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21 Sep: Federal agencies racing to spend billions by Sept. 30

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The annual “Christmas in September” spending season is well under way, with billions of dollars that that need to be allocated before the government’s fiscal year ends Sept 30. The need to spend may be especially acute this year as supply chain issues and Congress’ habit of passing continuing resolutions instead of new budgets,…

19 Aug: GSA Increases Ceiling for Alliant 2 Contract

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The U.S. General Services Administration is increasing the ceiling of its Alliant 2 contract by $25 billion, bringing the ceiling to $75 billion. Alliant 2 is GSA’s premier enterprise Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) which provides customized information technology (IT) services and IT services-based solutions to the federal government. As a best-in-class contract, Alliant 2…

21 Jul: GSA un-pauses Polaris small business RFP

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The General Services Administration has restarted the process for its Polaris government-wide IT solutions contract vehicle and reopened the portal for submitting proposals. In a pair of SAM.gov notices Thursday, GSA said it also has given bidders a new submission deadline of Aug. 10 after a pause over nearly three months to re-evaluate the…

22 Jun: Say Goodbye to JAIC and DDS

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, a high-profile focus point for AI adoption across the Pentagon, has ceased to exist as of June 1, as it and two other offices are rolled under the newly created Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer. Two other key parts of the Pentagon’s technology network will also be subsumed…

12 May: Appian awarded billions in damages against Pegasystems Inc.

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) Appian has been awarded USD $2.036 billion in damages against Pegasystems Inc as the result of a jury verdict in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Virginia. The verdict resulted in Pegasystems being held liable for trade secret misappropriation and violation of the Virginia Computer Crimes Act, resulting in the significant payout to Appian….

22 Apr: SAP Process Automation offers low-code RPA, workflow tool

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) SAP is fusing two existing tools into one product aimed at business process automation, one of the key tenets for digital transformation. SAP Process Automation combines SAP Workflow Management, which launched in 2009 to digitize workflows, and SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA), which came out in 2018 to automate workflows, into one package….

21 Mar: RPA Helps IRS Make Fundamental Shift in Procurement and Finance Operations

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The Internal Revenue Service is using software robots to enhance the agency’s technology to improve its finance and procurement functions. In 2020, the procurement division was facing a tight deadline to modify its contract clauses to adhere to changes in federal legislation. Using the power of RPA, the IRS executed nearly 1,500 contract modifications in 72 hours,…

21 Feb: The Evolution of Edge Computing and Data Analytics in Federal IT

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) Government agencies are exploring analyzing information in situ, which can increase efficiency and yield other benefits. For the public sector, edge computing has a wide range of use cases, that edge is a refugee camp, a battlefield, a secure facility. The government in particular is best positioned to take advantage of edge computing, given…

17 Jan: Experts Predict Flexibility Top ERP Trend In 2022

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) CIOs should expect to see nimbler, more flexible, more open ERP systems in 2022. Industry experts also expect ERP trends to include more best-of-breed applications and less monolithic ERP systems, with customers having more ability to pick and choose the applications in the ERP landscape. Major ERP vendors — SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, Infor and…

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19 Dec: GSA Delays Final Polaris Solicitation Until Early January

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The General Services Administration has delayed publication of a final request for proposals for the $15 billion Polaris IT contract vehicle until early January. In response to feedback from industry, the agency will now issue a final solicitation for the government wide acquisition contract vehicle (GWAC) in the new year. Contract officials at the…