U.S.-based chip-tech group moving to Switzerland over trade curb fears

Reuters | November 25, 2019

A U.S.-based foundation overseeing promising semiconductor technology developed with Pentagon support will soon move to Switzerland after several of the group’s foreign members raised concerns about potential U.S. trade curbs. The nonprofit RISC-V Foundation (pronounced risk-five) wants to ensure that universities, governments and companies outside the United States can help develop its open-source technology, its Chief Executive Calista Redmond said in an interview with Reuters. She said the foundation’s global collaboration has faced no restrictions to date but members are “concerned about possible geopolitical disruption.”

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Protecting our Nation’s security and continuing to enhance the prosperity of our citizens are my top priorities. Ensuring that the United States is protected against espionage and other damaging intelligence activities conducted by our foreign adversaries is essential to meeting those goals. The Nation faces an expanding array of foreign intelligence threats by adversaries who are using increasingly sophisticated methods to harm the United States.

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CloudBees | September 16, 2021

CloudBees, the enterprise software delivery company, and CACI International Inc (NYSE: CACI), a leading provider of expertise and technology to government enterprise and mission customers, today announced a corporate partnership to bring a modern, innovative software delivery approach to government customers. The alliance unites CACI’s specialization in implementing enterprise and critical mission capabilities with CloudBees’ market-leading technology for DevSecOps and Software Delivery Automation (SDA). The partnership is spearheaded by CACI’s Agile Solution Factory and DevSecOps Community of Practice, with the goal of rapidly fielding capabilities, consistently and securely delivering high-quality software to end users, and accelerating time to market. CloudBees’ products seamlessly integrate with our continuous integration/continuous delivery pipeline and streamline the deployment and health check reporting process in our DevSecOps solutions, who has been leading efforts to bring the joint solution to government customers. CACI Senior Capture Executive Rob Warren CACI and CloudBees aim to bring modern, transformative software delivery practices, leveraging the latest in SDA technology, to government customers, and build world-class solutions for agencies looking for maximum return on their DevSecOps investments. Our federal business invests heavily in partnering with top-quality systems integrators to bring modern software delivery practices to the federal government. CACI is unquestionably one of the premier performers of DevSecOps and is uniquely qualified to implement CloudBees’ technology for the benefit of the customers we support. We’re thrilled to be so closely allied with CACI, a company that is proven and trusted across government and missions as a national security company. Michael Wright, director, public sector, at CloudBees Government agencies rely on CloudBees technologies to help software teams create trustworthy software delivery pipelines, automate audit reporting and real-time tracking, experiment freely, and transform into elite-performing teams focused on innovation. About CloudBees CloudBees, the enterprise software delivery company, provides the industry’s leading DevOps technology platform. CloudBees enables developers to focus on what they do best — build great software — while providing peace of mind to management with powerful risk mitigation, compliance and governance tools. Used by many of the Fortune 100, CloudBees is helping thousands of companies harness the power of continuous everything, setting them on the fastest path from a great idea, to great software, to amazing customer experiences, to being a business that changes lives.

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Tyler Technologies Extends 22-Year Contract for Digital Government and Payment Solutions in the State of Utah

Tyler Technologies | December 01, 2021

Tyler Technologies, Inc. today announced that the state of Utah has signed a multi-year contract extension for Tyler’s digital government and payments services. The two-year agreement expands upon the existing 22-year relationship with Tyler’s subsidiary, NIC. “For 22 years, we have worked closely with state and local government entities across Utah to provide constantly-evolving and award-winning digital government and payment services that drive innovation, convenience and adoption. We could not be more pleased to continue that critical work in 2022 and beyond as we expand technology’s role in government.” Elizabeth Proudfit, president of Tyler’s NIC Division NIC Utah designed, hosts, and manages the state’s official website, Utah.gov, in partnership with the state and is a trusted partner to 56 Utah government entities delivering online services and information. In 2020 alone, NIC Utah securely processed nearly 57 million online transactions and more than $400 million on behalf of its Utah government partners. Also in 2020 in response to the pandemic, NIC Utah deployed a chatbot to provide rapid responses to questions and concerns about COVID-19. Most recently, Utah finished second overall among states in the 2021 State Government Experience awards, presented by the Center for Digital Government. Utah has placed in the top three of the overall awards in every year it has been eligible since 2006, including first place finishes in 2007, 2009, 2017, and 2018. About Tyler Technologies and NIC Acquired by Tyler Technologies 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 named to Government Technology's GovTech 100 list five times and has been recognized three times on Forbes' "Most Innovative Growth Companies" list.

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Bonfire Interactive Inc. | December 02, 2021

Bonfire Interactive Ltd. , a business unit of GTY Technology and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software for the public sector, today announced it has officially released Bonfire Open Access Community Projects. This new procurement tool—free to anyone working in public sector purchasing—provides access to an extensive database of public projects from across North America to streamline the RFx creation process. “Procurement teams can get requests for nearly anything, from pothole patching to software solutions to PPE . When facing new or unfamiliar projects, it’s not uncommon for purchasing agents to spend a lot of time—sometimes hours—searching Google for templates. That is not an effective use of procurement teams’ time, and going into 2022, it’s going to be downright unsustainable. Our data found that public agencies ran 39% more projects in 2021 compared to 2020, and with the Biden administration’s newly-approved Build Back Better infrastructure funding, we believe that number will skyrocket. We’re making Bonfire Open Access Community Projects free to all public procurement teams everywhere, making it easy to access resources from their peers and help reduce the time and effort spent drafting RFP documents.” Omar Salaymeh, CEO of Bonfire Bonfire Open Access Community Projects is a free, searchable repository of tens of thousands of public projects from Bonfire’s growing database of over 500 North American public sector agencies. Procurement professionals can use the tool to easily search for and review just about any public project and access all supporting bid documents. Teams will have access to best-in-class examples of successful RFP events to model their own projects, eliminating the need to create new RFPs from scratch, or conduct a tedious online search for general templates. “The biggest challenge we face in public procurement today is ensuring we can continue to build quality RFPs in less time, especially with the surge in project volume we’re experiencing. And that means getting the right information together for a new RFP from the start,” said Maija Lampinen, Procurement and Contracts Manager at the Port of Everett, Washington. “With Community Projects, we’ve been able to easily search for similar projects run by other agencies, see how they structured their projects, and leverage supporting documentation to use as templates. 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