Google Is Facing Another Government Probe Into Its Data Business

Google | December 05, 2019

Google is facing a U.K. investigation into its $2.6 billion takeover of data company Looker Data Sciences Inc., opening up another front in the Alphabet Inc. unit’s ongoing battle with lawmakers. The Competition and Markets Authority on Thursday said that it issued an initial enforcement order, which prevents companies from integrating their services while the regulator carries out an early-stage review of the acquisition. The CMA has asked for comments on the deal by Dec. 20 before it decides whether to begin a formal probe. Google announced in June that it planned to buy U.S.-based Looker for its cloud unit, which lags far behind Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. with just 4% of the cloud-computing infrastructure market as of 2018, according to the most-recent figures from analyst Gartner Inc. U.S. regulators cleared the deal in November.

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.

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.

Related News

GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Tyler Technologies Extends Contract for Digital Government and Payment Solutions in the State of Kansas

Tyler Technologies | October 12, 2022

Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL) recently announced that the state of Kansas has extended its contract for Tyler’s award-winning digital government and payments services. The two-year extension builds upon the existing 31-year relationship with Tyler’s subsidiary, NIC The state of Kansas is honored to be considered the birthplace of eGovernment. In 1990, Kansas passed legislation authorizing the creation of the Information Network of Kansas, Inc (INK). In 1991, INK awarded NIC Kansas the network manager contract and began eGovernment operations, allowing NIC Kansas to become an integral partner of the state over the next three decades. NIC Kansas built Kansas.gov and continues to operate, maintain, and market the website on behalf of the state. “We are honored by the confidence Kansas has always placed in NIC and thrilled to continue that relationship into the future, Through this partnership, we’re able to make government more accessible via technological innovation and acceleration of digital service delivery, ultimately making life better for Kansas citizens.” -Nolan Jones, general manager NIC Kansas. With a focus on innovation, NIC Kansas provides more than 1,000 services to approximately 400 state and local government agencies. Those services include an artificial intelligence chatbot that provides tax assistance, an Alexa app that assists new drivers practicing for their written test available in English and Spanish, and Kansas Business One Stop, a comprehensive portal for individuals looking for help with starting or growing a business. About Tyler Technologies and NIC: Acquired by Tyler Technologies (NYSE: TYL) 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 recognized numerous times for growth and innovation, including Government Technology's GovTech 100 list and Forbes' "Most Innovative Growth Companies" list.

Read More

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Satellogic Signs Three-Year Agreement with Government of Albania to Access Dedicated Satellite Constellation

Satellogic | October 03, 2022

Satellogic Inc. (NASDAQ: SATL), a leader in sub-meter resolution Earth Observation (“EO”) data collection, announced today that it has reached a three-year agreement with the Government of Albania to develop a Dedicated Satellite Constellation. This unique program derives from Satellogic’s Constellation-as-a-Service model and will provide Albania with responsive satellite imagery capabilities across its sovereign territory. Satellogic’s unique offering enables municipal, state, and national governments to manage a fleet of satellites over a specific area of interest and develop an EO imaging program at unmatched frequency, resolution, and cost. Satellogic will enable ​​Albania to address pressing issues involving agriculture management, illegal crops, illegal construction activity, traffic management, wildfire monitoring, border security, and environmental monitoring through high-quality imagery with country-wide capacity at a cost-effective price point. Albania will have priority access to two satellites, which will be named “Albania-1” and “Albania-2”, that are expected to join Satellogic’s fleet in its upcoming satellite launch with SpaceX. “With the Dedicated Satellite Constellation, Satellogic will accelerate Albania’s participation in the New Space Economy. Additionally, these satellites will provide unprecedented, country-wide situational awareness via the best data from space, Albania is aiming to develop its involvement in the space community by leveraging the power of high-resolution satellite imagery, and we’re excited for the opportunity to support the country’s ambitions as well as its duties as a member of NATO.” -Emiliano Kargieman, CEO and Co-Founder of Satellogic. Through Satellogic’s cloud infrastructure, Albania will have access to responsive tasking, analysis, and dissemination of critical insights and information. Satellogic will facilitate training of remote-sensing specialists within the Albanian Government to assist in the analysis and dissemination of satellite-derived products to various ministries in the country and build the capacity of the Albanian space economy. About Satellogic: Founded in 2010 by Emiliano Kargieman and Gerardo Richarte, Satellogic (NASDAQ:SATL) is the first vertically integrated geospatial company, driving real outcomes with planetary-scale insights. Satellogic is creating and continuously enhancing the first scalable, fully automated EO platform with the ability to remap the entire planet at both high-frequency and high-resolution, providing accessible and affordable solutions for customers. Satellogic’s mission is to democratize access to geospatial data of high-resolution images and analytics through its information platform to help solve the world’s most pressing problems including climate change, energy supply, and food security. Using its patented Earth imaging technology, Satellogic unlocks the power of EO to deliver high-quality, planetary insights at the lowest cost in the industry. With more than a decade of experience in space, Satellogic has proven technology and a strong track record of delivering satellites to orbit and high-resolution data to customers at the right price point.

Read More

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Pyramid and Carahsoft Partner to Bring Decision Intelligence to Government Agencies

Carahsoft | October 21, 2022

Pyramid Analytics (Pyramid), a pioneering decision intelligence platform provider, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced a partnership. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as Pyramid Analytics’ Master Government Aggregator®, making the company’s Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform available to federal, state, and local government agencies through Carahsoft’s reseller partners, NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), and OMNIA Partners contracts. Decision Intelligence enabled by AI and Machine Learning (ML) can modernize the delivery of critical public services, including healthcare, homeland security, and defense in the US federal market segment. Carahsoft has added the award-winning Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform to numerous existing federal contracts and will provide marketing and sales support to generate demand within the federal market, state and local governments, and higher education institutions. Through this partnership, Pyramid is represented by Carahsoft’s team of professionals dedicated to serving public sector customers and partners. The next major innovation in analytics is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Applying AI across Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science is what separates Decision Intelligence from traditional business intelligence tools. AI lowers the skills barrier by automating the highly technical work needed to prepare and analyze data and create and share reports and dashboards. The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform delivers data-driven insights for anyone to make faster, optimized decisions. The Pyramid Platform provides instant access to any data, enables automated governed self-service for any person, and serves any analytics need, from the simple to the sophisticated. By uniquely combining Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science with AI guidance in a single environment, the Pyramid Platform reduces cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. This enables a strategic, organization-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics. “Carahsoft has a proven track record selling innovative technology to federal, state and local Government entities across the United States. They also have a long history of forming strong partnerships with emerging technology leaders that will help Pyramid reach important market segments. The Pyramid team looks forward to many beneficial years of partnership with Carahsoft and its reseller partners to deliver value to our government customers.” -Joe Fritsch, Director of Federal Sales, Pyramid Analytics. Edward Walinsky who leads the Pyramid Team at Carahsoft: This partnership provides Government customers with the opportunity to leverage their business data to make better, more informed decisions. We look forward to working with Pyramid and our reseller partners to deliver business intelligence and analytics to our government customers. About Pyramid Analytics: Pyramid is what’s next in analytics. The award-winning Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform delivers insights for making faster, optimized decisions by providing direct access to any data, enabling governed self-service for any person, and meeting any analytics need in a no-code environment. The Pyramid Platform uniquely combines Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science in a single environment with AI guidance, reducing cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. This enables a strategic, enterprise-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics, from the simple to the sophisticated. Schedule a demo. About Carahsoft: Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

Read More