SDI Presence LLC | May 16, 2022
SDI Presence LLC (SDI), an IT consultancy and managed services provider (MSP), announces the update of its technology-focused delivery model to best meet the changing needs of its government technology clients.
These new positions – along with a new team structure and expanded delivery methodologies – will allow SDI to better share our depth of knowledge in government enterprise technologies by leveraging our broad experience working with municipalities, special districts, counties, and state government agencies."
Jonathan Gair, Vice President of Operations at SDI Presence
SDI's shift toward a horizontally focused practice model is designed to best position the firm's subject matter expertise to directly impact customer value. Issues with designing, configuring, and testing systems tend to re-occur across technology partners, leading to frustration, inefficiencies, and sometimes flawed deployments. With its new model, SDI is positioning its expert Practice Leads to deliver industry-specific and well-honed methodologies, content, test cases, and design planning services, supported by the SDI consultant team.
"SDI is growing," Jonathan Gair added. "We did not want to lose sight of what makes us unique: our local presence. Now, our directors will be more available to help clients improve services, while our practice leads maintain ownership of the day-to-day project oversight role."
To lead this enhanced Advisory practice, SDI has promoted four experienced SDI personnel to the newly created positions of Practice Leads, with each serving as the leader of a specific technology area:
IT Strategic Planning: Project Manager Lee Curtis will build on his over 40 years of experience leading over 50 IT Strategic Plans and Assessments, and previous experience as a public sector IT Director and CIO.
Land Management Systems (LMS): Project Manager Rick Keyes, a 30-year veteran who specializes in IT and vendor management with state governments and holds PMP and Prosci OCM certifications, will lead the Land Management System (LMS) practice.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): Project Managers David Gougis and Wendell Yacur will co-lead SDI's ERP practice, building on their combined half century of experience working as advisors to the public sector space. Wendell Yacur is a 30-year IT professional with a focus on management consulting for state governments, while David Gougis has more than 30 years of experience in both technology and finance consulting and as held Lead roles for public sector agencies.
Supporting each Lead will be a regionally focused Director of Operations that is dedicated to client success.
"I truly believe that Rick, Lee, David and Wendell represent one of the strongest, most experienced teams available to organizations," said Hardik Bhatt, President and Chief Growth Office of SDI Presence. "Their backgrounds in procurements, implementations and strategic planning make them subject matter experts in systems that often touch all departments within an organization, meaning they can help facilitate even the toughest, most challenging projects."
These promotions occur as SDI Presence is seeing substantial growth in its government and utilities practices. Seasoned cloud and IT managed services industry leaders Hardik Bhatt, Prasad Alavilli, and Sunil Thomas recently joined SDI, as the firm aggressively builds out legacy IT modernization solutions. In 2021, SDI announced that the firm secured an infusion of private equity capital with Abry Partners, a Boston, Massachusetts-based private equity firm, to fund its growth.
About SDI Presence LLC
SDI Presence LLC is an IT consultancy and managed services provider (MSP) that leverages its strong team presence to advance our clients to a secure digital enterprise. With a 25-year corporate resume, SDI delivers strategic managed services, IT consulting, and hybrid infrastructure solutions to optimize our clients' technology environments. SDI is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), with a portfolio of clients that includes some of the nation's largest airports, utilities, commercial real estate portfolios, and government agencies.
SES | March 28, 2022
SES announced it has ordered SES-26 a fully software-defined geostationary (GEO) satellite from Thales Alenia Space, joint venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %). SES-26 will maintain and expand the wide range of content delivery and connectivity services to broadcasters, media companies, telco operators, internet service providers and governmental organisations across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.
The digital satellite with both Ku-band and C-band frequencies will replace SES’s NSS-12 satellite at 57 degrees East, one of SES’s longest-held and most valuable orbital positions. From this key location at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, SES will continue to deliver content and connectivity solutions to some of the world's fastest-growing markets.
