After blacklisting, U.S. receives 130-plus license requests to sell to Huawei: sources

Reuters | August 28, 2019

The U.S. Commerce Department has received more than 130 applications from companies for licenses to sell U.S. goods to China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, three sources said, nearly two months after President Donald Trump said some sales would be allowed. But the Trump administration has not yet granted any licenses for sales to the blacklisted company, said the people familiar with the process who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity. The standstill coincides with mixed messages from Trump in the U.S.-China trade war, which have dimmed hopes for prompt decisions on license applications to sell to Huawei, the world’s top producer of telecoms equipment.

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The affordability of prescription drugs is a pressing concern for many Americans, with broad agreement across the political spectrum that lowering prescription drug costs should be a top priority for Congress. The Trump Administration, members of Congress, and several 2020 presidential candidates have offered proposals to lower drug prices. Many of these proposals would affect prescription drug spending under Medicare, which accounts for 30 percent of national retail spending on drugs and nearly $1 out of every $5 in total Medicare spending (Figure 1).

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The affordability of prescription drugs is a pressing concern for many Americans, with broad agreement across the political spectrum that lowering prescription drug costs should be a top priority for Congress. The Trump Administration, members of Congress, and several 2020 presidential candidates have offered proposals to lower drug prices. Many of these proposals would affect prescription drug spending under Medicare, which accounts for 30 percent of national retail spending on drugs and nearly $1 out of every $5 in total Medicare spending (Figure 1).

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ISG to Publish Study on Microsoft Partner Ecosystem

ISG | November 11, 2021

Information Services Group , a leading global technology research and advisory firm, has launched a research study examining service providers that help commercial enterprises and U.S. government entities adopt and run all major Microsoft software packages as part of their digital transformations. The study results will be published in April in two comprehensive ISG Provider Lens™ reports, one for enterprises called Microsoft Ecosystem 2022, and the other focusing on the unique needs of government entities called Microsoft Ecosystem 2022 – U.S. Public Sector. Both reports will cover a range of Microsoft-related services offered by providers, including managed services related to Azure, support for running SAP products on Azure and the adoption of Microsoft 365. Enterprise and public sector buyers will be able to use information from the reports to evaluate their current vendor relationships, potential new engagements and available offerings, while ISG advisors use the information to recommend providers to the firm’s buy-side clients. The new reports will look at the ways the Microsoft product roadmap has driven broad changes in the corporate workplace in recent years. As Microsoft has transformed itself into a cloud-based company, its customers have made their own digital transformations, replacing on-premises software with a new generation of cloud services from Microsoft and its partners,” he said. “Microsoft ecosystem service providers help enterprises and government entities implement, integrate and support Microsoft’s latest offerings.” Bill Huber, partner, digital platforms and solutions for ISG ISG has distributed surveys to more than 160 Microsoft-related technology and service providers. Working in collaboration with ISG’s global advisors, the research team will produce five quadrants representing the services and products the typical enterprise client is buying in the Microsoft space, based on ISG’s experience working with its clients. The five quadrants that will be covered are: Managed Services for Azure, assessing managed public cloud service providers that offer professional and managed services that augment Azure’s built-in capabilities, including IaaS and PaaS. These services include provisioning, real-time and predictive analysis, and monitoring and operational management of a client’s public cloud and multicloud environment. Microsoft 365 Services, evaluating service providers that aid enterprises and government entities with the adoption, integration and ongoing operation of Microsoft 365—Microsoft’s SaaS-based productivity suite. These services go beyond provisioning and migrating to Microsoft 365; they focus on offering a quick, device-independent, high-quality productivity suite that enables seamless teamwork, irrespective of location and adapted to the role of the user. SAP on Azure Services, looking at service providers that offer capabilities related to adopting, managing and using Microsoft’s dedicated SAP on Azure suite of cloud solutions. The services typically provided by these companies include architecture consulting and an analysis of requirements for the application landscape; technical design with support for configuration; deployment; escalation management; change and fault management; support; optimization and reporting. Dynamics 365 Services, evaluating service providers that assist enterprises and government entities with the selection, integration, customization and operation of Microsoft’s cloud-based Dynamics 365 enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) software. These services focus on the digitalization of business processes through the use of ERP and CRM software. Power Platform Services, assessing providers that offer services related to broad implementations of the Microsoft Power Platform, plus support services and related advanced training. Clients utilize the services offered by the providers to create new and sophisticated software applications for digital transformation, obtain new insights on business operations and optimize business processes in a sophisticated manner. The public sector report will include four quadrants, omitting the one analyzing providers of SAP on Azure services, which is not broadly applicable to this market. The enterprise report will cover the global Microsoft ecosystem market and examine products and services available in the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Australia, Brazil, Switzerland, Singapore and Malaysia, while the U.S. public sector report will cover the U.S. government sector. ISG analysts Craig Baty, Peter Crocker, Mark Purdy, Holm Landrock and Mauricio Ohtani will serve as authors of the enterprise report, while Crocker and Bruce Guptil will serve as authors of the U.S. public sector report. A list of identified providers and vendors and further details on the study are available in these digital brochures: Microsoft Ecosystem 2022 and Microsoft Ecosystem 2022 – U.S. Public Sector. Companies not listed as Microsoft ecosystem providers can contact ISG and ask to be included in the study. About ISG Provider Lens™ Research The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG's global advisory team. Enterprises will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help guide their selection of appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG's enterprise clients. The research currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe, as well as in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, the U.K., France, the Nordics, Brazil and Australia/New Zealand, with additional markets to be added in the future. A companion research series, the ISG Provider Lens Archetype reports, offer a first-of-its-kind evaluation of providers from the perspective of specific buyer types. About ISG ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 700 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data.

