Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) Washington, DC
Technology Solutions Office
The Technology Solutions Office (TSO) of the Administrative Office (AO) of the United States Courts (AOUSC) is responsible for creating technology solutions that create business process and workflow efficiencies for the US Courts.
In 2015, the AOUSC requested our services to design and develop custom enterprise solutions and to architect the TSO's transition to the cloud.
We designed and developed three enterprise solutions that are the authoritative sources for their managed information, both solutions were designed to consume and publish web services to/from other AOUSC and Judiciary systems.
We also helped implement DevOps policy, procedures and tools to deliver integrated unit testing, continuous integration and delivery to the TSO’s development environment. I also integrated Docker containers into TSO’s development environment to reduce the cost and maintenance of dedicated servers and VMs and to create an on-demand development environment.
We are also the TSO's lead solution architects and designers of the AO onto Microsoft's FedRAMP certified cloud environment. This work has included:
- designing the cloud framework
- security architecture
- migration planning from on-premise to cloud
- capacity planning
- governance processes and
- the creation of demo-ware demonstrating the technologies and capabilities of the cloud
- the design and development of a SharePoint Online intranet for the AO and the Judiciary
- the assessment of Office 365 applications for inclusion in the cloud vs. business owner requirements
Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program
The Missile Defense Agency's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are the fourth largest in the Department of Defense. The agency's focus for the SBIR and STTR programs is to pursue technologies that could spur a revolutionary leap or enhancement, decrease the time required to transform them into actual applications for insertion into the Ballistic Missile Defense System, and benefit from commercialization of the technology.
In 2010, the Missile Defense Agency requested our services to redesign and develop a new Online Management Portal (OMP3), while providing support for the existing legacy OMP2 during the transition. The design of OMP required extensive knowledge of the business processes and workflows involved throughout the solicitation development and execution cycle. Areas of expertise include: topic development, topic review and approval cycles, meeting the requirements and schedule for producing government solicitations, management of vendor responses and their review and approval cycles, selection/non-selected notification processes and the preparedness for the occasional award protest.
For 42 months (3.5 years) we met MDA's development requirements and the congressionally mandated solicitation schedules so SBIR/STTR solicitations could be developed and executed using the OMP3. Our focus on understanding the business and workflow processes and our years of experience developing enterprise solutions produced a global solution for the MDA SBIR/STTR programs.
Visa, Inc. Ashburn, VA
We are particularly proud of the work performed for Visa, we were tasked with challenging requirements and given the latitude to be creative in building solutions that were several years ahead of the industry.
DataCenter Infrastructure and Critical Environments
Visa's Data Center Infrastructure and Critical Environments (DICE) group is responsible to innovate and develop prototype software solutions. Their business requirements require the use of leading-edge technologies, proposed industry standards and their integration on a variety of computing operating systems and form factors. Upon completion of development, solutions are released internally for proof-of-concept testing and business process and workflow efficiencies. Successful solutions can be deployed to support internal and global operations.
Internet Document Management System (IDMS)
In 2007, DICE procured our services to design, develop and integrate the Intranet Document Management System (DICE-IDMS) to support Visa's international business groups and data centers.
The project objective was to create IDMS as a custom app using SharePoint 2007. IDMS would support Visa's 32 business groups, provide internal review and approval cycles for newly created documents, track major and minor revisions and provide a 6 or 12 month reminder to review documents to be compliant with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) requirements.
Another function of the IDMS is to provide VISA data center technicians a central library of maintenance procedures that is easily accessible via laptop or hand-held devices, to insure that installations and maintenance procedures are performed correctly, the procedures are presented using a step-by-step wizard presentation that requires successful completion of the existing step before progressing to the next step. This style of interface improves the quality control and efficiency of service calls.
In 2008, IDMS was deployed globally on the Visa intranet.
Touch-based Application (TA)
In 2010, DICE procured our services again to design a light-weight touch-based application (TA) that would serve as a web portal with easy access to the various IT services used in DICE's data centers world wide, while providing global administrative support of the application.
The project objective was to develop a light-weight web-based app with a touch-based user interface that would simplify the access to the various IT resources used in the Visa data centers globally. IT resources could be configured by an administrator anywhere in the world with real-time availability. The TA was designed to support mobile computing devices, including: laptops, tablets, and smart phones.
In 2011, the TA was deployed globally on the Visa intranet.
NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center's Delta Project and Advanced Manufacturing Branch procured our services for the design, development, and integration of managed software systems. Each system was designed to increase the efficiency of its corresponding project by integrating industry-standard information technologies, creating more efficient and productive business workflow. One of the primary goals in all of our systems is to incorporate business intelligence dashboards that generate and analyze critical business processes in real-time.
The Delta Project
The Delta Project was one of NASA's most successful rocket programs. The Delta Project hired Alpha MicroDesigns to design and develop the Orbital Launch Services Project Management System (OLS/PMS), which included the datastore design schema and the consumption of legacy data from disparate data sources (mainframes, micro-computers, PC-based databases, and file systems). The OLS/PMS not only managed the critical day-to-day requirements and responsibilities within the project, but also closely monitored pending rocket launches for components within each rocket that may have malfunctioned in current launches, providing engineers time to test, fix and/or replace the component or adjust the launch date to insure mission success.
Advanced Manufacturing Branch
NASA’s Advanced Manufacturing Branch (AMB), is the group within NASA responsible for the manufacturing of parts and components that support all the space shuttle missions. Since 2004, I designed, developed, and integrated a procurement and acquisition system that not only managed the AMB group, but also the 100+ vendors that are used in support of AMB. The system was designed to provide real-time analysis of any job (on-site or off-site), to comply with the government’s Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) for vendor jobs, to assess and score a vendor’s ability to deliver quality products on time, and to provide AMB management analysis tools that are flexible, powerful and easy to use to generate performance analysis reports.
U.S. Department of Justice Washington, DC
The Justice Management Division
Alpha MicroDesigns architected and developed the Justice Records Control Schedule (JRCS), a web-based enterprise intranet application that supports the 43 business components and their underlying offices within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
The U.S. Government requires each office to maintain a schedule of the documents that are generated each calendar year, each document is required to be “processed” per government guidelines for retention and destruction policies. At the end of each calendar year, each office is required by law to submit their records schedule to the National Archives. The goal of JRCS is to provide Records Administrators the tools to maintain the library of the Record Series that have been authorized by the National Archives and to provide Records Managers a tool for the creation and maintenance of their office File Plans. The system was designed to comply with U.S. federal government and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) requirements for transparency and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.