were used to run SAIC. The 13th is a discussion of modern corporate governance principles and the 14th is what Dr. Beyster sees in the future.

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The Network Solution Story: Monetizing the Internet

In 1995, SAIC aquired Network Solutions, Inc. (NSI) – a small telecommunications and computer network consulting business at the time. However this "routine" acquisition turned out to be something quite out of the ordinary: with the internet boom around the corner, and NSI having control over Internet domain name registration, new, unprecedented challenges lay ahead. This is ultimately a story of the unpredictability of business, the challenges presented by rapid growth, and the lessons learned through these experiences. Written in collaboration by Dr. J. Robert Beyster and Mike Daniels, it also offers a glimpse into the future challenges to be addressed through the eyes of those who navigated the uncharted waters of internet security, privacy, social networking, politics and policy—and much more—during the exponential growth of the World Wide Web in the 1990s.

Anyone interested in contributing views, providing suggestions or personal stories, or playing a role in shaping the book should visit Dr. Beyster's blog.

Mike Daniels is former chairman of Network Solutions (1995-2000), former chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Mobile 365, Inc. (2005-2006), and former chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (the largest technology council in the United States). He sold his company, Computer Systems Management, to SAIC in 1986 and served as a member of the senior management team from 1986 to 2004. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the Virginia Chamber of Commerce (serving as vice chairman), and the Greater Washington Board of Trade. While at SAIC, Mike identified Network Solutions as an opportunity to help SAIC enter the Internet business, and managed its purchase by SAIC for $4.7 million in March of 1995. He led Network Solutions during times of fundamental change, through three successful initial public offerings in 1997, 1999, and 2000, and its subsequent sale.

Stay tuned for the publishing of this book targeted for 2012!


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