Innovate! Inc. Appraised at CMMI Maturity Level 3 for Services

ALEXANDRIA, VA – INNOVATE! INC. (www.innovateteam.com), a premier Cloud and GIS Platform Integration Services Company, is pleased to announce it has been appraised at CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® Level 3 for Services. An appraisal team led by Multi-Dimensional Maturity (MDM) performed a CMMI Institute Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) for Innovate.  Demonstrating appraisal readiness at the highest level in the company’s history, this successful CMMI® Maturity Level 3 appraisal is reflective of Innovate!’s commitment to continuous process improvement and mature process implementation.

An appraisal at maturity level 3 indicates Innovate! is performing at a “defined” level. Our organization’s processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods. Our set of standard processes, which is the basis for maturity level 3, is established and improved over time.

Innovate Management’s demonstrated commitment to business and technical excellence and CMMI Maturity Level 3 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.”

“The CMMI® Services Level 3 rating is a distinction that clearly demonstrates to our customers that we are fully committed to process improvements that assure the delivery of superior product, system and service solutions. This maturity level is an important competitive differentiator on many government programs and is consistent with Innovate!’s culture of continuous improvement and commitment to delivery excellence,” Phill Thomas, Innovate’s CEO commented.

This widely recognized model, in use for ten years, has been the basis of over 21,000 appraisals in 100+ countries on all seven continents. Companies and organizations using this model have achieved performance excellence as measured by increased productivity, improved quality, better control of projects, reduced cycle time and decreased costs through using the CMMI to guide process improvement. Organizations typically report productivity improvements of 10-50% and a return on investment of 4:1 (cost savings realized vs. process improvement dollars invested).

The SCAMPI was conducted August 31-September 4, 2020 in accordance with the model described in the CMMI Institute’s publication Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI-SVC) for Services, version 1.3. The appraisal was based on the previously agreed to criterion of thoroughly examining 100% of the specific and generic goals and practices for Maturity Level 2 and 3 Process Areas. The SCAMPI team consisted of four trained team members in accordance with the CMMI Institute requirements for conducting a Class A SCAMPI. The members of the team were Dr. Richard Waina (MDM Certified Lead Appraiser), Tom Perkowitz and Bobby Jo Britt of Innovate and Judy Rexin and Nino Guidry of Integration Technologies Group.

“Innovate’s earning CMMI 3 in such a short period of time is due to all the processes and systems that our team had already been using.  It is a validation of the quality of work that is being done daily to deliver Innovate services to our valued clients,” noted Tom Perkowitz, Innovate Quality Manager.

About Innovate! Inc: More Than a Consulting Company

Innovate! delivers elite 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; scientific and technical experts; regulatory specialists; 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. www.InnovateTeam.com

Media Contact or for more information: Stacy Roux Business Development Manager, sroux@innovateteam.com 703.922.9090 x749; Innovate! Inc., 6189 Cobbs Road, Alexandria, VA 22310

About CMMI:

CMMI Institute www.cmminstitute.com 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!’s Sanitary Beach Survey Application Proudly Featured on NITAAC’s CIO-SP3 Solution Showcase

 

The NITAAC CIO-SP3 Solutions Showcase offers insight into the innovative quality Information Technology (IT) solutions that CIO-SP3 contract holders deliver. The Solutions Showcase serves as a newsfeed that highlights new approaches to today’s more complex IT challenges. Innovate is proud to be featured in this edition’s Solutions Showcase for our Sanitary Beach Survey Application.

To learn more, check out the the NITAAC CIO-SP3 Solutions Showcase Blog!

Innovate acknowledged by Esri as a partner in the ArcGIS Indoors Specialty

 August 19, 2020, Innovate! Inc. was certified by Esri as a partner in the ArcGIS Indoors Specialty. The ArcGIS Indoors Specialty designation is the newest provided by Esri following Innovate’s attainment of ArcGIS Release Ready, ArcGIS Online, Local Government, and Small Business that Innovate currently hold. Partners in the ArcGIS Indoors Specialty are recognized for their knowledge and expertise in indoor mapping for use in creating connected workspaces. Innovate is an Esri Silver partner and was awarded the 2020 Collaboration Partner of the Year award for work in support of the Department of Interior (DOI). 

On ArcGIS Indoors mapping is a unique platform of opportunity designed specifically for interior use. The implementation of ArcGIS mapping in the workspace allows for smart building management, whether it be one or multiple buildings. Within ArcGIS Indoors, users can view a building in multiple dimensions including levels and attributes within the structure. ArcGIS Indoors allows organizations to strategically organize and allocate their space to increase productivity and collaboration among coworkers. It is important for organizations to have a full understanding as to where assets reside (e.g. shipments’ status, up to date inspection records, etc.) which can easily be tracked using ArcGIS Indoors. 