Facilitating connections from the heart of Europe across Africa and the Middle East, SES-26 will be an important platform to support government communications solutions in the region and is synergic with the company’s recently-announced definitive agreement for the acquisition of DRS GES. The position is also home to the Ethiosat platform, a diverse free to air neighborhood supporting a growing community of 10 million TV households across Ethiopia
The order forms part of a three-satellite commitment to Thales Alenia Space and incorporates two satellites that will be deployed at SES’s first and most important orbital location, 19.2 degrees East from which SES serves 118 million TV households across Europe. Underlining its philosophy of sustainable innovation and its commitment to the European space industry, SES is the first commercial customer for Thales Alenia Space’s Space Inspire (INstant SPace In-orbit REconfiguration), an innovative product line allowing seamless telecommunication mission and services reconfiguration, instant in-orbit adjustment to the demand and outstanding flexibility for video broadcasting and broadband connectivity services.
For over 20 years, satellites at 57 degrees East have been at the centrepiece of our connectivity network bridging Europe to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. From broadcasting video content across Europe and Africa to delivering connectivity services for aviation, maritime and government, SES-26 underlines our commitment to the growth of our business and to our customers. We are delighted to work with our long-term partner Thales Alenia Space to push the boundaries of next-generation satellite capabilities and deliver the flexible innovation that enables us to stay ahead of our customers’ evolving needs.”
Steve Collar, CEO of SES
“We are honoured that SES has renewed its confidence in Thales Alenia Space and our Space Inspire software-defined solution. This new contract follows the recent order to build Astra 1P and Astra 1Q and strengthens the strong partnership between SES and Thales Alenia Space. Once again, I’m happy to share this new success with the French and European space agencies – CNES and ESA – who contributed to making it possible thanks to their support,” said Hervé Derrey, CEO of Thales Alenia Space.
The procurement of the satellite remains within SES's previously announced Capital Expenditure outlook for 2022-2026 and is fully compliant with the company’s financial policy.
SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries 8,400 channels and has an unparalleled reach of over 361 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content.
NSW government | April 06, 2022
The NSW government has unveiled its Digital Identity program via a new website highlighting the vision its has to make government services and everyday tasks simpler, safer and more secure.
NSW Government chief information and digital officer Greg Wells said the NSW Government was investing in the power of ideas to improve lives and ultimately, the future, and believes the NSW Government’s Digital Identity program would play a big role in delivering a modern, digital government for the customers of NSW.
From retrieving benefits through the Digital Seniors Card to easily accessing digital licences through the Service NSW app, customers are already using digital identity credentials every day to prove their eligibility or to access a service.”
Greg Wells, NSW Government chief information and digital officer
“The NSW Government’s Digital Identity program will allow NSW customers to conduct a range of new transactions online, providing greater accessibility to government services and better support for customers with disabilities, and those in rural, regional or remote areas.
“We want to safely and securely leverage technology to deliver smarter, faster and easier services for the benefit of NSW customers.”
Mr Wells said privacy and security were of the utmost importance to the NSW Government. Oversharing of personal information and identity crime cost customers and the private sector more than $3.1 billion across Australia in 2018/19 as reported by ACIC.
Wells said the NSW Government is implementing rigorous assurances to make sure customer information is safe and secure.
“The NSW Government’s Digital Identity program will provide customers with greater control of how and where their information is shared and enhanced privacy protection against identity fraud and theft associated with physical documents,” he said.
“The customer has been at the heart of every decision and will always be in control of any information they choose to share. Customers will choose to opt-in to Digital Identity programs, and ongoing consent will be required, meaning they can opt out at any time. An in-person option will always be provided via Service NSW Centres.”
The NSW and Australian Governments are working closely together to explore the adoption of a national Digital Identity ecosystem, to ensure simple and seamless services for people accessing state-based services. This will deliver significant economic benefits for Australia and NSW and ensure residents get quick and easy access to the services they need.
The NSW Government has allocated $2.1 billion to invest in digital transformation projects through its Digital Restart Fund. The fund is administered by the Department of Customer Service. It targets smart, simple technology solutions which create efficiencies for customers and businesses across the state.
