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Carahsoft to Bring Opus Interactive Hybrid Cloud Services to Government Market; John Lee Quoted

John Lee VP Carahsoft

Carahsoft Technology has agreed to offer Opus Interactive’s suite of hybrid and multicloud platforms and services to public sector customers through the former’s Cloud Purchasing Program. "Opus Interactive’s focus on compliance with FedRAMP and the latest regulatory mandates makes them a great addition to our cloud solutions portfolio under CPP,” said John Lee, vice president of cloud services at Carahsoft.

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Booz Allen’s Julie McPherson on Five Rules for Federal Tech Leaders to Maintain Digital Transformation Momentum

Julie McPherson EVP Booz Allen Hamilton

Julie McPherson, an executive vice president and head of digital solutions business at Booz Allen Hamilton, wrote in a guest piece published Friday on Nextgov that there are five rules technology leaders at federal agencies should consider to maintain the momentum in digital transformation to meet mission needs and one is planning for and harnessing failure to continuously improve a platform.

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Operational Resilience, Budget Realities Among Key Themes in PSC’s Biennial Acquisition Policy Survey; Alan Chvotkin Quoted

Alan Chvotkin EVP and Counsel PSC

A new Professional Services Council survey has identified five themes based on interviews with more than 22 government officials from 10 federal agencies and one of those is operational resilience and adaptability of the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. Government respondents in the 2020 Biennial Acquisition Policy Survey: A New Paradigm said procurement offices shifted to telework with minimal interruptions to business operations.

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Cloudera Government Solutions’ Henry Sowell: Automated Tools Could Help Agencies Glean Insights From Streaming Data

Henry Sowell CIO Cloudera

Henry Sowell, chief information officer for Cloudera Government Solutions, wrote in a guest piece published Wednesday on Nextgov that agencies seeking to optimize streaming data for decision-making should adopt a data platform that could help analyze large volumes of data in real time using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Air Force SBIR, STTR Program to Launch First Call for FY 2021 Open Topics in Mid-January

US Air Force

The Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program announced at the AFWERX Accelerate event that it will release the first open topic for fiscal year 2021 on Jan. 14, in coordination with the Department of Defense. The first open topic will run through Feb. 18 and the second and third open topics will be released respectively in May and September next year and close 30 days after.

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Accenture Subsidiary, Appian Partner to Streamline Gov’t Acquisition Process; Aaron Jackson Quoted

Aaron Jackson Digital Platforms Lead AFS

Accenture’s federal arm and Appian have teamed up to help defense and civilian agencies simplify the acquisition process with the use of low-code automation technology. Accenture Federal Services is working on delivery accelerators to update Appian’s suite of Acquisition Solutions designed to simplify the procurement process in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations.

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VMware’s Bill Rowan on Federal Digital Transformation Amid Pandemic

Bill Rowan VP VMware

Bill Rowan, vice president of federal sales at VMware and a three-time Wash100 Award recipient, said in a video interview posted Friday on FedScoop that the federal government has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in an innovative and timely fashion by embracing digital transformation to facilitate the delivery of services to citizens and accomplish the mission while keeping their employees safe amid the health crisis.

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Army Seeks Info on JTAARS Supply Drone Concepts

JTAARS Supply Drone

The U.S. Army has asked industry for information on supply drone concepts as part of the Joint Tactical Autonomous Aerial Resupply System program. A notice published Thursday on the beta SAM website says the service is seeking a first unit equipped supply drone that could demonstrate operational capability at technology readiness level 6, could be ready for use by 2026 and could comply with regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration and the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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Perspecta’s Chris Painter on Steps DISA Should Take to Advance Fourth Estate Digital Modernization

Chris Painter VP Perspecta

Chris Painter, vice president and chief engineer for the Navy and Marine Corps Intranet at Perspecta, wrote in an article published Wednesday on Breaking Defense that there are several steps the Defense Information Systems Agency can take as it plans to modernize the information technology infrastructure of fourth estate agencies through the Defense Enclave Services program. He said the first step calls for DISA to assess the as-is environment to better understand the capabilities of the IT infrastructure and the population’s requirements.

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