ArcGIS Indoors also ensures an organization’s safety is top priority; it can help managers comply with social distancing and building capacity guidelines during COVID.  Indoors is structured to serve all kinds of employees in the workplace to ultimately analytically navigate through their day to day space. 

Innovate leverages Indoors to produce floor-aware maps using CAD, BIM, and site scans as well as other datasets. This capability enables Innovate to provide improved spatial management, as well as safe and productive workspace. Indoor mapping is taking Innovate’s services to the next level (literally). We cannot wait to share our new service expertise in ArcGIS Indoors with our clientele!

 

 

Innovate’s GroupLayerlist Widget for Esri WebApp Builder – Quick and Easy Access to Customized Groupings of Layers

Innovate’s Grouped Layerlist widget addresses a common issue faced within the geospatial community and by Esri WebApp Builder users; it enables customized groupings of layers. Users can quickly and easily view the specific information that they need to visualize. The Grouped Layerlist widget is a widget for utilization within Esri’s Web Application Builder. This widget provides a layerlist that can be organized by custom themes/groups (e.g. Transportation, Gas, Railroads, etc.). When the Grouped Layerlist widget is configured in the Web Application Builder, themes/groups can be created and layers within the web map associated with the application can be grouped into those themes. Each layer within a theme has options for changing the layer transparency, enable/disable popups, change layer symbology, view attribute table, and showing item details depending on the layer type.For example, if a user needed to see all the data relevant to railroads, the Developer could easily create a new group titled, “Railroad.” They would then select from the list of available layers in the map what layers are related to Railroads and save. Now, users could select the “Railroad” option in the Grouped Layerlist rather than manually selecting individual layers every time.

Over the past year Innovate has worked with World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Norway to make this new widget a reality. Thanks to the generosity of the WWF, we have been allowed to make this widget available to the Web AppBuilder community. Below is a link to a short video to demonstrate how the widget works. We have also created a public GitHub repository, so others in the community can use the code at no cost!

The video is accessible here!
The Github repository is accessible here!

For more information on this widget please contact us at: it@innovateteam.com. Have a great summer!

 

Innovate’s Frank Roberts and Michael Blair Present at the Esri Federal GIS Conference 2020

Mr. Michael Blair Presents at the 2020 Esri Federal GIS Conference

More than 5,000 attendees from across the geospatial industry including government thought leaders and GIS practitioners to commercial GIS innovators attended the Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, DC. The conference is dedicated to tackling GIS issues facing the federal government, showcasing advances in GIS technology, highlighting the latest tools, leveraging ArcGIS apps, and presenting ground- breaking projects.

Innovate’s Frank Roberts (Senior Geospatial/IT Project Manager) and Michael Blair (Geospatial/IT Project Manager) were selected to present alongside Esri staff at several professional development workshops. Our teammates were selected based on their subject matter expertise in the geospatial industry, bringing over 20 years of relevant experience. For each presentation, Innovate offered one of our federal government projects as an example of Esri technology in action. Frank and Michael presented across the following topics:

  • Sharing 3D Content and Apps: provides a use case of and lessons learned on sharing 3D data within ArcGIS Online
    Innovate Project: EPA – 3D California Central Basin Aquifer Visualization
  • Geocoding and Geoenrichment: the use of geocoding and geoenrichment to identify vulnerable locations to school-age populations via analysis of broadband availability
    Innovate Project: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) – GIS Professional Services
  • Distributed Collaboration: Sharing Data Across Systems: provides a use case of and lessons learned on sharing data across multiple organizations with ArcGIS Online
    Innovate Project: EPA and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) – Shared Space
  • Exploring Your Data with Smart Mapping: how to extend web mapping through the use of web application builder to develop a customized user focused web mapping application
    Innovate Project: Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) – GIS Support

Mr. Frank Roberts provides expertise during the Q&A portion of the, “Distributed Collaboration: Sharing Data Across Systems,” professional development workshop

Innovate! Volunteers Dive In Again for the Ocean Conservancy’s 33rd International Coastal Cleanup

Coastal Cleanup ResultsOctober 13 was the Ocean Conservancy’s 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). Each year, millions of tons of trash—including an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste—enter our oceans through rivers, waterways and beaches, injuring and killing wildlife, polluting coastlines, and even entering the food chain with the potential to harm human health. The annual International Coastal Cleanup goes a long way to dealing with this problem.

Since its launch on a single beach in Texas in 1986, the event now spans the globe, with 100 participating countries and hundreds of thousands of volunteers all committing to a single-day of practical environmental action – a beach cleanup. Over the last three decades, this yearly coastal cleanup has helped to remove a total of 250 million pounds (113 million kilograms) of trash from beach coastlines and waterways.

