Accela | May 11, 2022
Accela, the trusted provider of cloud solutions for government, announced a third quarter of growth in fiscal 2022 as state and local leaders partnered with the technology provider for digitized solutions and a unified platform to address the complex and diverse challenges governments are facing. From January through March, Accela added new customers to its roster, migrated customers to the cloud, appointed a new board member, and received multiple awards.
It's an exciting moment for the dynamic govtech market, as government-as-a-platform is finally here. Governments are eager to use technology to improve how they deliver critical services, meet the 'consumer-like' expectations of agency staff and residents, and provide valuable insights that transform communities and strengthen economic development. Accela delivers both the flexible, robust platform and out-of-the-box government service-specific solutions to make these goals, and those to come, achievable."
Gary Kovacs, CEO of Accela
Nearly three-fourths of state CIOs said in a recent survey creating better online experiences for residents is the single biggest driver to expanding digital services. Government agencies can utilize a powerful platform to empower them to achieve this goal, while also creating new efficiencies and streamlining cross-departmental insights and processes. With unprecedented funding opportunities available for local communities, including American Rescue Plan funds, now is the time for governments to accelerate their digital transformation.
Accela Continues Customer Growth, Completes New Go-Lives and Migrations
This past quarter, the company saw double-digit growth in recurring revenue and unparalleled professional services revenue performance. In 2021, more than 84 percent of Accela's SaaS customers used more than one solution on the company's platform, maximizing insights and automating more processes for staff and residents.
In partnership with Velosimo and OpenCities, Accela signed San Joaquin County, CA as an enterprise customer tapping into multiple Accela solutions including the Accela Civic Application for Building, Fire Prevention, Business Licensing, and Environmental Health. Additionally, the State of Tennessee Department of Transportation selected Accela for its permitting solution.
Several communities selected Accela Environmental Health to further protect their residents, including Monterey County, CA; Tacoma-Pierce County, WA; and Kings County, CA. Atlantic County, NJ also authorized a project to quickly transition to Accela's cloud-based Civic Application for Environmental Health — migrating current and historical data, modernizing workflows, and publishing a public-facing web portal for operators to conveniently renew, apply, and manage their environmental health programs.
Accela upgraded additional customers to the cloud, including the City of High Point Fire Department, NC; City of Hermosa Beach, CA; City of New Albany, OH; City of Memphis, TN Fire Department; City of Pittsburgh, CA; City of Hillsborough, OR; Polk County, FL; Solano County, CA; and City of Andover, KS. New customer go-lives this quarter included DuPage County, IL; Suffolk County, NY; Michigan CSCL; Oklahoma ABLE; State of Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Authority; and completed the first project phase for Anne Arundel County, MD.
Over the past two years, Accela completed dozens of customer upgrades to the company's multi-tenant cloud on Azure, and continues at a steady pace each month. Accela's net customer retention is among the industry's best at 110 percent, a testament to the caliber of its solutions and commitment to great government.
"Government IT leaders and CIOs are at the forefront of laying the foundation for navigating the uncertainty of business today and leading their agencies into the future," said Dustin Haisler, CIO of Center of Digital Government. "To help them during these uncertain times, they need to leverage their partnership with a technology leader, like Accela, who can help them reimagine processes and service delivery to both empower residents and produce more efficient outcomes for agency staff."
Accela Recognized for its Leadership in Reimagining Public-Private Partnerships, Strengthens Board
In February, Accela won the inaugural National League of Cities (NLC) Capstone Challenge Series for a project designed to reimagine the City of Madison, WI's Report a Problem capability. NLC recognized Accela and Madison as a premier example of how public-private partnerships can transform communities.
"This project allowed us to automate a process that staff had been doing manually, freeing up their time to focus on addressing resident concerns and proactive problem solving," said Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.
Beyond this NLC recognition, Accela was also selected by Government Technology magazine as a 2022 GovTech 100 company for the seventh year in a row, and Accela Vice President of Alliances and Channels Tony Aiello was named to CRN's 2022 Channel Chief list. In March, Accela added a new board member in March with the appointment of Kara Wilson to its board of directors.
Spring Partner Summit Announced
Accela announced its annual Spring Partner Summit, a complimentary event to be held in-person at the company's headquarters in San Ramon, CA on May 12.