Qmulos | May 23, 2022
Qmulos, a pioneering cybersecurity software and professional services firm driving the Converged Continuous Compliance revolution in enterprise security, compliance and risk management automation, today announced a strategic growth investment from PSG, a leading growth equity firm partnering with software and technology-enabled services companies to help accelerate their growth. Financial terms were not disclosed.
In today’s cybersecurity environment, agencies and enterprises are facing countless security threats amidst a growing array of regulatory requirements. Qmulos leverages full-cycle, data-centric compliance automation to assist public-sector agencies, government contractors and commercial enterprises to enable initiatives to transform inefficient and ineffective legacy processes into modern, streamlined risk management programs capable of dealing with the complex and evolving global cyber risk challenges. Leveraging diverse sources of enterprise security and compliance data through its partnership with Splunk, a leading big data security analytics platform, Qmulos supports evidence-based risk management decisions by providing real-time insights on overall enterprise risk posture.
The Qmulos platform enables customers to continuously monitor security controls to meet compliance requirements across a wide spectrum of regulatory frameworks, including but not limited to:
NIST CSF (National Institute of Standards and Technology Cyber Security Framework) and NIST SP 800-53
CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification)
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act)
ICS 500-27 (Intelligence Community Standard for Enterprise Audit)
In the federal ecosystem, the Qmulos automated compliance technology has proven to be valuable for both government agencies and their partners in ensuring adherence to critical security compliance regulations, most notably NIST and CMMC. In the private sector, a growing list of enterprises are relying on the Qmulos platform to drive timely and accurate risk visibility while reducing time-to-compliance lag and increasing their competitive advantage through accelerated third-party risk accreditation.
We’re proud to offer a solution to improve operational security while simplifying time-consuming and costly IT compliance tasks. We look forward to partnering with PSG as we aim to serve more organizations with a commitment to continuing the evolution of our platform to meet our customers’ dynamic needs.”
Matt Coose, Founder and CEO of Qmulos
“Today’s challenging risk landscape and regulatory environment underscores the clear need for innovation in security and compliance. We believe that Qmulos’ ability to monitor controls in an automated and continuous manner ultimately creates a more secure environment while creating significant operational efficiencies for its customers,” said Rick Essex, Managing Director at PSG. “We’re thrilled to partner with Matt and the rest of Qmulos’ talented team as they continue to address the significant opportunity to shape the future of risk management.”
“From our point of view, companies and institutions must begin the transition away from traditional, manually intensive and often error-prone compliance programs,” commented Bill Ballhaus, Senior Advisor1 to PSG. “We believe Qmulos’ technology provides a predictive, data-forward solution to aid this transition, and we’re excited to work with the team to bring this solution suite to a broader range of security professionals.”
AGC Partners served as financial advisor to Qmulos, and Foley and Lardner LLP served as legal advisor to the company, with additional support from Badger CPA and Aronson LLC. Latham & Watkins served as legal advisor to PSG and Ernst & Young served as the firm’s financial advisor.
Qmulos is a pioneering integrated compliance, security and risk management automation provider delivering the innovative power of Converged Continuous Compliance through its flagship Q-Compliance and Q-Audit technology platforms. Qmulos enables organizations to achieve high compliance confidence while delivering a powerful and engaging compliance experience across all functions and phases of the enterprise compliance lifecycle. Founded in 2012, Qmulos works with public and private sector enterprises to empower and accelerate their strategic transformation towards automated continuous monitoring and real-time risk visibility across nearly all systems, all Splunk-compatible data sources, and current and emerging cybersecurity and professional services compliance requirements.
PSG is a growth equity firm that partners with software and technology-enabled services companies to help them navigate transformational growth, capitalize on strategic opportunities and build strong teams. Having backed more than 100 companies and facilitated over 400 add-on acquisitions, PSG brings extensive investment experience, deep expertise in software and technology, and a firm commitment to collaborating with management teams. Founded in 2014, PSG operates out of offices in Boston, Kansas City, London, Paris, Madrid and Tel-Aviv.