Last year alone almost 800,000 volunteers helped to collect 9.3 million kilograms (20.5 million pounds) of trash, much of it single-use disposable plastic.

ICC volunteersInnovate’s team was comprised of friends and family. Michele Carneiro, a Proposal Manager with Innovate, participated alongside her mother, husband, and mother-in-law.  “We participated in this event last year and it’s now a family tradition. It was really rewarding to watch my mom’s reaction when she saw all the plastics in the water, it lit a fire. We’re bringing a swimming pool skimmer next year to reach further along the coast!”

“I am frustrated by the lack of action to do better for the environment. This is our home and one of a kind – there is no ‘Plan B’ back-up planet. Events like the International Coastal Cleanup are a much-needed reminder that there are others that care. Every bit helps so thank you!”

Special thanks to the volunteers around the world who participated in the clean-up and to the Ocean Conservancy for organizing the effort!

Ocean Cleanup collageAs a “green” company Innovate! welcomes opportunities to participate in and to help bring awareness about our environment.  We take health and environmental issues to heart.  We sponsor a 501c (3) organization, the Global Cooling Network, globalcoolingnetwork.org, that works to preserve forested land in its natural undeveloped state. We design, develop, and implement systems and processes to monitor environmental risks. We also bring a global, analytical perspective to large-scale threats to human health.

We pride ourselves in being environmentally aware and knowing how we impact the world is indicative of how we live our lives.

 

 

Innovate! Inc. Honored at Esri FedGIS Conference as 2018 Innovation Partner

Innovate! recognized for our achievements in using Esri technology and The Science of Where to deliver on our client’s missions

Alexandria, VA—March 20, 2018—Innovate! Inc. was honored with a Federal Small Business Specialty (FSBS) Award during the Esri FedGIS Conference. Innovate! was named Esri’s 2018 Innovation Partner for our innovative usage of Esri technology in support of our client’s operations.  This award recognizes an Esri partner that excels at adopting Esri emerging technology and introducing a solution leveraging the ArcGIS Platform.  “At Innovate! Inc. we thrive on innovation, and we see “The Science of Where” as an essential component to innovation. We are delighted with our partnership with Esri; using Esri’s emerging technologies truly enables Innovate! to be on the forefront of innovation and solve our client’s most complex business needs,” noted Phill Thomas, Innovate!’s Chief Operating Officer.  We were recognized for our delivery of numerous applications based on Esri technology including a Floor Plan application for EPA Region 9, Data Management Tool (DMT) and many Web AppBuilder (WAB) for ArcGIS widgets such as our Enhanced StreetViewer Widget.

Innovate! stays on the forefront of Esri technology and has actively worked with Drone2Map, ArcGISPro, Survey123, Collector and StoryMaps with our current list of clients.  “At Innovate! we see ourselves as an Esri technical expert, so our job is to help our clients implement Esri’s core software applications, including the new ones!,” comments Frank Roberts, Innovate! Geospatial Director.

The EPA Region 9 Floor Plan application is a web-based tool that provides access to information about Region 9 people, places, and resources. It displays the current list of all Region 9 employees, including contractors, grantees, volunteers (if any), and other EPA and federal agency staff stationed in Region 9. It also provides detailed floor plans for each space at EPA Region 9 Headquarters, other regional offices and place-based individuals. There are many layers that can be turned on that offer details of resources and emergency information for the building. The application was built using ArcGIS API for JavaScript and ArcGIS Server.

The new DMT Innovate! developed leverages the backends of enterprise geodatabases in Microsoft SQL Server, ArcGIS for Server, and the ArcGIS Online API to harvest and relate features in all three Esri products. The system is deployed in each environment and automatically harvests the items in each enterprise geodatabase and relates these features to existing map service layers. Then, the metadata for all ArcGIS Online items is parsed to identify if they contain any of the Rest services. The application provides a searchable, sortable, user-friendly interface that not only relates all of the content, but checks for the existence of and completeness of related documentation, including hosting environment, metadata, unique identifiers, update cycles, and sharing settings. The application now serves as a live, single point of entry for all analysts in EPA Region 9 to find resources, and immediately identify their location, accuracy, and relevance. Users can also log issues, assign analysts to perform updates, and quickly and easily assess the state of the geospatial library at large.

Innovate Staff to Participate in Bay Area Workshop, 15-17 November 2017

Innovate scientists and communication staff with the Earth Observing Systems project, Sydney Neeley and Danielle Golon, will present and lead a workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area November 15-17, 2017.   

