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GCOM Acquires Government Data Analytics Startup Qlarion

Qlarion, which made some waves with an opioid epidemic-focused project with the state of Virginia, is joining GCOM in a move indicative of its push toward diversification in its gov tech services.

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The gov tech company GCOM has acquired Qlarion, a data analytics and business intelligence startup focused on the public sector.

The deal — GCOM’s fifth acquisition in the past three years — is indicative of the company’s increasingly diversified approach. The company has long focused on systems integration, consulting and other IT services in the public sector. But it now offers software solutions for welfare benefits, justice and public safety and business licensing, among other things.

Qlarion offers a variety of data services to the public sector, including business intelligence software and a solution meant to help disparate agencies share data with each other. One of its most high-profile projects has been the multi-agency Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation platform in Virginia, where the state worked with local government and nongovernment entities to share data about the opioid epidemic.

The National Association of State CIOs recognized the project as part of its State IT awards last year.

"Liberating data will enable governments, at all levels, to make more informed decisions, creating better outcomes for their constituents," said Kamal Bherwani, GCOM’s CEO, in a press release. "Qlarion's analytics will amplify GCOM's mission to support our government partners to improve population well-being, promote equity and drive economic growth."

GCOM plans on working Qlarion’s data analytics capabilities into its software, according to the statement.

GCOM has customers in 22 states and has backing from the investment firms Sagewind Capital and Bagnols Family Office Investment Partners.