|By PR Newswire||
|April 9, 2014 11:55 AM EDT||
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ServiceSource, a disability resource nonprofit headquartered in northern Virginia, will be opening the first disability resource center in the National Capital Area. The organization purchased a building in Oakton, Virginia, as the future home of the National Capital Area Disability Resource Center (DRC). This facility will expand Service Source's services, target specialized needs and improve programs through technology and strategic partnerships. Once renovations are complete, the DRC will serve as a national model of accessibility, sustainability and innovation for service people with disabilities.
The National Capital Area Disability Resource Center is a groundbreaking initiative that will serve as a new headquarters for ServiceSource and provide more programs for people with disabilities and their families in the region. Additionally, ServiceSource will continue to maintain other Service Centers strategically located within communities where services and resources are most needed.
The National Capital Area Disability Resource Center in Oakton will house several new programs:
- Education and Disability Employment Institute—a multi-faceted educational and activities based program that provides computer-skills training, employment training and innovative entrepreneurial activities along with health and wellness fitness programs, and creative arts.
- One-stop Employment Resource Center—drop-in job placement center where individuals seeking employment have access to online databases and job support guidance in seeking employment with third-party employers. Job programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals with disabilities, including those with autism spectrum disorders, and veterans who have disabilities through ServiceSource's Warrior Bridge program.
- Community Services Suite—designed to be a resource drop-in center for individuals, family members and the community at large. One such resource is ServiceSource's Family Support Net program that provides direct supports and information sharing for individuals with disabilities and their caregivers.
"The Disability Resource Center will ensure that people have the services and supports they need to be active and integral members of their communities," said Janet Samuelson, President and CEO, ServiceSource Inc. "ServiceSource's 40 plus year history in providing employment and other supports allows us to greatly expand services where they are most needed through the creation of this facility and the innovative programs it will house."
ServiceSource has launched a $15 million Capital Campaign to raise money for the creation of the DRC, including renovations to the main campus building and future satellite service centers. With 100 percent participation from its leadership—including Board of Directors, Foundation Trustees, Cabinet leadership and senior staff—ServiceSource has raised $4 million in payments and pledge commitments.
Additionally, Peterson Companies demonstrated their support of the DRC vision by working collaboratively with ServiceSource in the sale of the building. "After touring a ServiceSource location in Chantilly, I was struck by the incredible work they do throughout the region to support people with disabilities. We felt it was more important to work with them on a final price that would enable them to continue their good works and expand their service offerings than it was to push the market value envelope," explained Jon Peterson, Principal of Peterson Companies. "We know they are going to be a tremendous resource to the community and wish them much success."
ServiceSource is expected to close on the building in Oakton in April, with renovations set to begin shortly thereafter. The DRC is expected to be up and running and accessible to the public beginning in January 2015.
ServiceSource (ServiceSource.org) is a leading nonprofit disability resource organization established in 1971 that serves more than 15,700 people with disabilities in nine states through a range of innovative and valued employment, training, habilitation, housing and other support services. ServiceSource directly employs more than 1,500 individuals with disabilities, making it one of the largest employers of people with disabilities nationwide.
Since 2008 and for the first time in history, more than half of humans live in urban areas, urging cities to become “smart.” Today, cities can leverage the wide availability of smartphones combined with new technologies such as Beacons or NFC to connect their urban furniture and environment to create citizen-first services that improve transportation, way-finding and information delivery. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Laetitia Gazel-Anthoine, CEO of Connecthings, will focus on successful use c...
May. 22, 2015 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,631
The recent trends like cloud computing, social, mobile and Internet of Things are forcing enterprises to modernize in order to compete in the competitive globalized markets. However, enterprises are approaching newer technologies with a more silo-ed way, gaining only sub optimal benefits. The Modern Enterprise model is presented as a newer way to think of enterprise IT, which takes a more holistic approach to embracing modern technologies.
May. 22, 2015 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 5,785
DevOps Summit, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long developmen...
May. 22, 2015 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,991
Security can create serious friction for DevOps processes. We've come up with an approach to alleviate the friction and provide security value to DevOps teams. In her session at DevOps Summit, Shannon Lietz, Senior Manager of DevSecOps at Intuit, will discuss how DevSecOps got started and how it has evolved. Shannon Lietz has over two decades of experience pursuing next generation security solutions. She is currently the DevSecOps Leader for Intuit where she is responsible for setting and driv...
