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20 Aug: Transforming federal procure-to-pay processes with proven automation solutions

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) For as long as government acquisition professionals can recall, there have been two long-standing complaints about the process. Program offices complain that the procurement process is long, confusing, and fraught with revisions and requests for additional information. Contracting officers complain that they never receive complete information, have to continually request revisions and additional documentation,…

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19 Jul: GSA launches $50B STARS III solicitation for small IT businesses

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) STARS III is open to small, disadvantaged prime contractors participating in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Businesses Development program. 8(a) businesses are those “owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.” The 10-year contract will build on the preceding STARS II by focusing more on emerging technologies and performance outside…

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20 Jun: How The Coronavirus Will Impact Security Clearances

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) Federal officials who oversee millions of active security clearances said they will relax the rules that trigger security reviews for people who face financial hardships. The change aims to reduce the hardships resulting from layoffs, furloughs and other economic disruptions caused by shutdowns now affecting most of the country. Specifically, the policy calls for…

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25 May: Why Open Source Solutions are Playing a More Powerful Role in Enterprise IT

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) One of the biggest IT challenges government organizations face in their efforts to modernize their systems is how to keep their options open for the future — and avoid the trappings that can come from committing to one primary vendor or technology platform… Given shift from big monolithic IT environments to more agile cloud…

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19 Apr: SAP announces changes in maintenance policy post 2025 Is it enough?

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) To no-one in particular’s surprise, SAP has announced the much anticipated changes in its post 2025 ERP product line maintenance policy. Let’s break it down… A commitment for maintenance for S/4HANA through to 2040 An extension of the ‘2025’ deadline for maintenance cut off for SAP ERP 6.0, SAP Customer Relationship Management 7.0, SAP…

24 Mar: Army, VA Taking on Major Enterprise Financial System Transformation Projects

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) GFEBS Product Director Heather Putman, speaking at the Association of Government Accountants’ Financial Services Summit, said that cloud migration would increase agility for Army business needs, improve performance and provide real-time visibility to data. “When we procure hardware — physical boxes — it takes a long time, and then you have to secure them….

24 Feb: Army extends enterprise resource planning system to Navy hospitals

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The Army is now fielding its enterprise resource planning system (GFEBS) to Navy hospitals as part of a Defense Health Agency consolidation. Launched in 2012, the Army’s General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) is one of the largest ERP systems globally, handling more than $164 billion in transactions annually. DHA saw an opportunity for…

26 Jan: Are You Ready For Hyperautomation?

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) RPA is the fastest growing segment in enterprise software, according to Gartner. Have you heard of hyperautomation? Gartner just named hyperautomation as its #1 strategic technology trend for 2020 (from their recently published “Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020″ report). Hyperautomation builds on the momentum behind RPA, led by the democratization of automation…

24 Dec: CBP taps CACI for $1.8B modernization contract

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) A CBP Beagle named Frodo inspects bags of arriving passengers at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The CBP BEAGLE contract is something else. Customs and Border Protection has inked a $1.8 billion contract to modernize many of its back-office systems. Systems integrator CACI was awarded the CBP’s Border Enforcement Applications for Government Leading Edge IT, or…

21 Nov: Microsoft Aims To Upend The RPA (Robotic Process Automation) Market

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) RPA is the fastest growing segment in enterprise software, according to Gartner. As a result, the mega tech operators are looking at the market. SAP, for example, has acquired Contextor to bolster its efforts. And yes, it’s possible that IBM or Oracle may pursue a similar acquisition strategy. Microsoft will perhaps be the most…