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ACES, Inc @ GeoHackJam

This March, ACES, Inc. was able to participate in the first ever GeoHackJam presented by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) & Data.gov.  The purpose of the event was to explore technical solutions for several different problem sets faced by the USGS and supporting agencies.

ACES members Travis Scheponik and Michael Siegel were able to team up with Michael Flores of IBM to successfully prototype and showcase an FOSS solution for their mineral data set issues. Utilizing open source tools such as ElasticSearch and Kibana hosted on IBM Bluemix, the team was able to present a viable prototype solution that could be built and expanded to…

DevOpsDC Meetup Tuesday 15 Nov 2016

ACES, Inc. CTO Tony Alletag will be presenting on “DevOps and Government Contracts” at the upcoming DevOps DC Meetup Tuesday Nov 15th @ 6:30PM at Excella Consulting in Arlington VA.

Summary of Talk:

Government contracts typically do software development on isolated networks without access to the internet.  This causes many significant challenges to software developers that are used to having free access to all the tools, libraries, and experts that are available there. This talk will go over real examples on how government contractors are using DevOps.

Those interested in attending can sign up for the event here. http://www.meetup.com/DevOpsDC/events/227736781/

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ACES, Inc. is Hiring!

ACES, Inc. was recently awarded a multi-year prime contract for software development with a goal of transitioning legacy enterprise products, algorithms, and analytics to a modern data processing architecture that utilizes big data streaming and analytic technologies. We will be building out a lab for specialized hardware design, testing, staging and assembly of prototypes for mission systems.  We are looking for founding team members to help grow a DevOps culture and be part of the next generation of processing tools for this customer.

ACES, Inc. has positions immediately available for developers with 7+ years of work experience and expertise in any  of…

DevOps Social

ACES, Inc. wanted thank everyone that came out for our DevOps social especially Nathen Harvey. Nathen gave a great talk on DevOps to around 30 people and the event was enjoyed by all.
Those interested in future DevOps talks can regularly find Nathen and other like minded folks at DevOpsDC meet ups or at his DevOpsDays conferences.  ACES, Inc. will be returning the favor and presenting at the DevOpsDC meet soon.  Sign up if you are interested in attending…

DevOps Social

Interested in learning more about DevOps? Come join us for our ACES, Inc. DevOps Social on Thursday, August 18th after work. Nathen Harvey, the Vice President of Community Development at Chef will be speaking. To read more about Nathen and DevOps click here.

Feel free to invite your friends and co-workers, but please make sure to RSVP here to reserve your spot. We hope to see you there!

 

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Jailbreak Brewery Fundraiser

Happy Hour for all ACES, Inc. employees from 3-7 at Jailbreak Brewery! We’re donating to the fundraiser while also raising awareness of the Ellicott City flood victims. Come out, socialize, and support a great cause!

ACES, Inc. Feedback on Federal Source Code Policy

I have been a Government contractor and software developer for over 15 years. I have worked on projects where code wasn’t shared with anyone outside the development team to open source projects funded by the government (Ozone Platform). The Federal Source Code Policy could be monumental for advancements in technology and innovation by empowering open communication and collaboration with the largest producer of software in the world.
Below is my feedback on the policy (https://sourcecode.cio.gov/) which was posted to GitHub at https://github.com/WhiteHouse/source-code-policy/issues/237

Feedback on Potential Challenges:

Prevent all from Actively Protecting Silos
Both government employees and contracting companies’ aggressively protect their silos of…

Ozone is Open Source

This post is the third in a series of blog post that will discuss Ozone evolution from a widget framework to a software as a service platform. The goal is to generate discussion among the Ozone community to discuss challenges and possible solutions.
 
Ozone is an open source project. The community needs to collaborate and should seed the creation of a non-profit Ozone Software Foundation (OSF) with donations and volunteers to provide leadership for the Ozone community.  The OSF would be responsible for increasing the value of the Ozone Platform to existing and new users by creating an active open source…

Background and Current State of Ozone

This post is the second in a series of blog post that will discuss Ozone evolution from a widget framework to a software as a service platform. The goal is to generate discussion among the Ozone community to discuss challenges and possible solutions.

The Ozone Widget Framework (OWF) had a significant and growing presence across the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community by 2010. Initially this was done via the GOSS Board (Government Open Source Software), an inter-agency consortium comprised of government stakeholders who met to discuss & decide on the path of Ozone. Ultimately, it culminated in the National Defense…