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AEM Providing Open Source Solutions for the Government

Federal agencies are faced with increasing costs, budget reductions, and a presidential mandate for the government to be participative, collaborative, and transparent.  Agencies struggle to easily assimilate, manage, maintain, and present information to its various constituents.  Historically, proprietary vendor-based solutions limit the government’s ability to integrate and innovate.  Information is typically spread across multiple programs and systems integrators making the seamless transparent sharing of this data near impossible.  Now more than ever, wasting money on expensive, proprietary systems infrastructures is just not an option.  President Obama has embraced the Open Source Software (OSS) movement and engaged ex-Sun CEO Scott McNealy to prepare a paper for the Obama administration on how open source technologies are the key to a more secure and more efficient government.

Success Story.  A federal agency engaged AEM Corporation’s Vizuri Division to assist in the development of a comprehensive portal design to be used by agency employees worldwide.  The existing environment had proven costly and inefficient. The agency needed an integrated, standards-based approach to unify IT systems worldwide.  AEM an early leader in the adoption and assimilation of Professional Open Source Strategies, selected the JBoss Portal Platform to achieve this goal.  Establishing a Portal Platform based on industry standards, along with open source visibility, provided the agency with great confidence that legacy and custom developed applications would be integrated seamlessly as part of the overall solution.  To provide easier user access and enhanced security, AEM designed and developed an integrated DoD Common Access Card (CAC) authentication within the JBoss Portal utilizing Oracle’s Identity Management (IdM) with PKI that provides single sign-on (SSO) to users.  As a true open source advocate, AEM contributed back the CAC PKI integration, which has become part of the default JBoss Portal offering.

Why Open Source?  Open Source solutions are vital to organization’s success by providing transparency that enables groups to work effectively and with a strategic mission to standardize and enable next-generation systems positioned for growth.  With Open Source, organizations can:

  • Reduce overall costs – More cost-effective than competing proprietary systems. 
  • Eliminate licensing fees – Provide reinvestment towards more highly valued tasks.
  • Leverage industry standards – Build on proven secure industry features.
  • Increase User Adoption – Provide friendly administrative and end user interfaces. 
  • Lower Development Costs – Allows for your development team to exchange ideas within the “open source community” and utilize best of breed features and functionality therefore decreasing development hours. 
  • Decrease in development time – Open source developers can apply the best technology to meet the agency’s immediate needs.

Why AEM?   AEM is positioned to support the government's growing demand for Open Source solutions.  We have many success stories providing open source solutions for our government customers.  These successes are as a result of our proven practices and methodologies.  An important factor to our methodology is working with other "best of breed" partners to craft the right solution for our customer.  This belief has led us to form several key strategic partnerships; some of these partnerships include:
    • Red Hat
    • JBoss
    • Alfresco
    • EnterpiseDB

Click here to read more about these partnerships.

Also, read below for AEM’s expertise in Open Source solutions.

More recently, AEM was the winner of the 2009 Red Hat Summit Innovation Award for “Outstanding Open Source Architecture”, which recognizes the use of both Red Hat and JBoss with related partner offerings to create innovative architectures based on open source solution and named the 2009 “JBoss Innovator of the Year”.  Learn more

AEM’s Division, Vizuri, was an Associate Sponsor at the Red Hat Summit in Chicago, Sept 1-4, 2009. 

Doug Schnelzer, Vizuri Chief Technologist, presented "Using JBoss Seam to go from Stove-Piped Apps to an Integrated Web 2.0 Platform" at JBoss World during Red Hat Summit. 

February 2009 – JBoss MASS Project (Migration Assistance) Project Announced, Vizuri Founding Member & Contributor.  Learn more

2009 JBoss Virtual Experience – Vizuri was a Sponsor and Joe Dickman Panelist.  Learn more

2008 JBoss Federal Users Conference.  Joe Dickman,  Key Note Speaker, "Steps to a Successful SOA Business Strategy".  Doug Schnelzer, Session Breakout, "Solving Real World Problems with JBoss Enterprise Application Platform".  Learn more

CIO Forum and Executive IT Summit – May 2008.  "Reducing Cost and Complexity with Virtualization" - Joe Dickman Panelist.  Learn more

JBoss World 2006 – JEMS in Government – Doug Schnelzer Presenter.  Learn more 

AEM named "FIRST" Federal JBoss Certified Systems Integrator – May 2005.  Learn more