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We previously wrote about some of the significant demonstrations of real world utility of SoftwareAG/Terracotta based solutions, including this piece titled “Plugfest at AFCEA West: Terracotta Wins First Place.”

In it we wrote:

Government technologists have always been under pressure to make engineering choices that are efficient and effective. They must support demanding missions under resource constraints and this is one of the reason government technologists like seeing proof that something works before investing in it. Demonstrations, prototypes and proof of concepts are important in the federal space.

One of the more interesting demonstration environments is the AFCEA “PlugFest” that occurred at the AFCEA West conference in January 2013.  This is a live, unscripted demo where teams of technologists compete and demonstrate their ability to support RI2P (Rapid Integration Innovation Process). Firms participating in this activity demonstrated capabilities that work in realistic enterprise environments.  The winner, which demonstrated an incredibly virtuous ability to support DoD enterprise apps (both legacy apps which need modernization and new projects which need fielding) is Terracotta, who won because of their powerful new capabilities in in-memory management.

A government, industry and academic team of judges selected Terracotta as the winner based on their ability to quickly provide a software application that solved a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) use case problem, leveraged the specified technology stack, and collaborated with other challengers. The team demonstrated a Rapid Integration Innovation Process (RI2P) to government decision makers’ using a the provided HADR use-case that featured analyzing real-time streaming data from multiple sources and formats, while performing predictive analytics and complex event processing in memory to a Geospatial enabled “COP” dashboard and by demonstrating the ability to work with messaging to bandwidth constrained environments. The solution demonstrated Terracotta’s ability to solve government information sharing, analysis and Big Data problems using leveraging off-the-shelf capabilities assembled according to commercial open standards.

We have seen some additional reporting on this topic we are happy to share, from http://ctolink.us/10FG5n4

Software AG Government Solutions Delivers Award Winning Technology to Humanitarian Relief Effort Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9:00 am EDT on April 4, 2013

Receives First Place at the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association West PlugFest

 

RESTON, Va., April 4, 2013 – Software AG Government Solutions recently garnered first prize at the annual AFCEA Western Conference PlugFest competition in San Diego, Calif. The PlugFest mission is to create a vehicle for demonstrating the value of industry, academia, and government collaboration to solve government problems using an approach called Rapid Integration Innovation Process (RI2P). PlugFest proves IT interoperability using pre-integrated standards based components, from a variety of providers, which run in open standards based run-time environments across a particular enterprise.

The competitors were given several Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) scenarios within which to develop comprehensive solutions. The winning demo from the Software AG Government Solutions team involved a scenario in which several dirty bombs were detonated in a major metropolitan city.

The Software AG Government Solutions team built and demonstrated an application that gathered data from multiple sources and providers and applied modeling and simulation techniques to find, track, and predict movement and toxicity of radioactive and hazardous toxic plumes. A key capability demonstrated was the real-time event processing of streaming big data including sensor, geospatial and social media data. One of the resulting analyses showed real-time alerts and complex event processing to predict and detect a plume’s proximity to sensitive areas such as Red Cross shelters where people would be gathered seeking safety.

Overall, the solution was designed to illustrate real-time government information sharing and deliver analyzed information to common operational picture (COP) in an actionable, geospatially-enabled display, and manage communications to bandwidth-restricted devices/areas. The solution leveraged elements from both Software AG’s Terracotta and webMethods products.

“We are always excited to participate in an event that centers on proving the viability of technology in addressing life-saving scenarios,” said Tod Weber, CEO of Software AG Government Solutions. “In a PlugFest type of environment, where you are only given a matter of hours to build and demonstrate a solution, you get to see which technologies are robust enough to really have an impact on efficiency and effectiveness. This environment provided us with a perfect opportunity to apply our ‘special forces’ approach and truly differentiate our people and our technology. We are proud to receive this award and hope that our demonstration offers interested organizations a high level of confidence in our capabilities.”

About Software AG Government Solutions

Software AG Government Solutions provides best-in-class software solutions for integration, service-oriented architecture, big data and business process management. Our core products are webMethods, ARIS and Terracotta. The company’s highly trained team takes a “special forces” approach to solving complex IT challenges quickly and efficiently for the federal government and its supplier communities. The company is headquartered in Reston, Virginia and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Software AG USA with more than 30 years of experience with the federal government. Learn more at
www.softwareag-gov.com.

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Contact:Software AGCheryl Hawkinscheryl.hawkins@softwareag.com         Senior Manager Public RelationsTel: +1 703 391-6627Fax: +1 703 390-7401

Again we would like to offer congratulations to Terracotta. And thanks AFCEA for sponsoring this sort of demo for government technologists. Running events like these are great ways to reduce technological risk.

 More Background On: Software AG Government Solutions Delivers Award Winning Technology to Humanitarian Relief Effort Challenge

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.