This event will feature products, tools, and services of the NASA Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center located at the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, near Sioux Falls, SD.   Among other topics, Neeley and Golon, will demonstrate how participants may use the Application of Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AppEEARS) to obtain and plot remotely sensed imagery, such as ASTER data.     The workshop below will be held on the campus of University of California -Berkeley. A broad range of participants from universities as well as Bay Area residents are expected to attend.

Innovate Volunteers Joined Hundreds of Thousands Worldwide during Ocean Conservancy’s 32nd International Coastal Cleanup

Hundreds of volunteers converged on Kingman Island to participate in the flagship event of Ocean Conservancy’s 32nd International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from local waterways, beaches, lakes and rivers. Armed with gloves and trash bags, volunteers recovered thousands of pounds of trash from along the Anacostia in Washington D.C., contributing to the more than 12 million volunteers who have removed more than 220 million pounds of trash since the first ICC more than three decades ago.

“Right now, all around the country and all around the world, hundreds of thousands of people are doing exactly what you are doing: they’re at their local beach, or river, or park; they are with family, or friends—or maybe they are making new friends; and they are rolling up their sleeves and taking action to keep the ocean clean,” said Ocean Conservancy CEO Janis Searles Jones in opening remarks. Noting Kingman Island’s proximity to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay, she added, “Make no mistake: every little piece of trash we collect and log here today is one less item threatening beloved ocean wildlife and communities.”

“If each of us can inspire just one person to either be a trash picker-upper or to reduce the amount of disposable and plastic items they use in their daily lives, we can prevent marine debris from even happening,” said Nicole LeBoeuf, Deputy Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, at the event. “We can fix this. This is a doable issue.”

In addition to removing thousands of pounds of trash from along the Anacostia River, volunteers contributed to the world’s largest database on marine debris by logging each trash item in Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell mobile app. Scientists, researchers, industry leaders and policymakers rely on Ocean Conservancy’s Ocean Trash Index to inform policy and determine solutions to the growing marine debris crisis.

Every year, millions of tons of trash—including an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste—flow into the ocean, entangling wildlife, polluting beaches, and costing coastal municipalities hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. Items like cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps and plastic straws are among the most-commonly collected items. They are also among the deadliest to wildlife like seabirds and sea turtles. Plastics—which never fully biodegrade but rather break up into smaller and smaller pieces called microplastics—are of concern. Scientists predict that without concerted global action, there could be one ton of plastic for every three tons of fin fish in the ocean by 2025.

Innovate’s team was comprised of peers, friends, and family. Joni Ecarma, a Manager on the Business Consulting team, participated alongside her mother and six year old daughter: “We charged together down a dirt hill; the ground seemed to be a clean and the view of the water seemed to be clear. But as we looked harder and took more steps through the bushes, we found bottles. Not just one or two. Dozens of plastic water bottles lined the ground, along with other trash. I looked up from the trash for a moment, to see my daughter holding five bottles and eyeing more. She was determined as ever to pick up all the trash she saw. I am thankful for my mother, for passing down her mutual love and concern for the planet to me. And I am inspired to see my daughter, with a mind of her own, pave the way for future generations to love and take care of our great planet.”

“This event was a giant reaffirmation that I am not alone in wanting to sustain the planet. It’s hard when you feel like not enough people care about something so important. Seeing all these volunteers picking up litter is an inspiration,” said Michele Carneiro, a Proposal Manager with Innovate.

Janaina Stanley, an Innovate Recruiter, shared her gratitude for the opportunity to be reminded of how much trash is washing up on our shores: “Living in DC where you don’t see Styrofoam as often or do your best to bring reusable bags, it’s easy to forget about the trash and litter polluting our waters. The event brought awareness, an opportunity to meet local people looking to make a difference as well and was a great workout! I’ll be looking forward to future events with our Innovate team and the Ocean Conservancy or other local organizations.”

Special thanks to all the volunteers across the world who participated in the clean-up and to the Ocean Conservancy for organizing the effort!

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Photos Courtesy of:  Joy Asico

Additional photos from the event can be found here, and are attributable to Ocean Conservancy/Joy Asico. For more information, visit oceanconservancy.org.

Innovate Staff at USGS EROS Provide Remotely Sensed Imagery in Support Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Three Innovate employees, Brenda Ellis, Brent Johnson, and Kathy Goodale, have worked many hours of overtime in recent weeks at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, near Sioux Falls, SD.  They have been working diligently to manage multiple activations of the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters to ensure that satellite capabilities from many countries are brought to bear.   These activations are providing past and present satellite data to support storm damage assessments and cleanup efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.   In addition to hurricanes impacting many Caribbean nations and the U.S., these three staff members also continue to support over 70 wildfires currently burning in the western U.S.

On behalf of the entire Innovate team, thank you for all your hard work!

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