Accela provides a unified suite of cloud solutions trusted by governments across the globe to accelerate their digital transformation, deliver vital services, and build stronger communities. More than 275 million citizens worldwide benefit from Accela's government software solutions. The company offers agile, purpose-built solutions and the power of a platform that provides users with a consumer-like experience, shares data across departments, and ensures world-class security.
With Accela, government agencies experience rapid and effective digital transformation. Accela's government software meets agencies wherever they are on their modernization journey, while also helping them prepare for whatever comes next. The company is a 2021 Microsoft US Partner Award winner for its innovative SaaS solutions to help governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic 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 offices around the world.
Iron Bow Technologies | April 28, 2022
Iron Bow Technologies, an information technology solutions provider to government, commercial, education, and healthcare markets, announced that the Washington Business Journal ranked the company as #25 of the Largest Government Contractors in Greater D.C.
With over 30 years of experience working with Federal clients, Iron Bow partners with government agencies to design, develop, and deploy modern technologies to enable their digital transformations. Specifically, Iron Bow helps its clients by bringing a holistic approach to technology infrastructure with expertise in cloud and IT modernization, unified collaboration and workforce experience solutions, digital transformation, and cybersecurity.
We work to deliver solutions that not only meet agency needs today, but also for the future including securing and enabling a dispersed and remote workforce. We’re grateful for the recognition and excited to continue supporting our customers within the Federal Government as well as state and local governments.”
Rene LaVigne, President and Chief Executive Officer of Iron Bow
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About Iron Bow Technologies
Iron Bow Technologies is a leading IT solutions provider dedicated to successfully transforming clients' technology investments into robust business capabilities across the government, commercial, education, and healthcare markets. The Iron Bow team brings a depth of technical expertise and domain knowledge to deliver the right solution and ensure successful business outcomes. Iron Bow's global reach and strategic partnerships with industry leaders and disruptive technology partners empower clients to implement the latest cutting-edge technology to support mission-critical objectives.
Anjuna | February 17, 2022
Anjuna Security Inc., the Confidential Cloud company, today announced that Israel's Ministry of Defense (MOD) has entered into the public cloud for the first time with Anjuna's software, which offers the strongest data security available. With Anjuna Confidential Cloud software, the MOD can leverage Confidential Computing features available in cloud servers that eliminate exposure of data in use to insiders, malicious software and bad actors. Sensitive data and applications remain fully encrypted with Anjuna– without the need for any software modifications–and stay isolated and in full control of the MOD.
The decision from the Israeli MOD represents a critical milestone for far greater adoption of the public cloud by organizations in regulated industries or those with highly sensitive data. To date, many companies and government organizations have held back from the public cloud because of security concerns and control issues. The stringent testing and subsequent selection by the MOD signals that with the widely available Confidential Computing technology already in cloud infrastructure and software from Anjuna, the public cloud is now secure enough for organizations with the strictest level of security and regulation.
"With Anjuna Confidential Cloud software, we are able to leverage Confidential Computing to achieve public cloud scale, agility and economics and maximum data security immediately, without having to recode or refactor applications," said the Infrastructure Cloud Group Leader for the IMOD. "This will allow us to quickly move important workloads across public clouds without compromising the high level of security necessary to achieve our mission."
Confidential Computing is the hardware-based capability that public cloud vendors, including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, have added to their servers to enable customers to secure data at runtime when it would otherwise be exposed. Protecting data and applications during execution closes a gap that effectively shuts out unauthorized personnel and creates a trusted environment within the public cloud that is under the control of the customer.
Israel's MOD, which oversees most of the Israeli security forces and is responsible for the overall security of the Israeli nation, including the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), assigned a red team to conduct a thorough evaluation of the Anjuna Confidential Cloud software, using compute-intensive AI workloads as the initial application. Test considerations included the ability to secure against rogue or accidental insiders, third parties, criminal hackers and nation-states. The solution also had to be commercially available now, run across multiple cloud platforms and make both migrating applications and administration simple.