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Appian and Accenture Federal Services Collaborate Simplify the Government Procurement Processes

Appian | December 09, 2020

Appian (NASDAQ: APPN) today reported a joint effort with Accenture Federal Services (AFS), an auxiliary of Accenture (NYSE: ACN), to additionally disentangle the federal acquisition measure through low-code robotization. Through the joint exertion, AFS is growing new delivery accelerators to upgrade Appian's Acquisition Solutions, which streamline the acquisition cycle and approve that the cycle completely follows the Federal Acquisition Regulations for defense and regular citizen organizations, their enhancements and approaches. "Federal procurement teams are often bogged down by systems and manual tasks that complicate the acquisition process, increase risk, lower efficiency and add unnecessary costs," said Aaron Jackson, digital platforms lead at Accenture Federal Services. "Appian's low-code automation platform, coupled with Accenture's experience in automation and artificial intelligence, simplifies the acquisition process and delivers tremendous value, helping organizations eliminate process bottlenecks and ensure timely delivery of products and services." In the present computerized scene, federal pioneers are entrusted with mechanizing complex work processes a lot while being needed to safely bind together information, individuals, the advanced labor force, and all business measures. This places a hefty weight on obtainment groups that are attached to obsolete frameworks and have severe spending limitations. To change, organizations must use their present IT ventures and broaden the capacities of their inheritance frameworks, which should be possible with a low-code computerization stage. "Accenture is a long-time collaborator with Appian, and we are thrilled to expand our relationship into federal services," said Marc Wilson, senior vice president of Global Partnerships & Industries, Appian. "Partners play a key role in helping garner awareness for the benefits of low-code automation and we continue to see success when we work together. The new delivery accelerators being created by Accenture Federal Services for the Appian Government Acquisition solutions suite will further aid the government to make changes in their digital automation strategies that have lasting impact." The new delivery accelerators from AFS seamlessly incorporate into the new Appian Award Management arrangement, which progresses the cycle for contract closeout, while rearranging selection and fast execution. About Accenture Federal Services Accenture Federal Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, is a U.S. company with offices in Arlington, Virginia. Accenture's federal business has served every cabinet-level department and 30 of the largest federal organizations. Accenture Federal Services transforms bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes for clients at defense, intelligence, public safety, civilian and military health organizations. About Appian Appian provides a low-code automation platform that accelerates the creation of high-impact business applications. Many of the world's largest organizations use Appian applications to improve customer experience, achieve operational excellence, and simplify global risk management and compliance.

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Combination of Octo with Sevatec Establishes the Premier Pure-Play IT Modernization to the Federal Government

