Go Code Colorado Open Data Effort is going into its final weeks

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States all-around have gotten into Open Data movements. Colorado has as well, and their recent Go Code Colorado effort is a very unique entry into this foray ( http://gocode.colorado.gov/)

Go Code Colorado was created to help Colorado companies grow, by giving them better and more usable access to public data. Teams will compete to build business apps, creating tools that Colorado businesses actually need, making our economy stronger.


The following is a great video that summarizes the event as produced by the State and one of Xentity’s colleagues, Engine7 Media.

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Xentity is very proud to be supporting this innovative Government Solution

Xentity was awarded IT consulting support for the the Business Intelligence Center platform and data catalog which supports the now branded Go Code Colorado initiative. Xentity’s consultants have provided the data and technology resources to manage and advise the publication of public sector data to the Colorado Information Marketplace and to provide technical support developers who participate in the Challenge. 

Xentity primarily has provided data platform support. We have provided data readiness analysis, data architecture guidance, project management, and the data analysts to “wrangle” the data (aka ETL) to get the datasets onto the platform. We also have provided the IT and data support on-site at the multiple locations and events to assure the challenge participants and finalists are getting the support they need to be successful in accessing and using the data and services. Finally, we are supporting the technical review of applications to assure these applications can have a life beyond the “hackathon” stage.

The final stages are coming the first 10 days of May. The 10 finalists have proven to demonstrate very viable solutions to achieve the goal of helping make our economy stronger. 

Some more background and detail on how we got here

(The following is from the State as guidance to this effort)


Colorado government agencies possess large volumes of public business and economic data. This data can help businesses with strategic planning, but it exists in so many different places and formats making it difficult for that most businesses to use it. The Secretary of State’s office will address this problem through the creation of the Business Intelligence Center (BIC). BIC seeks to aggregate and analyze data available to the business community.

This effort is led by the Colorado Secretary of State. The Secretary of State’s office interacts with hundreds of thousands of business entities, charities, and nonprofits in the state. The Secretary of State’s office collects, manages, and disseminates large amounts of basic data about those organizations and wanted to make the data useful to Colorado businesses. 

The Department sought to make this data more useful and collaborated with the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado to publish the Quarterly Business and Economic Indicator Report. This report combines Department data with other economic data collected by he Leeds School to provide meaningful economic information to the business community. For instance, new business filings are a leading indicator of job creation. With this and other information provided in the report, the business community can make smarter decisions that will grow the Colorado economy.

Since first publishing the report in 2012, the Secretary of State received comments from many members of the business community asking to see more detailed data regarding economic trends 
in order to better understand the distribution of commerce in Colorado. This includes access to the location, size, vibrancy, and concentration of key business nodes. While this level of detail would be tremendously helpful, the Department cannot provide the information because multiple state agencies collect the desired data and it is not readily available in a common place  or even a common format.

A central data collection point is needed. During meetings with other government agencies, Department staff concluded that these data requests could be met by aggregating all the information spread throughout various agencies and databases into a single tool by breaking down agency silos and better cataloging existing resources. Department staff also concluded that access and availability to the data is not enough. In order to make the raw data useful to the vast majority of business owners, data analysis and visualization tools are needed. These conclusions led to the Business Intelligence Center project.

The Business Intelligence Center consists of a centralized data catalog that combines public data into a meaningful tool for businesses. 

The vision for this project is two-fold. First, it consolidates public data relevant to businesses on a single platform. Second, it gives business the tools to make the data useful. The second goal is 
achieved through a civic apps challenge—the Colorado Business Innovation Challenge—that will give financial incentives to the technology community to build web and mobile applications that use state and other data to solve existing business challenges.

The data platform is akin to an information clearing house. It will make data sources currently dispersed over multiple government departments and agencies accessible in a common location. 
This platform will offer Colorado businesses unprecedented access to public data that is validated and relevant to short and long-term needs. Besides enhancing businesses’ access to state data, the BIC will also contribute to economic growth. The creation of the BIC will make data available to all Colorado businesses at no additional cost. Currently only large entities with the time, staff, and budget to engage in detailed statistical analysis can use these data sets. Providing this data to every type and size business in Colorado provides a unique opportunity to contribute to economic development. The BIC will nurture key industry networks and lay the foundation for a digital infrastructure that will continue to expand and improve over time.

The Colorado Business Innovation Challenge is an innovative way to create solutions and ensure the BIC is useful to Colorado businesses.

Simply making the data available is insufficient to most business owners. To truly help the vast majority of businesses—especially small businesses—tools must be developed to present the data in a useful and consumable form. Normally government agencies develop tools to fill this information vacuum, but historically the government has not been successful developing highly useful and effective tools. A new approach is needed—that approach is the Colorado Business Innovation Challenge.

Modeled after a “civ apps” challenge that has been run in multiple cities across the United States and internationally, the Challenge presents the software development community with problem 
questions and then asks that community to create possible solutions. At the end of the challenge, the Secretary of State will license the most innovative and implementable web or mobile application. The best design will receive a contract with the Secretary of State to make the application available to the public on the Business Intelligence Center platform. The Department will also pursue partnerships with the Colorado technology and startup industry to provide additional incentives, such as mentoring, hosting, and office space to the Challenge winners. The long-term intent of the program is to not only create an environment for fostering community involvement through the Challenge, but to develop sustainable tools that are  developed in the Challenge.

