Free tech help for state and local government

GCN | March 29, 2020

The U.S. Digital Response for COVID-19 site offers a platform designed specifically to help state and local governments get tech help for managing pandemic response from volunteers. Started by three former U.S. deputy CTOs and a former Facebook executive, the site says it has more than 500 qualified volunteers skilled in technology, data, design and operations, many of whom have worked at all levels of government, including the U.S. Digital Service, 18F and Code for America.

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo remarks to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group at the Commonwealth Club, in San Francisco, California.

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo remarks to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group at the Commonwealth Club, in San Francisco, California.

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Databricks Receives FedRAMP High Authority to Operate Across Public Sector

Databricks | November 27, 2020

Databricks, the Data and AI Company, today declared that Microsoft Azure Databricks has gotten a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High Authority to Operate (ATO). This approval approves Azure Databricks security and consistence for high-sway information investigation and AI over a wide scope of public area, industry, and endeavor use cases. FedRAMP is a normalized way to deal with security evaluation, approval, and nonstop checking for cloud administrations as characterized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The ATO was allowed by the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) which comprises of delegates from the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the General Services Administration (GSA). "At Veterans Affairs, we included Azure Databricks as part of our Microsoft Azure Authority to Operate (ATO)," said Joseph Fourcade, Lead Cyber Security Analyst, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office (ECSO). "When Databricks received FedRAMP High approval, we were able to move quickly to inherit that same Azure ATO and approve Azure Databricks for production workloads. Timing couldn't have been better, as we have been working with a number of VA customers implementing Databricks for critical programs." "Numerous federal agencies are looking to build cloud data lakes and leverage Delta Lake for a complete and consistent view of all their data," said Kevin Davis, VP, Public Sector at Databricks. "The power of data and AI are being used to dramatically enhance public services, lower costs and improve quality of life for citizens. Using Azure Databricks, government agencies have aggregated hundreds of data sources to improve citizen outreach, automated processing of hourly utility infrastructure IoT data for enabled predictive maintenance, deployed machine learning models to predict patient needs, and built dashboards to predict transportation needs and optimize logistics. FedRAMP High authorization for Azure Databricks further enables federal agencies to analyze all of their data for improved decision making and more accurate predictions." "We are pleased to add Azure Databricks to our portfolio of services approved for FedRAMP at the high impact level in Microsoft Azure Government," said Lily Kim, General Manager of Azure Government at Microsoft. "Azure Government provides the most trusted cloud for mission-critical government workloads. FedRAMP High approval for Azure Databricks enables government customers to build fast and reliable data lakes for innovative new use cases, such as risk management and predictive analytics." With this certification, clients would now be able to utilize Azure Databricks to handle the U.S. government's generally touchy, unclassified information in distributed computing conditions, including information that includes the insurance of life and monetary resources. From customized medical care and instruction to space investigation and energy research, Azure Databricks empowers associations to quicken new development while limiting danger when working with exceptionally touchy, private and public area information. With FedRAMP, associations have a steady method to assess the security of cloud arrangements utilizing NIST and FISMA characterized principles. FedRAMP offers a few degrees of affirmation and Azure Databricks has met the entirety of the necessities for approval for the most significant level of confirmation. Sky blue Databricks gets numerous other Azure administrations together with the FedRAMP High approval, empowering public area, undertaking and industry vertical clients to make and send cloud-based applications with certainty. About Databricks Databricks is the data and AI company. Thousands of organizations worldwide — including Comcast, Condé Nast, Nationwide and H&M — rely on Databricks' open and unified platform for data engineering, machine learning and analytics. Databricks is venture-backed and headquartered in San Francisco, with offices around the globe. Founded by the original creators of Apache Spark™, Delta Lake and MLflow, Databricks is on a mission to help data teams solve the world's toughest problems.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Vyopta Partners with Carahsoft Technology, a Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider

Carahsoft | February 17, 2021

Vyopta, a main supplier of Collaboration Intelligence, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced a partnership. Under the arrangement, Carahsoft will fill in as Vyopta's Master Government Aggregator® and make Vyopta's exhaustive checking and examination for Collaboration Performance Management (CPM) and Workspace Insights arrangements accessible to the public area through Carahsoft's affiliate partners and NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V and Maryland COTS contracts. “Collaboration has become critical in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our customers have expressed a need for full visibility into their complex collaboration environments,” said Natalie Gregory, Vice President of Sales managing the Vyopta practice at Carahsoft. “Vyopta empowers public sector agencies to improve collaboration, optimize meeting room usage, meet compliance reporting requirements, and efficiently manage large, complex collaboration environments. We look forward to partnering with Vyopta to provide innovative collaboration intelligence solutions to our public sector customers with the support of our reseller partners.” Vyopta helps governments in the U.S., Canada, and Europe uphold a wide scope of collaboration use cases including giving strategic correspondence, empowering far off wellbeing administrations and expanding admittance to office administrations. Vyopta's CPM Monitoring arrangement gives ongoing cautions and nitty gritty measurements on execution and nature of live and finished gatherings – video, telephone or online. CPM Analytics offers significant experiences that can recognize cost-saving measures while distinguishing convenience and quality concerns. Vyopta incorporates and gathers information from Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Zoom (counting Zoom online courses), Google Meet, Cisco UCM, Cisco Meeting Server, Pexip, entryways for voice and video, and IoT collaboration gadgets. “We’re excited to partner with Carahsoft to set up a distribution channel in the public sector market for the first time,” said Cody Bell, Director of Federal Accounts at Vyopta. “We are seeing high demand among federal agencies to provide video and UC troubleshooting tools that are simple to use for front-line IT support teams.” Vyopta’s U.S. Federal government customers include the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Federal Reserve System, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. Senate and U.S. Courts. In early January, Vyopta received the “In Process” designation from the U.S. Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), and is listed on the FedRAMP marketplace website. About Vyopta Incorporated Vyopta, the Collaboration Intelligence company, is a global leader in comprehensive monitoring and analytics for Collaboration Performance Management and Workspace Insights. By integrating insights from multi-vendor Unified Communications & Collaboration vendors and IOT devices, Vyopta helps organizations deliver the best UC user experience and optimize their UC and real estate investments. Vyopta helps hundreds of organizations worldwide spanning 20+ industries monitor 6 million endpoints and over 20 billion meeting minutes a year. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®. As a top-performing GSA Schedule, SEWP and ITES-SW2 contract holder, Carahsoft serves as the Master Government Aggregator® for many of its best-of-breed technology vendors, supporting an extensive ecosystem of manufacturers, value-added resellers, system integrators and consulting partners committed to helping government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best possible value.

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Proximai Offering Data Science Solutions with Low-Cost AI-as-a-Service to Department of Defense, Federal Government Agencies

Proximai | September 29, 2020

Proximai is breaking new ground in the aerospace industry as one of the first companies to offer remote, subscription-based AI consulting services and machine learning systems for aeronautics, astronautics, and astrophysics managers and engineers at commercial aerospace firms, department of defense, federal government agencies, non-government organizations, and prime & subcontractors.

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