Octo | December 16, 2020

Octo, a chief supplier of arising innovation and IT modernization administrations for the Federal Government, reported today its mix with secretly held, Fairfax-based Sevatec, a main supplier of strategic programming advancement arrangements and computerized modernization administrations to the Federal Government. The blend of Octo and Sevatec makes an exceptionally deft accomplice to government clients that can address complex innovation challenges with development, high-contact administration, and generous specialized and operational assets. The joined association has developed each year since initiation and today creates almost $300 million in income and utilizes around 1,100 talented workers committed to addressing specialized difficulties for government clients across the Defense, Intelligence, National Security, Federal Health, and Civilian commercial centers. Established in 2003, Sevatec drives progressions in innovation, open-source tooling, business best practices in human-focused plan, Agile conveyance, DevSecOps, start to finish security, cloud administration joining, information designing, and computerization. With nearly $400 million in late prime Digital Modernization contract wins, exceptionally essential agreement vehicles, and separating advancements, for example, ShiftUp™, Sevatec has strong force in key business sectors and makes reciprocal extension open doors for the consolidated business to seek after. Sonny Kakar, Founder and CEO of Sevatec, said, “I have known Mehul for years and have admired deeply what Octo has been able to achieve. Octo was the only company we considered for such a transaction because of our shared values and cultural alignment. While the industrial logic of the merger resonated tremendously with us both, it also became evident that it would create significant growth opportunities for our employees and allow the combined business to compete at scale and solve some of the most pressing challenges facing our customers. In a market full of multi-billion-dollar organizations that provide a wide variety of traditional products and services, customers are seeking highly specialized, mid-sized technology partners with deep experience in digital modernization, which is exactly what the combination of Octo and Sevatec offers.” Sevatec’s core leadership team will play leadership roles in the combined business. As part of the transaction, Sonny Kakar will serve as Vice Chair of the Board and Head of Strategy while Tim May, Sevatec’s Chief Growth Officer, will serve as the Chief Growth Officer for the combined organization, a position that was previously unfilled at Octo. Furthermore, Chuck Schefer, EVP at Sevatec, will serve as EVP managing programs in the GSA, DHS, and USPTO markets, among others. Mehul Sanghani will continue to serve as the combined firm’s CEO. The consolidated firm will incorporate market-driving exclusive arrangements and marked protected innovation covering the full modernization range from DevSecOps (ShiftUp™) to Agile Software Engineering (Javana) to Open Source Software Development (Octo CX), to Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain arrangements, all oversaw and improved inside Octo's oLabs™ R&D office. The joined firm will likewise incorporate an unrivaled profundity of enormous scope modernization capabilities and experience across the whole federal space with establishment positions in a few organizations. Organizations profiting by the consolidated organizations' endeavors incorporate significant modernization programs inside the Intelligence Community at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA); inside National Security on groundbreaking projects across the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and at present day programming industrial facilities being stood up inside the DoD, for example, the Air Force's Kessel Run program. Octo and Sevatec additionally have significant parts at Health and Human Services (HHS) on activities across the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and significant modernization programs at Civilian offices like the General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Transportation (DoT), and Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). “With this transaction, I firmly believe we have created a unique, market-shaping organization that is unmatched in terms of its collective ability to be a pure-play modernization and technology solutions provider to the Federal Government and its wide-ranging missions,” said Mehul Sanghani, Octo’s Founder and CEO. “I truly believe no other firm in the federal market can boast a combined culture of innovation and a combined talent base of high-end engineers with expertise in Agile/DevSecOps, open-source software development, cloud engineering, cyber, and artificial intelligence. More importantly, very few federal technology providers can cite large scale modernization success across the end-to-end breadth of mission systems we do collectively – from the Intelligence Community to Health Care Agencies to Defense Systems to National Security and Civilian missions, our breadth of modernization support covers the gamut.” “Over the years, we have teamed with Sevatec – and competed against them – and through it all there has always been a mutual respect between us that laid the groundwork for today’s announcement,” Sanghani continued. “I have long admired the company Sonny has built, and I am elated that we were able to find a partner in Sevatec that complements Octo in so many ways, one that also shares our unwavering commitment to our employees, customers, and the community.” “Individually these two companies are extremely well-managed and consistently deliver for their customers, while also caring for their employees. You see that reflected in their continuous growth through the years,” said Michael Lustbader, Managing Partner at Arlington Capital Partners. “We have admired Sevatec for some time, and we felt this would be a fantastic combination. Arlington is really excited to see what can be accomplished together.” Octo, founded by Mehul Sanghani in 2006, partnered with Arlington Capital in April 2019 and subsequently acquired Phoenix-based Connexta, LLC, a provider of open-source software to the DoD and Intelligence Community. Sheppard Mullin served as legal advisor to Octo on this transaction. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP served as legal advisor, and Baird served as exclusive financial advisor to Sevatec on this transaction. About Octo Octo challenges the status quo, empowering federal agencies to leap IT hurdles by using emerging technologies to create transformative solutions that enable rapid modernization, enhance citizen engagement, and maximize human impact. We continually explore ways to transform IT, producing results vital to national security, intelligence, health care, and more. About Sevatec Sevatec builds the software that powers exceptional government missions. Our Digital Software Supply Chain, ShiftUp™, which brings together commercial best practices and advanced technology tools in Agile delivery, human-centered design, DevSecOps, Cloud, Security, and Data, has helped us modernize several hundred applications across the Federal Government. Founded in 2003 on the concept of “Seva,” meaning “to serve a greater purpose,” we serve the missions of Homeland and Law Enforcement agencies, Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Transportation, and multiple civilian departments and agencies.

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