GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

BCS Data Center Operations Broadens the Solution Portfolio to Include Government Programs

BCS | April 21, 2021

BCS Data Center Operations (BCS) announces the addition of a new BCS Government Programs branch to its solution portfolio, committed to supporting the mandate of federal, state, and local governments, as well as their partners. The expansion enables BCS to adapt rapidly to vital infrastructure needs triggered by recent government reforms.

Craig Harris, a veteran of the business and government initiatives, has been elected senior vice president and chief federal programs officer, in charge of directing BCS Government Programs activities. He joins BCS with two decades of operations experience, including overseeing colocation operations for a top data center provider, leading the Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure team responsible for U.S. government contracts, leading IT process-design projects for the federal government, and launching state-of-the-art fulfillment centers for Amazon.

Harris worked as a lead associate for Booz Allen Hamilton, where he headed projects for the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Naval Research, the United States Navy, the United States Army Materiel Command, and the United States Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. He was in the Marine Corps for 14 years.

BCS currently manages over 6 million square feet and 350 MW of critical power under contract, with a considerable portion of it handling highly supervised, compliant, uptime-dependent environments for three of the world's leading financial service firms. BCS reported earlier this year that they had earned the Uptime Institute's M&O Stamp of Approval, as well as a good Service Operation Control (SOC) 2 Type II survey and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) evaluation for the Phoenix data center campus.

BCS utilizes a complete lifecycle of solutions delivered by trained and accredited people, best-in-class processes, and cutting-edge technology through a single integrated delivery system, allowing agencies and their clients to concentrate on their primary tasks. Because of BCS's single-source, self-performance model, BCS staff provide at least 80% of all services.

About BCS

BCS is an enterprise-level essential facility operations company that focuses solely on data centers. Via a single completely developed self-performance model, the BCS strategies portfolio includes facility management, IT services, physical security, and a variety of value-added professional services. To achieve improved efficiency, reliability, and scale, BCS employs sophisticated technologies and centralized services such as BCS CriticalWorksTM, BCS CriticalCareTM, and the BCS Tactical Operations Center. With over 6 million total square feet and more than 350 MW of data center critical power under contract, BCS meets the demands of Fortune 500 companies.

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Neuron Leverages the Hedera Network for Drone Radar System in UK Government Sponsored Trial

Neuron | January 06, 2022

Neuron, a leader in aviation technology and air traffic critical national infrastructure, has leveraged the Hedera network, the most used, sustainable, enterprise-grade public ledger for the decentralized economy, in a UK government-sponsored trial to demonstrate the capability to safely track the movements of military, enterprise, and government drones once out of visual line of sight. The trials, which took place at Port Montrose in Scotland on 29 April 2021, and at Cranfield University during October 2021, used sensors to track the drones, recording flight data via the Hedera Consensus Service. Over time, Neuron's vision is to provide a decentralised platform for a range of mobility solutions including drones, air taxis, autonomous vehicles and ground robots. Neuron will do this by connecting sensors, vehicles and management systems to provide a trusted network which can be used for data sharing, record keeping and potentially even decision making. Niall Greenwood, CCO of Neuron, said, "Until now, drones have had limited benefit for governments and private enterprises, because they could not be flown safely out of line of sight and therefore could not be used for long distance deliveries, transport, or inspections. With this trial, leveraging Hedera Consensus Service, we have made unmanned, long distance drone travel possible using safety-critical aviation infrastructure. Each flight creates millions of data points, which no other public ledger has been fast enough to log and correctly order. By leveraging the Hedera Consensus Service we can gather, store, and order this data immediately, giving us a real time 'radar system' for drones." Neuron sensors pick up data points on each drone's location and direction. From there, the Hedera Consensus Service provides a unique method of logging and timestamping the data from each drone flight onto Hedera's decentralized public ledger. The Hedera network operates at a higher speed and performance, with a lower cost per transaction than any other public distributed ledger technology (DLT), offering a scalable basis for drone flights to be adopted across industries. The Hedera network offers all applications the highest grade of security possible (ABFT), ensuring data protection for users. The trial was sponsored by the UK government's department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and took place as part of a series of experiments by BEIS to explore the use of drones. The trial by Neuron successfully demonstrated safely tracking drone flights once out of sight, allowing the drones to fly longer distances safely and securely. Drones for the MediDrone trial are supplied by DJI, the World's largest drone manufacturer. Neuron aims to deploy its solution for all drone use cases, transforming industries and supply chains in the UK and internationally. Applications for drone flights leveraging the Hedera-powered radar system in healthcare include remote medical testing, transportation of medical supplies to difficult locations, movement of equipment from hospital to hospital, Covid-19 test kits and beyond, as demonstrated across the UK on-demand. The Hedera Consensus Service has already been adopted in healthcare solutions in the UK through its usage by Everyware and the NHS to track the cold storage of COVID-19 vaccines, in the Middle East through MVC's use for their track and trace system for pharmaceuticals in Bahrain, and in the US through its collaboration with SAFE and Acoer to provide COVID-19 track and trace systems for Arizona State University, E&I Cooperative, and major enterprises. "Through this trial, Neuron has exhibited an extraordinary feat, allowing unmanned drones to safely exist in the sky. The Hedera Consensus Service enables the use of drones to transport essential equipment across long distances, which has enormous implications in the fields of healthcare and national security in particular. We are excited to continue Hedera's work in these sectors, particularly following our notable partnerships with Everyware and Hala Systems, and to see diverse industries realise the benefits of the Hedera Consensus Service." Mance Harmon, CEO and Co-Founder of Hedera Hashgraph About Neuron Neuron provides services to enable pilotless flights globally, from drone deliveries and search and rescue, to air taxis and cargo deliveries. With a simple intuitive connection to its API alongside consultancy services, operators and UTM service providers are able to get access to airspace which was previously thought to be inaccessible. With partners on 3 continents and some of the world's leading experts in ATM, sense and avoid, drone regulation and computer science, the team is focused on transforming the way people live their lives. About Hedera The Hedera network is the most used, sustainable, enterprise-grade public ledger for the decentralized economy. The platform is governed by a council of the world's leading organizations, including Avery Dennison, Boeing, Chainlink Labs, Dentons, Deutsche Telekom, DLA Piper, EDF (Électricité de France), eftpos, FIS (WorldPay), Google, IBM, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), LG Electronics, Magalu, Nomura Holdings, ServiceNow, Shinhan Bank, Standard Bank Group, Swirlds, Tata Communications, University College London (UCL), Wipro, and Zain Group.

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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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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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