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A Home for the Ozone Platform

The Ozone Widget Framework (OWF) and Ozone Marketplace (OMP) product line are nearing end of life, with limited resources to support bug fixes and community requests. Resources have since been directed to development, deployment, and sustainment of Ozone Platform (OZP), the software that powers AppsMall, and the latest in the Ozone product line of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). OZP is a key component of the Office of Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI) Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) effort to bring the various intelligence agencies together to share information, reduce hardware and software redundancies, and further collaborate…

ACES, Inc. Celebrates its 10 year anniversary at Disney World

We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary with a company trip to Orlando, Florida! ACES, Inc. Founder and President,  Jeb Pair,  is rewarding employees with a family-oriented trip as a way of saying thanks to everyone for their dedication and support. This trip has the added benefit of bringing both the Colorado office and the Maryland office together in one spot to celebrate this major milestone.…

Failure is Not Black & White, but Shades of Gray

An unusual topic for the beginning of the year: FAILURE.  Yes, failure.  The New Year is the time to talk about success and new beginnings, so you might be asking whether or not this is the best time to talk about this.  Well, it’s a little hard to define success without experiencing failure, and since the New Year brings new beginnings, now is absolutely the time to talk about failure.  So, for the beginning of 2016, I would like to reflect on my thoughts of failure and why it’s so important.
This is something you probably don’t want to hear, or…

Convergent UI: Distributed Composition with Microservices and Spring Cloud

Microservices Architectures are taking the development community by storm lately.  As distributed systems continue to grow, so do the tools that surround them.  Projects like Spring Cloud have provided common services that help support distributed systems using proven technologies from companies like Netflix.  Spring Cloud provides services for distributed configuration management, service discovery, circuit breakers, proxy services, and much more.  While these infrastructure services help developers to spin up cloud deployments quickly, we are still left with other gaps in the architecture that need to be solved.

When building a Microservices Architecture, we are told to separate concerns as much as possible,…

People, Planet, Profit – The Triple Bottom Line

This post is the first in a series dedicated to highlighting examples of new ways to reshape the workplace, both for businesses and governments, by encouraging practices designed to benefit employees and customers while protecting the environment and making/saving money.
The Raspberry Pi, developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in 2011, was developed to help teach basic coding and computing skills to school children.  The size of a credit card, or a small block of cheese, the Pi costs just $35 each, and hundreds of thousands have been produced since it’s inception.  No longer does a user need to spend large…

Visit ACES, Inc. @ TECH EXPO Hiring Event

ACES, Inc. will be exhibiting at the TECH EXPO Polygraph-only Hiring Event in Northern VA on Tuesday, Aug 11th. The TECH EXPO is being held at The Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner (1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, Virginia 22102 USA) from 10am – 3pm. We hope to see you there! As always, you can find our current openings on our Careers page. Feel free to Contact Us with any questions you might have.  …

Introducing a Streaming Json Data Generator

Have you ever needed to generate a realtime stream of json data in order to test an application or build a prototype? When thinking about a good source of streaming data, we often look to the Twitter stream as a solution, but that only gets us so far in prototyping scenarios and we often fall short because Twitter data only fits a certain amount of use cases. There are plenty of json data generator online (like json-generator, or mockaroo), but we couldn’t find an offline data generator for us to use in our testing and prototyping, so we decided to…

How Developers Start Conversations

During our last hiring event here at ACES, Inc. in Colorado, we decided to geek out a little and do something fun. Since we were hoping to have some software developers show up, we wanted to have something that would grab their attention when they walked into the room.  I ended up throwing together a quick demo that we could project on the wall during the hiring event that people could interact with. ACES, Inc. develops many applications, but we have a good deal of experience developing web applications, using JavaScript frameworks, and other web technologies. Our R&D department also get’s to…

ACES, Inc. Hiring Event in Maryland

ACES, Inc. will be holding a Hiring Event in Linthicum, Maryland on April 15th 2015 at the Aloft Hotel (map) from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Please come and join us and learn about the exciting opportunities we have in both Maryland and Colorado! Please see the flyer for more information. For answers to any questions or to request more information, please contact us!

DevOps: Move the Needle, Change the Culture

Supporting government programs can have it’s up’s and downs when it comes to building software systems.  ACES, Inc. employs many software developers supporting a number of different programs with in the government sector who have been though their fair share of frustrations.  As we look at the current state of the commercial world in how both development and operations have come together, we know we are often behind the curve in terms of technology and process, not always by choice, but often through bureaucracy.  Are you a web developer that that doesn’t know how to respond to a control gate that…