2013 Year in Review

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2013 was definitely a very fluid year for Xentity. Mostly, directly adjusting to the impacts of the Federal Government instability caused by sequester, shutdown, and lingering impacts of debt ceiling and fiscal cliff budget impacts. As a large part of Xentity services helps Federal clients look at longer term investment, when you have a year where it is hard for Federal programs look much beyond a few months, those services were definitely of lower utilization. It is a shame, from a citizen perspective, to know our Federal clients are limited in capability to improve, enhance, and become more efficient for the long term, but 2014 is already shaping to be looking more on focus for those goals. 

That said, Xentiy hit several milestones this year:

Diversified into more State Government services – In previous years, Xentity has supported Healthcare information solutions in New York, or staff have supported IT Transformations adapt business transformation methods in Virginia, but in 2013, Xentity was awarded two prime contracts in Colorado for opendata competitions and transformation services contracts

Xentity served over 30 clients in 2013 with over 25 staff for all Services for clients ranging from:

  • Government Clients: DOI, multiple USGS programs, EPA, CDC, VA, NARA, multiple State of Colorado programs, NPS
  • Commercial Clients: Intrawest, Cloudbilt, reVision, Inc., LVI Services, Inc., Black Tusk Group, Center for Professional Development, Soaring Eagle, Synergy Staffing, Raytheon, Sky Research, Inc., Skyline Reclamation, Solidyn, SPEC, TriHydro, Vexcel, Winningham Forest Mgmt
  • Prime Contractors: IBM, PPC, PhaseOne Consulting Group, TomTom, SRA

Xentity staff worked in over 12 major geographic Locations including GA, NC, CO, MA, TX, AK, DC, VA, WI, NY, WA, NV including 5 new states (GA, NC, CO, MA, TX) as well as Canada and Australia bringing Xentity services to total of 4 countries supported (US, Canada, Australia, and Indonesia)

Xentity has been awarded more Government-wide Access vehicles and Schedules totaling seven vehicles including: GSA MOBIS, GSA IT Schedule 70, DOI Foundational Cloud Hosting Services GWAC, USGS-wide Architecture Services IDIQ, State of Colorado wide Transformation Services IDIQ, CIO-SP3 via PPC, and our 8(a) Sole Source Access.

Xentity has held information sharing sessions and participated in industry-wide activities with Australian Geospatial Mapping programs and ACT-IAC Smart Lean Government.

Xentity`s active Large BusinessSmall Business, and Academia active agreements now totaling over 50 adding ten (10) new partners

Xentity received accolades from Xentity makes the Hispanic Business Top 500 List – again as well as Xentity recognized on CIO Review list for Most Promising Government Technology Solution and Consulting Providers 2013. In addition our staff presented and received recognition at the  E-Gov Institute’s Annual Enterprise Architecture Conference.

All in all, though 2013 was fluid as noted, we were very excited to provided our transformational services to more clients, with more partners, in more locations than ever before. We look forward to 2014 to continued impact for our clients.

Xentity awarded IT IDIQ from State of Colorado

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The State of Colorado’s Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has awarded to Xentity an IDIQ Master Agreement for business services

This master task order contract (MATOC) is a result of an award under RFP-001-JG-14 for Computer Programming, Consulting Services, and Business Services involving Cloud Solutions. 

In the Fall of 2013, The State of Colorado’s Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) sought proposals to identify Implementation Services (“Implementers”) for business services involving cloud solutions by Salesforce.com, Google, and Perceptive Software (Perceptive), and other emerging technologies. 

  • The award is for an Enterprise Agreement, as a multi-contract award IDIQ
  • base period of 5 years and 5 consecutive 1-year renewal options
  • an initial $10 million maximum contract amount/ceiling.  
  • Task orders can be issued by multiple sponsoring state agencies.

Xentity has previously won and supported contracts for the State of Colorado with the Department of State and has worked closely with the Office of Information Technology.

Xentity’s Services can be ordered from any of the Colorado Agencies via this contract

Scope Include:

  • Task Order Technical Management
  • Agile Project Management
  • Solution Architecture
  • Architecture & Governance Support
  • Cloud Solution Development / Database Support
  • Portal & Development/Database Support
  • Application Development Support
  • Quality Assurance / Customer Support
  • Transition Support
  • Disaster Recovery/COOP Participation
  • Best Practice Group Support/Participation
  • Outreach Strategy and Support

Positions include: Project Manager, Technical Consultants, Architects, Architecture Analysts, Management Analysts, Solution Architects, Enterprise Architects, and Communications specialists for Branding, communications, design, and strategy 

More to come on how to access Xentity services off this contract.


Xentity makes the Hispanic Business Top 500 List – again

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For 2012, Xentity Corporation has been ranked again in the Hispanic Business Top 500. Xentity jumped 18 places to #466 and is 1 of 8 from Colorado and only company in Golden. In 2011, there were only 10 companies in Colorado, and only Xentity based in Golden, Colorado on this list.

This list has been tracking and ranking Hispanic Businesses for 30 years. As noted on HispanicBusiness.com, Hispanic Business research staff gathered data for the listing of the 500 largest Hispanic-owned companies in the United States from a company profile form returned by the companies themselves. Companies included in the 500 must show at least 51 percent ownership by Hispanic U.S. citizens, and must maintain headquarters in one of the 50 states or Washington, D.C. Principals must be U.S. citizens. Companies must submit revenue figures based on line 1(c) of their corporate/partnership tax return. The revenue figure must be submitted on a signed form verified by the CEO, CFO, or a CPA representing the company. 

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