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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…

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.  …