May. 22, 2015 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,679
The explosion of connected devices / sensors is creating an ever-expanding set of new and valuable data. In parallel the emerging capability of Big Data technologies to store, access, analyze, and react to this data is producing changes in business models under the umbrella of the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular within the Insurance industry, IoT appears positioned to enable deep changes by altering relationships between insurers, distributors, and the insured. In his session at @Things...
May. 22, 2015 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,447
“Oh, dev is dev and ops is ops, and never the twain shall meet.” With apoloies to Rudyard Kipling and all of his fans, this describes the early state of the two sides of DevOps. Yet the DevOps approach is demanded by cloud computing, as the speed, flexibility, and scalability in today's so-called “Third Platform” must not be hindered by the traditional limitations of software development and deployment. A recent report by Gartner, for example, says that 25% of Global 2000 companies will b...
May. 22, 2015 05:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,591
Software-driven innovation is becoming a primary approach to how businesses create and deliver new value to customers. A survey of 400 business and IT executives by the IBM Institute for Business Value showed businesses that are more effective at software delivery are also more profitable than their peers nearly 70 percent of the time (1). DevOps provides a way for businesses to remain competitive, applying lean and agile principles to software development to speed the delivery of software that ...
May. 22, 2015 05:45 AM EDT Reads: 6,243
Big Data is amazing, it's life changing and yes it is changing how we see our world. Big Data, however, can sometimes be too big. Organizations that are not amassing massive amounts of information and feeding into their decision buckets, smaller data that feeds in from customer buying patterns, buying decisions and buying influences can be more useful when used in the right way. In their session at Big Data Expo, Ermanno Bonifazi, CEO & Founder of Solgenia, and Ian Khan, Global Strategic Positi...
May. 22, 2015 05:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,174
JFrog on Thursday announced that it has added Docker support to Bintray, its distribution-as-a-service (DaaS) platform. When combined with JFrog’s Artifactory binary repository management system, organizations can now manage Docker images with an end-to-end solution that supports all technologies. The new version of Bintray allows organizations to create an unlimited number of private Docker repositories, and through the use of fast Akamai content delivery networks (CDNs), it decreases the dow...
May. 22, 2015 05:30 AM EDT Reads: 3,107
More organizations are embracing DevOps to realize compelling business benefits such as more frequent feature releases, increased application stability, and more productive resource utilization. However, security and compliance monitoring tools have not kept up and often represent the single largest remaining hurdle to continuous delivery. In their session at DevOps Summit, Justin Criswell, Senior Sales Engineer at Alert Logic, Ricardo Lupo, a Solution Architect with Chef, will discuss how to ...
May. 22, 2015 05:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,866
Over the last few years the healthcare ecosystem has revolved around innovations in Electronic Health Record (HER) based systems. This evolution has helped us achieve much desired interoperability. Now the focus is shifting to other equally important aspects - scalability and performance. While applying cloud computing environments to the EHR systems, a special consideration needs to be given to the cloud enablement of Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), i.e....
May. 22, 2015 05:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,859
17th Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises a...
May. 22, 2015 05:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,057
One of the biggest impacts of the Internet of Things is and will continue to be on data; specifically data volume, management and usage. Companies are scrambling to adapt to this new and unpredictable data reality with legacy infrastructure that cannot handle the speed and volume of data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and president of Infobright, will discuss how companies need to rethink their data infrastructure to participate in the IoT, including: Data storage: Understand...
May. 22, 2015 05:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,188
Thanks to Docker, it becomes very easy to leverage containers to build, ship, and run any Linux application on any kind of infrastructure. Docker is particularly helpful for microservice architectures because their successful implementation relies on a fast, efficient deployment mechanism – which is precisely one of the features of Docker. Microservice architectures are therefore becoming more popular, and are increasingly seen as an interesting option even for smaller projects, instead of bein...
May. 22, 2015 05:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,163
The truth is, today’s databases are anything but agile – they are effectively static repositories that are cumbersome to work with, difficult to change, and cannot keep pace with application demands. Performance suffers as a result, and it takes far longer than it should to deliver new features and capabilities needed to make your organization competitive. As your application and business needs change, data repositories and structures get outmoded rapidly, resulting in increased work for applica...
May. 22, 2015 04:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,515