Executive Mosaicâs Weekly GovCon Round-Up: AWS Public Sector Summit & Company News and Top 10 Stories
Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic CEO
AWS Public Sector Summit & Company News
On Wednesday and Thursday,Â Amazon Web ServicesÂ hosted their annualÂ Public Sector SummitÂ here in Washington, D.C., which featured executives from government, industry and education discussing how federal agencies are proceeding with cloud adoption. Importantly, the eventâs keynote speaker, Teresa Carlson, vice president, Worldwide Public Sector at AWS, and aÂ four-time Wash100 winner,Â was justÂ namedÂ toÂ LMIâs board of directors.
GovConWire, ExecutiveBiz and GovConDaily covered AWS news throughout the week. Here are some highlights:
ExecutiveBizÂ reportedÂ Tuesday thatÂ A&T SystemÂ was introducing its newÂ Managed Storage-as-a-ServiceÂ cloud product at the summit. This offering, which is meant forÂ Defense DepartmentÂ customers, was built on top of the AWS cloud and can accommodate high data volumes at different levels of information classification for short- and long-term storage. A&Tâs chief executive officer is Dr. Ashok Thareja.
ExecutiveBizÂ reportedÂ Wednesday that AWS expanded its online center, built to help federal, state and local government agencies procure multiple cloud service offerings. The database of contract vehicles provides information on theÂ General Services Administration’sÂ IT Schedule 70,Â NASPO ValuePoint Cloud SolutionsÂ andÂ Internet2Â procurement vehicles.
The same day, ExecutiveBizÂ reportedÂ thatÂ UnisysÂ debuted a suite of managed services meant to accelerate the migration of applications, data and other workloads to AWSâ public cloud.Â CloudForteÂ gives users access to cloud-native service offerings and contract invoicing capabilities that comply with federalÂ regulations. Peter OâDonoghue, vice president of application services at Unisysâ federal division, said the product allows government to cast off legacy systems and gain confidence in the security of their cloud assets.
In additional AWS news,Â LeidosÂ announcedÂ Wednesday it receivedÂ Premier Consulting PartnerÂ designation, the highest designation in the AWS partner network, after earningÂ Managed Service Provide StatusÂ two months previously. The new designation was awarded due to Leidosâ investments in cloud and IT services, which support federal and enterprise clients. John Fratamico, chief technology officer, said the companyâs cloud architects assist customers in implementing platforms that will reduce IT footprints and manage data sets.
Thursday, ExecutiveBizÂ reportedÂ VMwareÂ and AWS unveiled a hybrid cloud service to help government agencies accelerate the migration of applications and securely manage workloads through a common infrastructure. Teresa Carlson said the platform will help agencies simplify IT modernization, through the integration of VMwareâs software applications with AWS, while complying with securityÂ standards. Lynn Martin, VP and general manager of government, education and health care at VMware, commented the service will improve disaster recovery and continuity of operations, increase IT infrastructure capacity and facilitate application development.
Also on Thursday, ExecutiveBiz reported AWS designatedÂ CACI InternationalÂ as aÂ Premier Consulting Partner. The move was the result of CACIâs expertise in helping government customers navigate cloud infrastructure, application migration and cloud-based DevSecOps, the Arlington, Va., company said. John Mengucci, chief operating officer, commented CACIâs âdedication and focus on investing in both our talented workforce and partnersâ allowed the organization to deliver critical mission solutions and earn the designation.
If you havenât done so, check out our Executive Spotlights onÂ Teresa CarlsonÂ andÂ Jennifer Chronis, GM of DoD at Amazon Web Services.
THIS WEEKâS TOP 10Â NEWS STORIES
Weekly Contract Awards This week’s top GovCon contract awards: Lockheed Martin, Pond-Woolpert JV, Serco, General Dynamics and Deloitte, among others.
Ellen McCarthy, vice president of intelligence and analytics at Noblis, and a 2017 Wash100 winner, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as assistant secretary for intelligence and research at the State Department, the White House announced Tuesday.
The Treasury Department announced plans in February to transition information technology and engineering support task orders from the potential $4 billion Treasury Information Processing Support Services-4 contract vehicle to General Service Administrationâs Best-In-Class contracts, Bloomberg Government reported Wednesday.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has suggested provisions to a fiscal 2019 defense policy bill in a move to address cybersecurity and security clearance challenges the federal government faces.
The State Department has approved a pair of proposed agreements worth a combined $428 million to sell non-standard and standard military aircraft spare parts to the government of Taiwan. Taiwan’s economic and cultural representative office asked to procure accessories, spare parts and consumables for F-16, C-130 and other U.S.-manufactured aircraft and components, the Defense Security
South Korea has requested to purchase CH-47F Chinook helicopters, and related equipment from the U.S. government under a $1.5 billion foreign military sales agreement approved by the State Department. Boeing (NYSE: BA) will serve as the principal contractor on the possible transaction that includes 18 CH-47F helicopters, 42 T55-GA-714A engines, 22 common missile warning systems
The State Department has approved Poland’s request to buy from the U.S. government M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks, other vehicles and related equipment through a potential $3.75 billion foreign military sales agreement. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Tuesday there will be 12 prime contractors on the proposed FMS transaction, which includes M88A2 Hercules combat