Pegasystems | October 07, 2021
Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company that crushes business complexity, today announced NSW Government has deployed Pega software to help significantly simplify its building bond management process through the newly created Strata Hub. By digitizing the Strata Building Bond and Inspections Scheme (SBBIS) with a new online site and mobile app, NSW Government is delivering unprecedented transparency, speed, and accountability for developers, inspectors, and building owners.
NSW Government requires developers to submit a bond equal to two percent of the building contract price on all newly constructed multi-story strata developments. This provides protection for the owners of new multi-story buildings by mandating funds be set aside up-front to cover costs of fixing defective work. However, the previous paper-based bond process system was slow and inefficient. For example, applicants had to fill out repetitive information into up to 35 manual forms and rely on the manual monitoring of timelines and due dates.
By digitizing processes with Pega Government Platform™, NSW Government is eliminating its time-consuming, paper-based operations – significantly improving the speed and efficiency of the entire building bond process with the following elements:
The new SBBIS on the Strata Hub provides full online transparency into all claims, reports, and inspections for all parties involved while keeping everyone on track with real-time updates and deadline reminders. The system assists users on the front end by streamlining required data inputs and pre-filling known data, while also helping NSW Government on the back end with compliance support and improved cybersecurity.
Pega also powers the newly launched SBBIS Inspect app, which integrates with the Strata Hub. The app – built on Pega Mobile® – is helping to streamline the way authorized NSW building inspectors complete their reports. Previously, inspectors would visit a site, take photos of defects (which can mean hundreds of images), and add them to a long manual report later. Now inspectors can capture all data and evidence on the spot, saving time and money while increasing report efficiency and accuracy. The app also supports offline working, meaning no disruption is caused when inspecting basements or other areas with minimal connectivity. Digitally managed processes also give more time back to inspectors who can shift their focus to high-risk compliance matters.
As part of the digitization, the Strata Hub enables parties to proceed through the financial agreements more quickly so building defects can be rectified, without having to go through expensive, complex, and lengthy legal claims. SBBIS currently holds more than $66.5 million in building bonds to fix building defects in a timely manner.
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"Paper-based and disconnected transactions create frustrations for people as they take longer to process, delaying outcomes that in this case, have an impact on people's lives. "With this upgrade, the Strata Hub is modernizing how claims are processed, creating more frictionless service, and ensuring results are achieved much quicker for all stakeholders."
Rob Bollard, director, industry principal, public sector, APAC, Pegasystems
"The SBBIS digitization is a part of a broader transformation strategy currently underway as we seek to increase efficiencies, build trust, and strengthen confidence in the building industry," said Rose Webb, fair trading commissioner, NSW Customer Service. "By doing so, we will provide better protection for new apartment owners against defective building work."
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Appian | February 17, 2022
Appian today announced that Appian Government Cloud is one of the first low-code platform-as-a-service offerings to receive Provisional Authorization (PA) at Impact Level 5 (IL5) for managed cloud applications and services. Appian Department of Defense customers can accelerate their missions with confidence by managing and hosting cloud workloads with a single low-code vendor at industry-leading security and availability levels.
Under Impact Level 5, DoD Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and National Security Systems are accommodated, meaning there are enhanced controls on the availability, confidentiality, or integrity of the information. Appian Government Cloud customers can now harness the speed and power of the Appian Low-Code Platform while scaling infrastructure and services with a single vendor. Appian Government Cloud runs on Amazon Web Services GovCloud (US-West) and delivers dedicated, single-tenant environments to each customer.
Through the authorization program, managed by the Defense Systems Information Agency (DISA), Appian is deemed a viable solution to provide significant time and cost savings, improved security risk management, and enhanced program transparency for mission-critical federal operations.
"Provisional Authorization at Impact Level 5 is a really big deal. It means the military can now securely field innovative, new workflow applications at low-code speed. The future battlefield is data-driven and now the military can adapt and change mission-critical apps and workflows securely and in real-time without waiting months for compliance paperwork."
Michael Beckley, Appian CTO
Beckley continued, "Appian has seen many of the same core ERP and other platform data systems across the military so we have made it easy to unify data from all of them. Every top military priority from modernization and readiness to improved recruiting and retention stands to benefit from this new authority to operate low-code in secure network environments."
