EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

4 Startups Tapped to Pilot Capabilities at Defense’s 5G Living Lab

GenXComm | October 29, 2020

4 Startups Tapped to Pilot Capabilities at Defense’s 5G Living Lab
Four startups this week won $50K a piece and an opportunity to pilot and test out their technologies at the Marine Corps Air Station, or MCAS, Miramar’s 5G Living Lab in San Diego. The chosen companies—COMSovereign, GenXComm, Omnispace, and vRotors—competed against nearly 50 total for the top spots through the National Security Innovation Network or NSIN’s Navy/USMC 5G Pitch Competition. That network is an organization within the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit.
“All of the winners are developing technology that either will help the Marines establish and deploy secure 5G networks domestically and abroad, or uses the benefits of 5G networks to deliver new strategic capabilities to the war fighter,” NSIN’s Pacific South Regional Director Jesse Gipe explained.

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The landscape is improving for cloud computing initiatives and adoption by federal agencies, though security issues and concerns continue to cause hesitation for decision-makers, according to the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance survey on cloud computing and cyber security conducted by Market Connections, Inc. A similar survey conducted last year  indicated that the more aware and involved government IT decision makers  were with cloud computing and cyber security in general, the more they trusted the cloud model.

Spotlight

The landscape is improving for cloud computing initiatives and adoption by federal agencies, though security issues and concerns continue to cause hesitation for decision-makers, according to the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance survey on cloud computing and cyber security conducted by Market Connections, Inc. A similar survey conducted last year  indicated that the more aware and involved government IT decision makers  were with cloud computing and cyber security in general, the more they trusted the cloud model.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

DDN Federal Government Business Grows Over 30% as Company Doubles Size of Federal Team

DDN | October 14, 2021

DDN®, the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and multicloud data management solutions, today announced it has expanded DDN Federal division, doubling the size of its team over the past nine months. DDN's Federal Government group is expanding under the guidance of new vice president of Federal Sales, Jeff Jordan, who is bolstering the team with technical, system architecture and sales expertise to provide optimized solutions for scalable multicloud, AI and converged data storage requirements. These long-term investments are in response to the accelerating demand for DDN's data storage systems by the U.S. government, which resulted in more than 30% annual sales growth in 2021. "DDN is proud to be a trusted partner for the Federal Government, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy (DoE), and Federal Healthcare agencies," said Jeff Jordan, VP of Federal Sales. "With DDN solutions, our customers are accelerating their digital transformation and achieving unmatched levels of scale, efficiency and reliability with better and faster decisions from their massive datasets." DDN is growing its field technical and engineering headcount and expertise under the leadership of Keith Miller, vice president of Technical Sales, and Andreas Krause who brings extensive system architecture and file system experience to DDN's Federal Government team. DDN's new Federal leadership team also includes Justin Collins, a former member of Oracle's National Security Group, and Rob Genkinger, vice president of Programs and Strategy with Army Special Forces and data storage experience. Additional hires are planned to ensure the success of future projects and expanded collaboration with government-focused channel resellers, systems integrators, and technology partners such as NVIDIA and Intel. "Our foundation in the federal market has been diligently developed by serving agencies running the most demanding applications out there. The U.S. government has entrusted DDN with its data storage needs for more than two decades, and we continue to deliver uncompromising performance, availability and security at massive scale to help them achieve their goals." Paul Bloch, president and co-founder, DDN DDN supplies data management solutions to more than two-thirds of the top supercomputers globally, including the world's most powerful system, Riken's Fugaku, and NVIDIA's Selene, the largest commercial AI system and 5th largest supercomputer. These, and similar systems found in federal agencies and national laboratories, require unique data management and performance characteristics found only in DDN solutions. DDN introduced its latest EXAScaler scalable storage solution, EXA6, this summer, with enhancements that simplify the deployment and management of massive data repositories. DDN also recently announced enhancements to its IntelliFlash product line, with improved performance and scalability to support the largest enterprise data workloads. About DDN DDN is the world's largest private data storage company and the leading provider of intelligent technology and infrastructure solutions for Enterprise At Scale, AI and analytics, HPC, government and academia customers. Through its DDN and Tintri divisions the company delivers AI, Data Management software and hardware solutions, and unified analytics frameworks to solve complex business challenges for data-intensive, global organizations. DDN provides its enterprise customers with the most flexible, efficient and reliable data storage solutions for on-premises and multi-cloud environments at any scale. Over the last two decades, DDN has established itself as the data management provider of choice for over 11,000 enterprises, government, and public-sector customers, including many of the world's leading financial services firms, life science organizations, manufacturing and energy companies, research facilities, and web and cloud service providers.

