STSI Awarded EPA CISS Contract Vehicle

Mar 07, 2016 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI was awarded a contract with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the Comprehensive Infrastructure Support Services (CISS) vehicle. STSI is the lead firm on a small business team formed via a Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA). The CISS contract is an EPA-wide vehicle spanning four GSA schedules. The multiple award $211 million BPA covers facilities management; safety, health & environmental management; security management; and IT and general support. All EPA offices, regions and labs can make use of the BPA. Read More

“DevOps for the Rest of Us” at DC Continuous Delivery Meetup

Feb 10, 2016 by bmorris Comments: 0

DevOps is a fashionable buzzword these days. Everyone wants DevOps, but few can agree on the details of what it is or why it is so important. STSI consultants Chris Cassatt and Ben Morris will deliver a talk on “DevOps for the Rest of Us” at the upcoming DC Continuous Delivery meetup on the evening of February 17. The talk is geared toward a wide audience: project managers or analysts who want to understand the value of DevOps, or developers who are new to DevOps. We address the nebulous definition of the “DevOps” buzzword, then dive in to real demos. This talk is based on one we gave at AgileDC this past fall. Download the slides. Read More

STSI Releases EPA National Lakes Assessment Prototype

Dec 30, 2015 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI released the NLA Data Explorer prototype, which improves how EPA shares the National Lakes Assessment dataset. The EPA National Lakes Assessment is a statistical survey of the condition of our nation’s lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. The prototype application allows you to explore that data. You can view the data for a given lake and can gain context about the data. By clicking on a field, you get a definition of what it contains, as well as some descriptive statistics as to how the lake compares to other lakes. This prototype application was developed by STSI as part of a response to a Request for Information published by the EPA. The EPA has done a great job of making raw data available as a set of CSV files. This prototype expands on that, allowing would-be users of the data a chance to “kick the tires” and understand the contents of the dataset.     The code is open source and available on GitHub. Read More

STSI Sponsors AgileDC

Oct 27, 2015 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI sponsored the annual AgileDC conference, which brings together software developers and consultants from the government and commercial worlds. In all 7 consultants attended the conference. Some take-aways: Our presentation on ‘DevOps for the Rest of Us‘ by Chris Cassatt and Ben Morris was well received. The audience appreciated the live demo and well-structured format. The multi-track format was great to allow attendees to tailor their experience based on personal interest and value. It was fun to see 100 STSI branded give-away bags being carried around the conference. We’ll be back next year! Read More

Lessons Learned from a 1-week App

Jul 10, 2015 by bmorris Comments: 0

A couple weeks ago, 18F released a request for quote (RFQ) for Agile Delivery Services. This represented a new approach to federal IT contracting. For typical federal proposals, you spend weeks or months writing dozens (or hundreds) of pages describing how you’ll deliver. (But maybe you are better at writing than delivering.) For this proposal, we didn’t submit paper. We submitted code. Specifically, we developed an application that  leveraged the APIs at open.fda.gov. We had to do so in one week, which was later extended to about 2 weeks total. Creating an app from scratch in 1-2 weeks is tough, but we did it! We’re proud of the app we created, and the quality of the code. Our top 5 lessons from our team retrospective were… Slack Time is Great: We were originally marching toward a 1 week deadline, which was then extended before the week was up. That extra slack time let us add some fun features, including a cool tree visualization, that made the app feel more complete and polished. Lesson: Some buffer time helps teams – and running at 100% will actually slow production. Tests are a Life Saver: Our test coverage was very good. Sometimes it […] Read More

STSI Attains Microsoft Gold Partner Designation

Sep 06, 2012 by bmorris Comments: 0

Solution Technology Systems, Inc. (STSI) has attained Microsoft Gold Partner status in the competency of Software Development. This reflects STSI’s mature capability in developing software on the .NET platform. The partner designation requires technical capability, appropriately skilled and certified staff, and satisfied customers. STSI has successfully completed a number of .NET development projects, covering both desktop and web-based software. Further, STSI has extensive experience efficiently modernizing legacy Visual Basic and Active Server Pages applications onto .NET platforms. Read More

STSI Baseball Outing a Success, Despite Nat’s Loss

Jul 20, 2012 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI held it’s annual baseball outing on July 20, watching the Nationals take on the Atlanta Braves. The game was close, with the Braves edging out the Nat’s 11-10. The good news is that the weather held out after threats of rain, and everyone was able to fully enjoy the ballpark and the party suites. Over 200 people turned out including STSI employees, family and friends. Read More

STSI to Support EIA in Stakeholder Data Collection

Jun 14, 2012 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI was awarded a contract supporting the Energy Information Administration (EIA) with a national stakeholder data collection effort. The EIA needed an efficient and cost-effective tool to collect a set of highly-complex survey data from a nation-wide set of respondents. STSI proposed a solution that would meet project goals including: Leveraging existing off-the-shelf technologies Meeting a strict timeline for the high-visibility project Minimizing stakeholder burden by pre-populating available data Rather than developing a costly custom application, STSI designed a solution based on existing tools, saving a substantial amount of cost and time. Further, the off-the-shelf solution allow both EIA staff and field survey respondents to use familiar tools. Read More

STSI Appraised at CMMI Level 3

Feb 01, 2012 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI has been appraised at Maturity Level 3 of the Capability Maturity Model® Software Engineering (CMMI-DEV V 1.3). STSI achieved this milestone using the SCAMPI-A method, V 1.3 appraisal on its processes. This achievement reflects STSI’s focus on quality of delivery, and dedication to client success. The CMMI model, developed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburg, PA, is an improved, expanded model based on the previous CMM models. Read More

STSI Wins EPA Security Management Project

Oct 27, 2011 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI has been awarded a contract to provide full lifecycle application and management support for the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Security Management Division. The follow-on contract is the result of high client satisfaction and successful delivery, serving as a testament to the quality of work done by the STSI team. The EPA Security Management Division is responsible for processing background investigations for agency personnel, managing smartcard badges, and physical facility security other duties. STSI provides full lifecycle application support, including strategy, business process re-engineering, application development, and ongoing application maintenance and support. STSI will continue to support the entire background investigation process, including compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and other regulations. STSI will also support additional automation of the background investigation workflow, including secure data entry by contractor staff, reducing exposure of personally identifiable information during the process. Read More