Planview | March 08, 2023
On March 07, 2023, Planview, one of the leading platforms for connected work from portfolio planning to delivery, announced it achieved Impact Level 4 (IL4) authorization in partnership with a Planview-certified partner, Rise8. In addition, Planview's Value Stream Management (VSM) solution, Planview® Tasktop Viz, is integrated with Second Front Systems' Game Warden platform for authorization. With Authorization to Operate at IL4, Planview can deploy its VSM solution to agencies within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.
In an increasingly digital world, the federal government intensifies the demand to build and run software that helps its people and mission. However, as government agencies struggle to keep up with contemporary solutions, the pace of IT reforms and the impact of technology on operations is at a breaking point. As a result, innovative federal programs and agencies are implementing secure operating models to improve government service delivery.
In the Forrester Wave™: Value Stream Management Q4 2022 report by Sarah Morana, Chris Condo, and Kara Hartig, Planview was named a leader on December 6, 2022, after the company acquired Tasktop in the previous year.
CTO at Planview and Creator of the Flow Framework®, Mik Kersten, stated, “With our VSM solution authorized to operate at the federal level, leaders can now gain unprecedented visibility into transformation efforts. We are helping to close the digital divide between the public’s expectations of modern digital experiences and what technology services the federal government can offer when building on large, complex, and legacy systems.” He added, “Planview Tasktop Viz offers clear, simple visibility by enabling data-driven decisions, uncovering bottlenecks that result in delays in planning, and gaining actionable items upfront.”
(Source – Business Wire)
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Planview is a connected work platform from portfolio planning to delivery. The company is committed to its mission which is to build the future of connected work, from ideas to impact. It supports its customers from the need to speed, from passion to progress, and from overhead to optimization, accelerating the achievement of what matters most to an organization. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model empower clients to provide innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences.
Rancher Government Solutions | March 02, 2023
On March 01, 2023, Rancher Government Solutions, one of the leading security Kubernetes and cloud-native containerized applications for the U.S. government, launched Rancher Government Carbide. The new solution is an advanced security solution for protecting the nation's software supply chain against increasing threats. In addition, Carbide makes it easier to manage Kubernetes security by giving users a better, more standard way to check and confirm that their software is safe and secure.
Rancher Government Carbide protects the software supply chain by using a centralized, secure container registry for end users and a secure signing key to prove that the software came from a trusted source. Carbide's pipeline also uses tools for scanning for weaknesses and making software bills of materials (SBOMs). Additionally, the solution supports the DISA-validated and Kubernetes' published management platform and distribution with Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) (Rancher MCM 2.6 & RKE2).
A tool within Carbide, STIGATRON, is built to authorize to make sure downstream clusters are secure. The tool eliminates system administrators' obstacles during the validation process by scanning downstream clusters automatically from the centralized Rancher Manager and resembling them to the STIG cluster, thereby enabling automated compliance with federal government security standards. In addition, the Carbide solution also includes airgap documentation and edge capabilities. It is additional support to the existing product suite of the company, designed to help customers overcome the security challenges associated with application modernization, containers, and Kubernetes.
About Rancher Government Solutions
Based in Reston (Virginia), Rancher Government Solutions is primarily developed to meet the needs of the U.S. Government and Military in relation to application modernization, containers, and Kubernetes. It provides support for open-source software stacks for container-adopting teams. It addresses the operational and security challenges associated with managing multiple Kubernetes clusters at scale and equips DevOps teams with the tools required to run containerized workloads. In addition, it offers support to all Rancher products, with U.S.-based American citizens currently supporting programs across the Department of Intelligence Community, Defense, and civilian agencies.
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Bluescape | February 23, 2023
Bluescape, a visual collaboration and online whiteboard software platform, has recently announced an agreement with Arrow Electronics' public sector practice, immixGroup, to offer Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorized virtual workspace for intelligence, defense, and federal civilian customers. It would deploy the network of immixGroup's contract vehicles and partners for this offering.
With the sponsorship of the Air Force of the U.S., it was recently awarded FecRAMP Authorization at the Moderate Impact Level and DISA IL-4+ authorization for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). A visual collaboration, receiving both authorizations, is unique. A value-added distributor in the public sector, immixGroup, connects technology companies with government agencies and helps in their businesses. Through its collaboration, federal, defense, intelligence, and civilians enable access to many IT solutions through selected business partners and contracts. The government customers like GSA, Army ITES, and SEWP can use Bluescape services on immixGroup contract vehicles.
Vice President at Public Sector Channels and Partners of Bluescape, Norm Litterini, said, "Bluescape is a simple, yet powerful tool that remains the only truly secure visual collaboration solution to meet both FedRAMP and DISA IL-5 requirements." In addition, he added, "immixGroup's network of resellers and contract vehicles, combined with Bluescape's FedRAMP certification, will provide a smoother path for customers to be compliant with the Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity and the Office of Management and Budget's zero trust strategy."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, Bluescape, a software development company, has offered solutions for the visual workplace since 2012. It fulfills security needs for the public sector with FedRAMP-authorized cloud solution and air-gapped software. It empowers distributed teams with easy-to-use tools for agility in complex processes, eliminating missed deadlines, miscommunications and wasted time. It offers solutions for collaboration software, project management, online whiteboard, creative design, product design, idea management, remote work, hybrid work, team communication, media and entertainment, virtual story room, creative software, content management, file sharing and web conferencing. It partners with various government agencies and Fortune 100 companies.
Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, immixGroup, an IT consulting and services company, has provided solutions for information technology, marketing, training, federal channel, federal IT, public sector, government sales, federal government services, state and local sales, federal budget, contracts, and federal sales and aggregator. Arrow Electronics acquired it in 2015. It helps software and hardware manufacturers and their channel partners for business growth and sales cycle, in public sector. It provides support and expert resources for business growth in public sector, products and services for government businesses and IT products from more than 350 suppliers and about 1,200 solution providers.