Government IT

One of our Blackstone Engineering Teams on a Homeland Security gig successfully deployed a Federal IT Investment Management application recently…from conception to production in 3 months! Lots of factors involved: great team chemistry; efficient knowledge transfer from requirements and development through testing to production; demanding excellence and faster response times from government and contractors; using the latest open technologies to speed up delivery.

According to a team member – “above all else, success was driven by a smart and patient government/contractor team that was never flustered or deterred from its delivery goal. The mix of open technologies included Grails to speed up development – which itself included Spring, Hibernate, Sitemesh and of course Groovy. We deployed to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 5.0, running behind an IIS 7.5 front end (via ISAPI Redirect). Our data tier was SQL Server 2008, with SSRS (SQL’s Reporting Services) serving up reports. We actually used two databases, one that was optimized for the front end application (that ingests data), and the second optimized for reporting and business intelligence. The data structure itself is very OO (object oriented), which also necessitated having two different databases.

One of the great efficiency gains, right at the beginning, was in the requirements phase when we used Grails to rapidly prototype the application and demonstrate the required data model – in action – with a real application. That sped up the requirements and allowed us to get into development pretty much instantly”.

Find out more about great open standards-based IT application engineering results, and Federal IT career opportunities, at Blackstone Technology Consulting.


Blackstone Expands Its Ability to Serve California State Government

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As a top provider of Technology Consulting Services to the California State Government, Blackstone Technology Group, Inc. announced today the expansion of its ability to serve the state of California through earning a CalPERS Spring Fed Pool Refresh Award. This Award will enable Blackstone to offer both expanded and enhanced IT services to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, a CA state organization that provides retirement and health benefits to 1.6+ million public employees, retirees, and their families and 2,500+ employers.

As part of the Spring Fed Pool Refresh, CalPERS awarded Blackstone classifications in six new IT service verticals, namely Project Management, Architecture, Data Administration/Data Modeling, Application Development, Release Management/Quality Assurance/Configuration Management, and Management Support Services. This now expands Blackstone’s capability to service CalPERS to a total of six different verticals and thirteen related job categories.

“This is a significant step forward,” said Rick Venegas, Sr. Director of Blackstone’s CA State Government Practice. “It was an intensive effort that involved several months of Blackstone’s work combined with a deep inspection by CalPERS of Blackstone past performances to ensure we met CalPERS qualifications and standards. Based on the scope and scale of award that CalPERS delivered to us, it shows that Blackstone has met or beaten multiple bars of performance criteria for CalPERS, and that Blackstone is further deepening its credibility in the CA state government marketplace.”

Blackstone Technology Group
Rick Venegas, Sr. Director, CA State Government Practice,
916-565-1260, ext. 327