Innovate! Inc. Achieves CMMI Level 2 Certification

Innovate!, a premier Cloud and GIS Platform Integration Services Company, is proud to announce that it had been appraised at Level 2 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®. The appraisal team, led by Multi-Dimensional Maturity (MDM), performed a CMMI Institute Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) for the Innovate! Business Enterprise Service Team. Based on the results of the SCAMPI, Innovate was determined to be operating at CMMI-SVC Maturity Level 2, the Managed Level.

An appraisal at maturity level 2 indicates Innovate! is performing at a “managed” level. At this level, projects have ensured that processes are planned and executed in accordance with policy; the projects employ skilled people who have adequate resources to produce controlled outputs; involve relevant stakeholders; are monitored, controlled, and reviewed; and are evaluated for adherence to their process descriptions.

Innovate! Management’s demonstrated commitment to business and technical excellence and CMMI Maturity Level 2 helped to ensure this success. Auditor Dr. Richard Waina commented, “All levels of the organization are involved in and focused on continuous improvement. Every individual’s commitment to process discipline and improvement was quite evident.”

“Obtaining CMMI Level 2 certification demonstrates the investment that Innovate makes in our processes and people to ensure on-time client delivery with the highest level of quality. CMMI Level 2 adds to Innovate’s already rich culture of process and quality improvement,” noted Tom Perkowitz, Innovate’s Quality Manager.

About Innovate! Inc: More Than a Consulting Company
Innovate! provides expertise in Geospatial, Information Technology, Cloud Advisory, Management and Business Consulting services. The talent pool at Innovate, led by renowned industry leaders, consists of a multi-disciplinary team of analysts; information management and technology specialists (IM/IT); geospatial professionals; technical experts; regulatory specialists; road and transportation safety experts; and project and program management consultants. Innovate, established in 2002, is a woman and minority owned “green” small business providing results-driven solutions to solve mission-critical problems. Innovate! has an award-winning history of delivering state-of-the-art services and solutions to Federal, State, Tribal and local government clients and private industry.

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CMMI Institute is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people process, and technology. CMMI Institute promises to inspire cultures of continuous improvement that elevate performance and create a sustainable competitive advantage.

Innovate! Awarded US Army IGI&S Contract

Innovate! was awarded the Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide Installations, Energy and Environment (IE&E) geospatial capability and support to the Army and Department of Defense (DoD) entities. The Army’s Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (OACSIM) established the IGI&S Program for the Army’s IE&E domain of the Army Geospatial Enterprise (AGE).

The IGI&S Program helps make geospatial information of installation features readily available in standardized formats and consolidated in an authoritative data source. This enables utilization by echelons up to Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) offices to support installation management business processes, inform force protection, respond to encroachment issues, meet regulatory requirements, enable optimum use of facilities, and enhance installation, energy, and environmental management in order to support mission needs.

Our geospatial-based solutions offer new approaches to today’s more complex geospatial challenges expanding infrastructure. The Innovate! team looks forward to this opportunity to partner with the US Army and further develop the IGI&S program!

Innovate’s Annual Green Halloween Party

An important component of Innovate! is valuing our environment and leading by example of what it means to operate a “green” and environmentally conscious organization. The “Green Halloween” is an annual event that has grown in popularity each year bringing together partners, clients, and friends to network while enjoying each other’s company. Voluntary donations were collected to support the Global Cooling Network, an Innovate! sponsored 501 C3 non-profit.  The mission of the Global Cooling Network is to preserve forested lands in their natural, undeveloped state.

At this year’s event we shared food, sampled hand-picked tequilas, and enjoyed conversations with all who attended! Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you next year! Happy (Green) Halloween!

Michael Blair, Innovate! Senior GIS Manager, Presented “How Unique Is Your Search? Dynamically Expand Your Query,” at the North Carolina ArcGIS Users Group September 19th

Mr. Blair delivered his presentation on the Query widget, which is great for predefined searches, but has certain limitations.  There is the question about what do you do when you want to find data across multiple attributes and many unique values per attribute? Innovate! solved that problem by developing a custom tool to make use of a unique value data query to serve the values dynamically through a web service. The tool then consumes the response and builds a multi-selection search interface for the user to be able to select individual field values across multiple fields. To expand the tool’s reach and use, Innovate! added a geographic filtering function that allows the user to define an area to search against, in addition to the field values.

