Abacus Technology Receives CMMI Level 3 Appraisal
Abacus Technology is proud to announce that it has been appraised at Level 3 of the CMMI Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development (CMMI-DEV). The appraisal was performed by Software Quality Center (SQC), an approved CMMI Institute and Carnegie Mellon University partner.
CMMI is a world-class performance improvement framework for competitive organizations that want to achieve high-performance operations. Building upon an organization's business performance objectives, CMMI provides a set of practices for improving processes, resulting in a performance improvement system that paves the way for better operations and performance.
CMMI for Development contains practices that cover project management, process management, systems engineering, hardware engineering, software engineering, and other supporting processes used in development and maintenance. The CMMI Level 3 appraisal means that Abacus successfully demonstrated a standardized approach to 18 distinct system development process areas, and applies these processes across all development projects. Whereas CMMI Level 2 defines 7 process areas, CMMI Maturity Level 3 defines an additional 11 process areas and therefore provides a greater degree of rigor and consistency in process execution.
Abacus Enters 4th Quarter of CY 2015 on Positive Contracting Note
US Air Force – Engineering and Technology Acquisition Support Services (ETASS) II
Abacus formally took over operational responsibility for providing ETASS Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) to the Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, and Networks (C3I&N) Directorate on October 15th. This Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) support is primarily being supplied at Hanscom AFB, MA as well as the Cryptologic Systems Division at Lackland AFB, TX. Other operating locations include Maxwell AFB, AL; Peterson AFB, CO; Eglin AFB, FL; Hickam AFB, HI; Malmstrom AFB, MT; Wright-Patterson AFB, OH; and Langley AFB, VA.
US Air Force – Base Telecommunications Services (BTS)
Abacus was awarded two significant task orders under its Network Operations and Infrastructure Solutions (NETCENTS-2) Small Business IDIQ contract. These awards cover the full range of cable plant and wireless infrastructure O&M in support of unified communications initiatives for the 72nd Communications Squadron at Tinker AFB, OK and the 20th Communications Squadron at Shaw AFB, SC.
US Department of Homeland Security – Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Systems
Abacus, as a subcontractor to Cambridge International Systems, is assisting DHS’ Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Cargo Systems Program Directorate (CSPD) with development operations and sustainment services. Our focus is on modernizing legacy ACE applications using Agile Scrum and Kanban processes.
NASA Honors Abacus Technology Employee Achievements
Abacus Technology employees were recently recognized for their outstanding efforts at the 2015 Kennedy Space Center's Honor Award Ceremony. One of the most prestigious honors presented by Kennedy Director Bob Cabana was the NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal awarded to Abacus IMCS Information Management and Communications Support (IMCS) Program Manager Patty Stratton. The agency medal is awarded for a significant specific achievement or substantial improvement in operations, efficiency, service, financial savings, science or technology that contributes to the mission of NASA. In addition to receiving the Public Achievement Medal, several Abacus employees were recognized for service to the Florida spaceport, as members of three Group Achievement Awards. These achievement awards go to any combination of government and/or industry individuals for an outstanding team accomplishment that has contributed substantially to the agency's mission, including effective management of cost and schedule, customer satisfaction or success in responding to an unforeseen crisis. Congratulations to the entire Abacus team at Kennedy Space Center!
Abacus Technology Gains ISO 20000:2011 Certification for IT Service Management
Abacus Technology is proud to announce it has received ISO 20000:2011 certification across its IT Service Management (ITSM) operations. This comprehensive scope of ISO certification demonstrates our ability to implement and manage ITSM offerings aligned with industry best practices. The certification represents a significant milestone in Abacus Technology’s continued efforts in focusing on service quality management and the continuous improvement of its operations.
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a global network that identifies what International Standards are required by business, government, and society, develops them in partnership with the sectors that will put them to use, adopts them by transparent procedures based on international input, and delivers them to be implemented worldwide. ISO/IEC 20000 specifies requirements for an ITSM system that utilizes industry best practices such as ITIL where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to provide IT Services that are aligned with customer and business requirements, aims to enhance customer satisfaction, all while being both highly scalable and reducing IT costs.
Abacus Technology Provides Launch Communication Services at Kennedy Space Center
On December 5, 2014, Abacus helped with the successful launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying NASA's Orion spacecraft on a flight test supporting the US space exploration mission to Mars. During the two-orbit, four-and-a-half hour mission, NASA engineers and its partners evaluated the launch abort, heat shield, and parachute systems critical to crew safety.
Abacus' staff provided critical command and telemetry circuits in support of all ground processing operations and the designated Launch Commit Criteria (LCC) required to secure a "Go" decision to proceed with launch. We also performed timing and countdown support, operational voice and video surveillance services, and optical tracking for engineering imagery of vehicle launch ascent from Cape Canaveral and the Orion capsule reentry and recovery imagery off the California coast.
Abacus is Proud to Announce the Receipt of Several Major Contract Awards
US Air Force – Engineering and Technology Acquisition Support Services (ETASS) II
This IDIQ contract provides for a wide range of Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC). Abacus was also awarded the first ETASS II Task Order in support of the Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, and Networks (C3I&N) Directorate with services primarily being supplied at Hanscom AFB, MA as well as the Cryptologic Systems Division at Lackland AFB, TX.
US Air Force – Network Operations and Infrastructure Solutions (NETCENTS-2) Small Business
This IDIQ contract supports Air Force missions that require secure voice, data, and video communications solutions. It focuses on enabling IT transformation through the life cycle management of core net-centric operations, infrastructure development, and telephony products and services.
US Army – Information Management Communications Systems (IMCS) III
This IDIQ contract provides for a broad range of Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunications Support and Administrative Telephone Services (ATS) for the Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). The work scope covers the operation and maintenance of classified and unclassified systems across all Network Enterprise Centers (NEC).
US Navy – Seaport Enhanced (Seaport-e)
This IDIQ contract provides for professional services spanning the entire spectrum of mission areas supported by Naval Commands and Marine Corps organizations. Major functional categories of support services available include: research and development; software and systems engineering; modeling and simulation; reliability, maintainability, and availability; human factors; safety; configuration management; quality assurance; information assurance; test and evaluation; logistics; training; and public affairs/multimedia.
NASA Partners with Abacus Technology and Other Leading Technology Innovators to Enable Future Exploration
Recognizing that technology drives exploration, NASA has selected four teams of agency technologists for participation in the Early Career Initiative (ECI) pilot program. The program encourages creativity and innovation among early career NASA technologists by engaging them in hands-on technology development opportunities needed for future missions.
As one of the four winning teams, NASA Kennedy Space Center is partnering with Abacus Technology along with Purple, Rock, Scissors and the Florida Institute of Technology to pursue an Integrated Display and Environmental Awareness System (IDEAS). The team will be funded up to $1 million annually over the next two years for the development of a wearable, optical heads-up display computer that provides augmented reality data and communications to enhance real-time ground and space operations.