By absorbing the expertise of a company focused on IT infrastructure and managed services, GCOM intends to help government customers set up unified, virtual-ready networks to handle future demands.
The New York-based systems integration company GCOM has acquired the IT services firm 20/20 Teknology, the latest of several acquisitions or partnerships by gov tech companies this fall aimed at helping governments minimize their reliance on brick-and-mortar facilities.
Founded in 2005, GCOM helps state and local governments update and integrate their IT systems for licensing and permitting, public health, public safety, vital records and cybersecurity. A news release on Monday said its acquisition of 20/20 Teknology, which has focused on IT infrastructure and managed services for the private sector, is supposed to help GCOM set up IT systems for government customers that aren’t siloed in different departments and can accommodate virtual communications and remote work.
“At the heart of next-generation government is the foundation of a strong, resilient network that can scale quickly and securely,” said GCOM CEO Kamal Bherwani in the statement. “Through our acquisition of 20/20 Teknology, widely reputed as the ‘Navy SEALs of networks,’ we aim to enhance our infrastructure and virtual communications offerings — as well as our IT infrastructure and managed services solutions — to help our combined customers seamlessly meet their growing technology needs. 20/20 Teknology’s customers can expect even greater support and capabilities from the combination.”
According to Crunchbase, 20/20 Teknology is GCOM’s third acquisition in three years, after Three Sigma Software in November 2018 and the technology consultant Gantech in June 2019. The news release said the 20/20 Teknology team will continue working out of their office in Ashburn, Va.
The combination of these two companies, a gov tech regular and an IT services provider for the private sector, fits a recent pattern of gov tech companies bolstering products to help their clients operate outside the office, such as for digital services and remote work. In the last two months, the digital payment company PayIt expanded with its first headquarters in Canada; Accela partnered with OpenCities to help governments create online portals for various services, and with Forte to improve its handling of digital payments; the digital document company Kofile bought SeamlessDocs for its online services platform; and Granicus acquired the digital services platform Calytera.
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