Innovate! Awarded Salesforce Silver Partnership Level

Innovate! is proud to announce our achievement of the Salesforce Silver Consulting Partnership level.  Since 2008, Innovate! has been developing and implementing Salesforce solutions for federal and private customers. Innovate! performs consultation services and supports Salesforce license implementation, governance, integration, training, and application development using the platform in both Classic and Lightening instances.

Salesforce evaluates companies based on factors that include the specialization of resources, Salesforce certifications, customer feedback on implementations performed, and much more. The Silver designation reflects the strength of the Innovate! and Salesforce partnership. It acknowledges Innovate!’s consistent track record of excellent delivery and customer service. “This designation gives our customers a high degree of confidence that they have a team of experts building their systems. We have an objective measure that shows we are an elite Salesforce implementation partner,” notes Innovate! COO Phill Thomas.

As a Silver Consulting Partner, Innovate! has demonstrated expertise and commitment to providing exceptional Salesforce services for its clients. The Innovate! Salesforce practice has grown to a team of over 12 Salesforce certified experts and has helped organizations achieve success on the Salesforce platform. “We are truly grateful for our team’s hard work in obtaining this achievement and are investing heavily in this partnership,” Innovate! Phill Thomas concluded.

Innovate! is the premier Salesforce implementation partner and #1 by sales volume for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Innovate! has played key roles in the success of many critical and high-profile Salesforce initiatives such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safer Choice Program and Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR). During implementations, Innovate! wrote the Salesforce FedRAMP security plan that led to an EPA Authority to Operate (ATO) within the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). This ATO was extended via Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to other EPA offices.

To learn more about Innovate!’s Salesforce services, please visit the Cloud Advisory Services Page

Innovate! USGS EROS contractor Cole Krehbiel authors “ECOSTRESSED: Measuring Temperatures of Cities During Extreme Heatwaves”

August 21, 2019

For the second time in as many months, Europe was gripped by an extreme heat wave, breaking temperature records in 12 countries. Record high temperatures were set on Thursday, July 25, in the Netherlands at 40.4 °C (104.7 °F), and Belgium at 41.8 °C (107.2 °F). Germany reached 42.6 °C (108.7 °F), as did Paris, France, which broke a record that had stood for over 70 years by more than 2 degrees Celsius. For Europeans, this may sound like a “broken record” as the continent suffered a separate extreme heat wave just a month prior in late June, when eight countries experienced record-breaking heat… continue reading


Recognition for Innovate Client: EPA Region 9 Common Operating Picture/California Wildfires Team

Innovate is proud to announce that our clients within EPA Region 9 are recipients of this year’s Federal Employee of the Year Awards, which were recently presented to outstanding Bay Area public servants by the Federal Executive Board. We have supported EPA Region 9 for over eight years across a range of initiatives including geospatial and IT support services.

EPA Region 9 played a critical role in responding to the 2017 and 2018 wildfires in California.  Innovate supported a multidisciplinary team in the development of an innovative, web-based tool to support emergency planning, preparedness and response activities.  The Common Operating Picture data platform enhanced situational awareness, increased access to data and simplified rapid decision-making.  The team’s efforts significantly improved the efficiency and effectiveness of EPA’s response to the Northern California wildfires.

We appreciate our partnership with our federal clients. EPA Region 9’s tireless and groundbreaking efforts exemplify the spirit that Region 9 staff and managers bring to their work every day.

Innovate is proud to support this team!

R9 Common Operating Picture Fire Application

Innovate! Awarded NITAAC CIO-SP3 8(a) Small Business Group Contract Award

NITAAC & CIO-SP3 LogoInnovate! was awarded the CIO-SP3 contract for Section 8(a) Small Business Group by the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC.) CIO-SP3 is a Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), offering emerging technology, solutions and services that support the full range of IT services and health IT needs across the federal government agencies. It also gives agencies a mechanism to help meet socio-economic contracting goals, while providing small businesses, like Innovate, with an opportunity to participate in government requirements.

Innovate! competed with many other companies and was selected based on meeting the most rigorous performance standards across a wide range of IT services spanning across ten task areas of specialty. The contract has a performance period from December 24, 2018 and extend through June 26, 2022 with a ceiling of $20 billion.

