The Center for Urban Transportation Research has named TeraThink one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters for 2018! Best Workplaces for Commuters is an innovative membership program. It provides qualified employers with national recognition and an elite designation for offering outstanding commuter benefits.
TeraThink has over 200 employees located across Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, who commute to client sites on daily basis. Many of our employees utilize the local metro and bus system or pay-for-parking lots. As a company, we felt the need to alleviate some of the stress associated with the daily commute. We are proud to be recognized for our efforts.
Starting at the crack of dawn on Monday, April 9th, TeraThink employees rallied together and took on their first company-wide challenge of the year, the Journey Through Asia. TeraThink kicked off the new year with our newly combined workforce with the launch of our FitBit Wellness Program. As part of this program, all employees received a generous stipend to purchase their very own FitBit device. Once the employees received their devices they had the ability to participate in our quarterly step challenges.
In an earlier blog, I wrote about a couple of takeaways regarding improvements to the ServiceNow platform from our trip to Knowledge18, Those weren’t the only key takeaways from ServiceNow’s annual conference. There was a lot of focus on improving the user experience for both the producers and consumers of ServiceNow’s features and value. Having seen many projects succeed or fail based not upon features but upon user experience, this was exciting to see.
TeraThink has completed an asset purchase agreement to support the Defense Logistics Agency’s J6 Enterprise Technology Services (JETS) contract vehicle. The DLA JETS contract is a multiple-award firm-fixed-price quantity contract with a five-year base period of performance. The DLA has already purchased over $500M in IT services through the vehicle since March 2017. With a three-year option and a total contract ceiling of up to $6 billion, TeraThink’s opportunity to grow at the DLA is substantial.
We believe our digital transformation, enterprise applications, and information management capabilities are a great fit for DLA’s needs. TeraThink’s service offerings clearly align to the recently released 2018-2026 DLA Strategic Plan. We welcome the opportunity to assist DLA Information Operations (J6) in realization of its vision of a global presence, agile and innovative, and focused on the warfighter first.
In May, my colleagues and I attended ServiceNow’s annual conference, Knowledge18. We joined over 18,000 attendees in Las Vegas to meet, learn, share, and collaborate on all things ServiceNow. They presented a wide range of valuable content spanning all aspects of the platform. This ranged from in-depth solution-focused sessions, to industry-based workshops, to a roadmap of functionality coming to the platform.
Two of my takeaways from the conference centered on the platform improvement and their increased focus on the customer.
TeraThink’s culture is one of giving, especially when it comes to children who are battling every day with diseases that no child should ever face. Over the course of the last year, TeraThink has continued to form a relationship with The Children’s Inn at National Institutes of Health (NIH). For those of you who don’t know, The Children’s Inn is a non-profit dedicated to providing “a place like home” for children and their families participating in clinical research at the NIH. Coming to the NIH and Inn is a last, best hope for treatment or a cure for many of them.
Last month I had the pleasure of going to San Antonio for the 2018 AIIM Conference. As always, AIIM hosted some great conversations and informative presentations. Some of the discussions focused around emerging technologies in the information space, blockchain, and artificial intelligence.
Lots of new technology were discussed in a panel run by Alan Pelz-Sharpe. He and his panelists; Andrea Chiappe, Kashyap Kompella, and Dan Abdul; broke the technologies down and how they impact the world of information management. Alan noted that during his preconference session, a surprising number of people were already very familiar with these new technologies. That is a refreshing realization. Broad understanding in the industry is critical towards creating practical applications with any new technology.
Today we are proud to announce that Steve Hamric will be joining TeraThink as our new Chief Financial Officer. Steve will oversee all finance and contracts aspects of TeraThink, including financial planning, management, and reporting operations.
We are thrilled to have Steve on board at TeraThink as we enter the next phase of our company’s evolution. His experience will help us to play a stronger role in the industry.
Microservices is the latest architectural approach to scaling applications. Their smaller, more atomic size, allows for greater agility as the impact of each iteration is more contained. This makes continuous integration and development easier as the burden of testing is less and deployment iterations are more limited in scope.
As we look to utilize Mule, and other systems, in this environment, we need to make sure that their configurations can automatically reflect their environment. As we build applications at scale and move out of the development lab, this becomes a real need. Luckily, the Spring Cloud Configuration server lets us do exactly that.
A few weeks back, I spoke on an Information Coalition webinar with Nick Inglis about getting Beyond the Hype of Content Services. We discussed content services and tried to separate the reality from the hype. If you been following, there is a lot of hype out there and has been since Gartner stopped tracking ECM (enterprise content management) and switched to content services. This has fed people’s instinct to equate content services with ECM. Many vendors and consultants are now taking their marketing messaging and simply substituting one term for the other. Even more distracting are people that reflexively reject content services because they assume the person using the term is just doing a term swap.
The truth is that content services is not ECM. It is an approach to implementing solutions that support an ECM strategy and providing sound information governance. Content services doesn’t eliminate the need for an ECM strategy or information governance. In fact, if you don’t have a strategy or proper governance, you might end up addressing the wrong things.
You still need a plan. To determine how to implement it, you need to know what content services is and how it can make a difference.