In addition to fully securing workloads in public clouds without modification, the Anjuna Confidential Cloud software is attractive to the MOD because it provides a single, uniform encryption platform that protects all three states of data: storage, transit and execution. With Anjuna, organizations do not need to rely on the many different encryption schemes for each application and system, which causes undue confusion and complexity. The Confidential Cloud software provides a consistent data perimeter that also eliminates the risk of exposing encryption keys during runtime.
"Israel's Ministry of Defense is among the most advanced and stringent security organizations in the world, so it is a tremendous advantage for them to now be able to turn public clouds into fully trusted environments capable of securely processing sensitive data. With Anjuna, it is both feasible and practical to make the public cloud at least as secure as private infrastructure. We are proud to add the IMOD as a customer."
Ayal Yogev, co-founder, and CEO of Anjuna
Anjuna Confidential Cloud software makes the use of Confidential Computing transparent to applications and operations, enabling their use without modification. It supports all applications, regardless of size or computational task. With Confidential Computing, companies can secure highly sensitive data, such as state secrets, AI code, intelligence and security details, personally identifiable information (PII), financial information and intellectual property.
Anjuna Security makes the public cloud secure for business. Software from Anjuna Security effortlessly enables enterprises to safely run even their most sensitive workloads in the public cloud. Unlike complex perimeter security solutions easily breached by insiders and malicious code, Anjuna leverages the strongest hardware-based secure computing technologies available to make the public cloud the safest computing resource available anywhere. Anjuna is based in Palo Alto, California.
NEC Corporation of America | April 01, 2022
NEC Corporation of America, a leading technology integrator of advanced IT, networking, communications, and multimodal biometric solutions announced the opening of its NEC National Security Solutions, Inc. (NSS) offices in Arlington, VA, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.
NEC NSS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC that uses world-class technology to solve problems and create opportunities for public servants and citizens. These solutions include identity and biometric technologies, artificial intelligence and machine learning that is changing the way the government does business.
We wanted the NEC NSS offices to reflect the critical technology and expertise that we provide to our clients and customers. This location positions us right where we need to be to best serve our government clients.”
Mark Ikeno, CEO and President, NEC Corporation of America
The NSS executive team is led by Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, a 29-year veteran of Federal Law Enforcement and one of our country's foremost experts in threat detection. She previously served as Assistant Director for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), focusing on intelligence-led organizational strategy.
“In this fast-changing world, security technology must be in place even before it is needed,” said Kiernan, President, NEC NSS. “Threats don’t wait until you are ready. They happen quickly and we work with our customers to help identify solutions that will help them be proactive in protecting their assets against any number of potential threats.”
As a Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI)-mitigated subsidiary, NEC NSS provides its world-class innovations in a specialized manner to the United States government. NSS currently offers integrated hardware and software solutions to support critical national security, intelligence, homeland defense, immigration, and law enforcement missions across the U.S. Federal Government. The company's main customers include the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Justice, and the U.S. Intelligence Community.
About NEC Corporation of America
NEC Corporation of America (NEC) is a leading technology integrator providing solutions that improve the way people work and communicate. NEC delivers integrated Solutions for Society that are aligned with our customers’ priorities to create new value for people, businesses, and society, with a special focus on safety, security and efficiency. We deliver one of the industry’s strongest and most innovative portfolios of communications, analytics, security, biometrics and technology solutions that unleash customers’ productivity potential. Through these solutions, NEC combines its best-in-class solutions and technology and leverages a robust partner ecosystem to solve today’s most complex business problems. NEC Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in 140 countries and $29.5 billion in revenues.
About NEC National Security Systems
NEC National Security Systems, Inc. (NSS), is a leading provider of biometric identity and AI technology for federal government agencies in defense, intelligence, law enforcement, and homeland security agencies. Based in Arlington, Va., NSS deploys proven groundbreaking technology for access control, identity verification, scene processing, advanced analytics, fiber optic sensing, border control and transportation security, among other applications. The company was launched in 2020 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation of America and will operate under a Special Security Agreement (SSA) with the US Government as a FOCI-mitigated entity, free of foreign ownership, control, and influence. It provides full-service solutions for large agencies using the intellectual property and resources of the global NEC brand. The NEC Corporation invests an estimated $1.01 billion annually in R&D, holds 47,000 patents, and has more than 110,000 employees in 160+ countries.