Federal IT challenges are solved everyday with CIO-SP3 Small Business contracts. Phill Thomas, Innovate!’s Chief Operating Officer states, “We are pleased to be selected as one of the leading small business innovators for the CIO-SP3 contract award. We look forward to offering our extensive IT expertise to the NITAAC agencies we have worked with in the past, as well as other federal, civilian or DoD agencies who seek Best in Class contracts to help with IT challenges that result in increased efficiencies.” Thomas continues, “Having worked with federal government agencies since Innovate! was established 17-years ago, Innovate!’s aim is to continue to help agencies fulfill federal government compelling IT priorities which include data center consolidation, cloud computing, cybersecurity, mobile strategy solutions and others.” Innovate!’s IT-based solutions offer new approaches to today’s more complex IT challenges expanding IT infrastructure, while providing software development to organizations in healthcare.

Innovate has been acknowledged by Esri as a partner in the Release Ready Specialty

ESRI Release Ready Specialty Award ImageWe have been recognized for keeping pace with Esri technology, expertise, and the community by helping users make smart decisions using Web GIS.

Being part of the Release Ready Specialty helps Innovate stand out amongst contractor options and grow our business. It also opens the door to opportunities to engage with new and existing customers.
The Release Ready Specialty designation is the newest provided by Esri to Innovate following attainment of ArcGIS Online, Local Government and Small Business that Innovate currently has. Innovate is an Esri Silver partner and was awarded the 2018 Innovation Partner of the Year award for work done with the US EPA. Most recently Innovate and team member Esri were awarded the IRWIN contract supporting Wildland Fire support to the DOI.

Innovate Awarded DOI Integrated Reporting of Wildland-Fire Information (IRWIN) O&M and DME Contract

Innovate! Inc. announced today it has been awarded the Integrated Reporting of
Wildland-Fire Information (IRWIN) Operation and Maintenance (O&M) and
Development, Modernization and Enhancement (DME) services contract in support of
the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Office of Wildland Fire (OWF). This is a new contract
award for Innovate with team member Esri.

Wild fire in the trees

Wild fire in the trees

IRWIN is a Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Wildland Fire (OWF) managed
interagency system that integrates wildland fire data. The interagency community
includes the USDA – US Forest Service, the DOI Bureau of Land Management (BLM),
National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Bureau
of Indian Affairs (BIA) as well as state and local fire managers via the United States Fire
Administration (USFA).
Under this five-year contract, Innovate will provide support required to operate and
maintain and develop, modernize and enhance the IRWIN system and the supporting
tools developed to support visualization and understanding of data integration. Innovate
will perform a broad range of O&M support, such documenting geospatial data
standards and data mapping, updating application code for the IRWIN system, perform
database tuning and workflow enhancement analysis.
Innovate will also provide on-site and remote consulting support to work collaboratively
with the DOI OWF to design, develop, modernize and enhance IRWIN to meet the
interagency wildland fire community needs and requirements. Innovate will facilitate and
support the annual release cadence in support of IRWIN to include discovery sessions
with candidate systems connecting to IRWIN, annual code development, modernization
and enhancements, including prototype build, and demonstration, integration testing
and deployment.
The period of performance begins July 29 th and runs through July 2024.
“Innovate recognizes the importance of IRWIN’s operations and we will proudly assist
the DOI in providing services to meet its diverse user base with this new contract,”
comments Frank Roberts, Innovate’s GIS/IT Director. He adds, “This contract will
enable us to expand our existing work with the Emergency Support / Wildland Fire
community and allow us to use our existing knowledge of GIS/IT in support of the
Wildland Firefighters.”

Plane fighting fire

Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) Drops Water on the Edge of the Fire Allowing Fire Fighters on the Ground to Work Closer to the Active Fire

Innovate has provided mission-critical emergency response and fire support services to
federal clients and other customers. Innovate has collaborated with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 (R9) to enhance the R9 Common
Operating Picture (COP) to monitor and forecast fire and wind challenges that plague

California’s wildfire operations. Innovate’s IT/GIS – Geographic Information System
team has been supporting and developing technology for EPA’s R9 for the past eight
years. The wind and fire response tools are two of many solutions developed to address
a myriad of problems, caused naturally or by human error, that challenge the United