DoD organizations accelerate their modernization programs with Appian. Low-code can accelerate development by 10x and enables true enterprise agility, delivering applications that support modern warfighters and their missions globally. Agencies looking to achieve economies of scale in their transformation efforts can now look to Appian as the single vendor for building and deploying mission-critical workloads, and for providing necessary controls for mission leaders.
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Intel | August 23, 2021
What’s New:The U.S. Department of Defense, through the NSTXL consortium-based S2MARTS OTA, has awarded Intel an agreement to provide commercial foundry services in the first phase of its multi-phase Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes - Commercial (RAMP-C) program. The RAMP-C program was created to facilitate the use of a U.S.-based commercial semiconductor foundry ecosystem to fabricate the assured leading-edge custom and integrated circuits and commercial products required for critical Department of Defense systems. Intel Foundry Services, Intel’s dedicated foundry business launched this year, will lead the work.
“One of the most profound lessons of the past year is the strategic importance of semiconductors, and the value to the United States of having a strong domestic semiconductor industry. Intel is the sole American company both designing and manufacturing logic semiconductors at the leading edge of technology. When we launched Intel Foundry Services earlier this year, we were excited to have the opportunity to make our capabilities available to a wider range of partners, including in the U.S. government, and it is great to see that potential being fulfilled through programs like RAMP-C.”
– Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO
How It Works: Intel Foundry Services will partner with industry leaders, including IBM, Cadence, Synopsys and others, to support the U.S. government’s needs for designing and manufacturing assured integrated circuits by establishing and demonstrating a semiconductor IP ecosystem to develop and fabricate test chips on Intel 18A, Intel’s most advanced process technology.
“The RAMP-C program will enable both commercial foundry customers and the Department of Defense to take advantage of Intel’s significant investments in leading-edge process technologies,” said Randhir Thakur, Intel Foundry Services president. “Along with our customers and ecosystem partners, including IBM, Cadence, Synopsys and others, we will help bolster the domestic semiconductor supply chain and ensure the United States maintains leadership in both R&D and advanced manufacturing. We look forward to a long-term collaboration with the U.S. government as we deliver RAMP-C program milestones.”
Intel recently announced plans to become a major provider of U.S.-based capacity for foundry customers, including an investment of approximately $20 billion to build two new factories in Arizona. These fabs will provide committed capacity for foundry customers and support expanding requirements for Intel products.
Why It’s Important: The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has recently sought to diversify its approach to securing advanced microprocessors by leveraging commercially available technologies developed by U.S. companies. Other than Intel, the majority of U.S.-based chip designers are fabless, which means they design and sell integrated circuits that are fabricated by contract manufacturers called foundries. Today, more than 80 percent of leading-edge manufacturing capacity is concentrated in Asia1, leaving the DOD with limited onshore access to foundry technology capable of meeting the country’s long-term needs for secure microelectronics. The RAMP-C program was created to facilitate the use of a commercially viable onshore foundry ecosystem that will ensure DOD access to leading-edge technology, while allowing the defense industrial base to leverage the benefits of high-volume semiconductor manufacturing and design infrastructure of commercial partners like Intel.
About the Broader Efforts: The RAMP-C program is part of a larger initiative to strengthen government supply chain security and accelerate U.S. leadership across the full spectrum of integrated circuit design, manufacturing and packaging. In October 2020, DOD launched the RAMP program using the Advanced Commercial Capabilities Project Phase 1 Other Transaction Authority. RAMP advances and demonstrates commercial leading-edge physical “back-end” assured design methods that transform a high-level chip design into the complex, technology-specific polygon form that is required as input for the wafer fabrication process. Intel is a participant in this project.
Last year, DOD also awarded Intel the second phase of its State-of-the-Art Heterogeneous Integration Prototype (SHIP) program. The SHIP program enables the U.S. government to access Intel’s U.S. advanced semiconductor packaging capabilities with the goal of developing new approaches toward measurably secure, heterogeneous integration and test of advanced packaging solutions. SHIP will develop the capability to use advanced commercial technology to package and test the integrated circuits designed in RAMP and fabricated through RAMP-C.
Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Inspired by Moore’s Law, we continuously work to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address our customers’ greatest challenges. By embedding intelligence in the cloud, network, edge and every kind of computing device, we unleash the potential of data to transform business and society for the better.