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November 2, 2020

Applied Insight Honored for Second Year by Government Innovation Awards, Wins in 2020 for SHIFT™, Its Cloud Emulation and Testing Platform



Applied Insight, a market leader in solving complex technology challenges for federal government customers, announced today that it has received the Industry Innovator Award for its SaaS/PaaS emulation and testing platform SHIFT as part of the 2020 Government Innovation Awards presented by PublicSector360, including Washington Technology, FCW, GCN and Defense Systems. The award recognizes the groundbreaking nature of SHIFT, which is used by government and commercial customers to develop, test and remediate software prior to deploying it in the classified regions of government clouds. This is the second consecutive year that Applied Insight has won this prestigious award. Last year, the company was recognized for its innovative cloud management platform, Altitude.

“We are pleased that SHIFT has been recognized as an Industry Innovator,” said Dede Dascalu, CEO of Applied Insight. “There has long been a shortage of software engineers who have the right clearances for national security missions. SHIFT is not only addressing this problem by enabling low-side development, it is also speeding the delivery of modern, mission-critical software to our customers.”

Air-gapped and restricted regions of government clouds come with multiple technical nuances that require additional configuration to software products built for commercial use. When commercial software is brought into these special cloud regions, these technical differences result in numerous errors and require several additional deployment cycles. SHIFT is a SaaS/PaaS platform that emulates restricted cloud regions and their systems, so development and implementation teams can configure and test their software prior to deployment. In doing so, SHIFT greatly reduces time and costs by nearly eliminating rework and reconfigurations. In just the first six months of 2020, SHIFT helped identify and remediate more than 5.5 million errors for its customers.

“The development of differentiated intellectual property has always been a central pillar of Acacia’s investment approach,” said Gavin Long, partner of The Acacia Group, the sponsor of Applied Insight as a unique, technology-focused, government market platform established in 2017. “Our federal businesses continue to create game-changing technologies that are having a massive impact on the success of customer missions. That Applied Insight now has two award-winning technologies in its product portfolio is great recognition for the team’s technical brilliance. We couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve achieved and will continue to invest in their product development capabilities.”

The Government Innovation Awards celebrate the transformative government projects, individual change agents and industry partners that are reimagining public-sector IT. The Industry Innovator awards recognize private-sector companies’ vital role in the government IT community. Due to COVID-19, there will be no in-person awards gala this year. Instead, winners and innovations can be found online.
About Applied Insight

At Applied Insight, we deliver pragmatic solutions for federal missions that cannot wait. We work closely with agencies and industry to overcome technical and cultural hurdles to innovation, empowering them with the latest cloud, data and cyber capabilities. Our solutions help people work better, faster and more securely – no matter where they are. To learn more about us, visit or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About The Acacia Group

The Acacia Group is a team of operational investors with a long track record in the U.S. technology and services markets. We see value in technologies that enable people to collaborate in sustaining our society, from our security and economy, to our institutions and infrastructure. We invest in entrepreneurs who share that mission, bringing the capital, experience and relationships to enable them to take their business to new heights. For more information, please visit The Acacia Group or follow us on LinkedIn.

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