Pentagon to Modify Hundreds of Contracts for COVID-19 Response

Pentagon | March 30, 2020

The Defense Department modified an existing government contract to purchase 8,000 ventilators from four vendors worth as much $84 million, with an initial shipment of 1,400 of the increasingly important ventilators due for delivery by early May. The announcement to purchase ventilators—already in need in COVID-19 hot spots like New York and Louisiana— for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to distribute was one of several major partnership efforts with the defense industrial base the Pentagon touted over the weekend. In total, the Defense Department “has processed several hundred contracts and orders related to COVID activities, including everything ranging from transportation, communication to medical supplies,” according to Department of Defense spokesperson Lt Col Mike Andrews.

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Accela Recognizes Leading Global Government Innovators at Annual Accelarate Conference

Accela | October 08, 2021

Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based SaaS solutions for government, announced the winners of its Trendsetter Awards at its annual conference, Accelarate, this week. The virtual conference provided a space for the event's more than 1,800 attendees to engage and learn from state and local government leaders, product experts, and industry changemakers on how cutting-edge cloud solutions can help to solve today's most pressing civic problems. The theme of this year's conference, which ran from October 4-6, was "Our Path Forward," focusing on the way cities, states, and counties anticipate and meet challenges head-on to create better agency and constituent outcomes. From implementing new digital processes that allow for planning proposals and permit applications to be submitted online, to digitally transforming inspection processes to protect the public health and safety of citizens, to leveraging data for better community outcomes, the award winners demonstrate how state and local government agencies are using Accela's cloud-based solutions to help communities overcome adversity. During Accelarate, attendees heard from Accela executives and product experts, and gained insight into the cloud solutions and digital strategies that will revitalize communities, improve service delivery, and accelerate recovery. "With the challenges presented to governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing recovery efforts, they must reimagine how to deliver essential services while also meeting the consumer-like expectations of their residents. During Accelarate's Trendsetter Awards online ceremony, Accela is proud to recognize the agencies and individuals who are overcoming many of these challenges by leveraging Accela's cloud-based solutions in innovative or collaborative ways to build more resilient futures for their communities." Jonathon Knight, Accela's chief customer officer Registered attendees of the Accelarate conference can access all event content, such as the Trendsetter Awards ceremony, on-demand through December 31, 2021. Accela delivers leading cloud-based solutions to 80% of the top 100 U.S. cities and strengthens communities for more than 275 million citizens globally. For more information about Accela's solutions, click here. About Accela Accela provides market-leading cloud solutions that empower the most innovative state and local governments around the world to build thriving communities, grow businesses, and protect citizens. The company works with 80 percent of the largest cities in the United States and more than 275 million citizens globally benefit from Accela's solutions, which are powered by Azure, for permitting, licensing, code enforcement, and service request management. Accela's fast-to-implement Civic Applications, built on its robust and extensible Civic Platform, help agencies address specific needs today, while ensuring they are prepared for any emerging or complex challenges in the future. The company was recognized as a Microsoft US Partner Award winner for Community Response (2021, 2020), and Government Partner of the Year (2021), and was named as one of the Largest East Bay Tech Employers by San Francisco Business Times. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with additional offices around the world.

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Workday Announces Entry into the U.S. Federal Market

Workday | August 19, 2021

Workday (NASDAQ:WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, today announced it has achieved Ready status for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) at a Moderate impact level. With this achievement, Workday materially advances its position to help federal agencies accelerate IT transformation and gain real-time insights to address critical challenges across workforce development, compliance, financial sustainability, and more. Entry into the federal market will mark a significant milestone for Workday and its opportunity for growth, building on the company’s established history of providing finance, HR, and payroll applications to public and private sector organizations at scale. With Workday Government Cloud, the company’s forthcoming FedRAMP Moderate offering, federal agencies will have access to a portfolio of enterprise cloud applications, including Workday Human Capital Management, Workday Financial Management, Workday Payroll, and Workday Prism Analytics. With Workday, federal agencies will be able to: Address Critical Workforce Needs: The federal sector is facing highly complex issues, ranging from a lack of new workers to replace a retiring workforce, to an urgent need to address diversity in the workplace. With Workday Government Cloud, federal agencies will be able to access real-time data to gain insight into their workforce so that they can effectively tackle these issues. Better Manage Finances: During this period of rapid change, federal agencies must be able to break out of the constraints of complex hierarchies and better manage their resources. Workday Government Cloud can help them make informed budgetary decisions by tracking key financial performance indicators while adhering to compliance rules in real time. Keep Pace with Regulation: Workday Government Cloud provides federal agencies with tools they need to navigate a rapidly changing regulatory environment so they can make quick decisions as the landscape shifts. FedRAMP is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. It helps the U.S. government adapt from legacy IT to secure cloud-based solutions. The U.S. federal market is one of the largest and most complex enterprises in the world, which will now benefit from Workday’s established success and industry-leading best practices in a range of markets including healthcare, financial services, education, hospitality, and retail, to name a few. Workday is listed on the FedRAMP Marketplace, and Authority to Operate at the Moderate level is currently estimated in Spring 2022. Comments on the News: “At Workday we have a long-standing reputation of helping public and private sector organizations make informed HR, finance, and planning decisions so our entry into the federal market is a natural progression in our growth strategy,” said Chano Fernandez, co-CEO, Workday. “The federal sector is facing unprecedented levels of change and complexity, ranging from increasing scrutiny on expenditures to managing its evolving workforce in a post pandemic world. Our goal is to bring federal agencies the support and insights they need, so they can focus on what matters most -- making informed decisions as organizations evolve and supporting their employees in a changing world.” "It's imperative for federal organizations to have the financial management solutions to become more efficient and transparent in fiscal management, and HR solutions that support agencies in quickly and easily recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining professionals with the breadth and depth of competencies required for a 21st century workforce," said Adelaide O’Brien, research director, IDC Government Digital Transformation Strategies. “Cloud solutions are the primary catalyst for such transformation, and enable agencies to become digitally resilient." “Now more than ever, federal agency leaders are seeking new ways to empower their people so they can be agile, resilient, and capable of scaling and adapting quickly,” said John Goodman, CEO, Accenture Federal Services. “As one of Workday’s largest services providers, we continue to invest and innovate together to help clients make rapid and lasting change a reality and to deliver real value for the federal workforce.” About Workday Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, helping customers adapt and thrive in a changing world. Workday applications for financial management, human resources, planning, spend management, and analytics have been adopted by thousands of organizations around the world and across industries—from medium-sized businesses to more than 45% of the Fortune 500.

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Accela Announces Fall 2020 Product Release Which Includes the Launch of its Civic Platform V20.2

Accela | November 02, 2020

Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for government, today announced its Fall 2020 Product Release, which includes the launch of its Civic Platform V20.2 and updates to Accela Citizen Access, GIS, and Accela Mobile. The release also introduces Accela Insights, a new data visualization tool that enables agency staff to create modern and interactive dashboards seamlessly, the Premium Citizen Experience powered by OpenCities, new Civic Applications for Service Request Management and Occupational Licensing, and more. These updates are focused on creating modern, intuitive user experiences for government and expand on Accela's suite of robust cloud solutions designed to help agencies respond to evolving citizen and business needs during times of crisis and beyond.

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