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GOVERNMENT FINANCE

PublicInput, the Leading Public Engagement SaaS Platform for Government, Receives Minority Growth Equity Investment from Growth Street Partners

Growth Street Partners | October 28, 2021

Growth Street Partners today announced a minority growth equity investment in PublicInput, the leading public engagement platform for government. PublicInput will use the capital to strengthen its leadership position in a rapidly adopting market by accelerating investments in the company's product and go-to-market efforts. Government agencies use PublicInput to connect with the communities they serve, increase equitable participation, and analyze data to deliver better governance. Some of the nation's largest and smallest local governments, state departments of transportation, transit authorities, and regional planning councils rely on PublicInput to engage and listen to their residents. These institutions have engaged more than 35 million people through PublicInput's platform. Governments are increasingly focused on expanding their community engagement, including reaching larger, more diverse groups residing in their jurisdictions. According to a July 2020 Atlas survey of over 600 public officials, 50% of local governments now consider community engagement a top priority. Major events in 2020 surrounding the pandemic, social justice protests, and the national election demonstrate the importance of more constructive collaboration between government and the public. Increasing equitable public engagement has recently gained national attention. Within days of his inauguration, President Biden issued an Executive Order to address environmental justice, launching the Justice40 Initiative to invest in disadvantaged communities. The order spurred the Environmental Protection Agency to, "[T]ake immediate and affirmative steps to improve early and more frequent engagement with pollution-burdened and underserved communities." PublicInput is uniquely positioned to address this need. By aggregating interactions with the public across online, in-person, and other low-barrier formats like phone and text, organizations can reach more people and overlay that participation data with census and EPA layers to ensure representative, equitable participation. The focus on equity is part of a larger shift that PublicInput's technology is facilitating. Through the millions of data points collected from everyday people, governments are making better, more informed decisions by listening to the collective voice of the community, not just the loudest voices or those who are able to attend traditional public meetings. "PublicInput has a diverse and growing community of government customers across the country, and we're committed to helping them solve the emerging challenges of public engagement. With Growth Street, we can invest in new technology and grow our ecosystem of organizations delivering government 'for the people, by the people'." Jay Dawkins, CEO and co-founder of PublicInput "Growth Street is excited to partner with Jay, his co-founder, Graham Stone, and the growing PublicInput team. The company's multi-modal survey and mapping capabilities are integrated with robust communications tools to provide government staff with an invaluable resource. The platform delivers both the efficiency gains government staff need to focus on public service and the digital platform critical to make representative and data-driven decisions on behalf of the communities they serve," said Steve Wolfe and Nate Grossman, the co-founders of Growth Street. PublicInput PublicInput is the operating system for over 200 public agencies and their consultants to communicate, listen, and make more informed decisions. The company provides the only end-to-end solution for the public engagement process and is composed of three core components: Public | Engagement Hub for data gathering, Public | CRM to aggregate and analyze that data, and Public | Contact to ensure efficient and ongoing communication. In building its all-in-one platform, the company's mission is to connect government agencies with the communities they serve and facilitate equitable participation and representative decision making. PublicInput is based in Raleigh, NC and is hiring. Growth Street Partners Growth Street Partners provides early growth capital to rapidly growing SaaS and technology-enabled services companies located in underserved U.S. markets. The firm partners with founders who have personally lived through the problems their businesses solve. Investments include Pear Deck, ChildcareCRM, Visual Lease, Hotel Effectiveness, Suralink, HR Acuity, Govenda, PikMyKid, and PublicInput. The firm has $200 million in assets under management across two funds (Fund I: $70M, Fund II: $130M).

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GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Tyler Technologies Extends 22-Year Contract for Digital Government and Payment Solutions in the State of Utah

Tyler Technologies | December 01, 2021

Tyler Technologies, Inc. today announced that the state of Utah has signed a multi-year contract extension for Tyler’s digital government and payments services. The two-year agreement expands upon the existing 22-year relationship with Tyler’s subsidiary, NIC. “For 22 years, we have worked closely with state and local government entities across Utah to provide constantly-evolving and award-winning digital government and payment services that drive innovation, convenience and adoption. We could not be more pleased to continue that critical work in 2022 and beyond as we expand technology’s role in government.” Elizabeth Proudfit, president of Tyler’s NIC Division NIC Utah designed, hosts, and manages the state’s official website, Utah.gov, in partnership with the state and is a trusted partner to 56 Utah government entities delivering online services and information. In 2020 alone, NIC Utah securely processed nearly 57 million online transactions and more than $400 million on behalf of its Utah government partners. Also in 2020 in response to the pandemic, NIC Utah deployed a chatbot to provide rapid responses to questions and concerns about COVID-19. Most recently, Utah finished second overall among states in the 2021 State Government Experience awards, presented by the Center for Digital Government. Utah has placed in the top three of the overall awards in every year it has been eligible since 2006, including first place finishes in 2007, 2009, 2017, and 2018. About Tyler Technologies and NIC Acquired by Tyler Technologies on April 21, 2021, NIC is a leader in digital government solutions and payments, partnering with government to deliver user-friendly digital services that make it easier and more efficient to interact with government. NIC and Tyler are united in their mission to empower public sector entities to operate more efficiently and connect more transparently with their constituents and with each other. Tyler has more than 37,000 successful installations across more than 12,000 locations, with clients in all 50 states, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and other international locations. Tyler has been named to Government Technology's GovTech 100 list five times and has been recognized three times on Forbes' "Most Innovative Growth Companies" list.

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