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Symbolic Systems, Inc. supports milSuite in award for outstanding achievement
Friday, 21 October 2011 16:47
ABERDEEN, Md., Oct. 21, 2011 – The Department of Defense's innovative "social media behind the firewall" solution has earned a prestigious award with support from Symbolic Systems, Inc.
milSuite, a collection of secure knowledge management tools used by approximately 175,000 members of the DoD workforce, was one of 10 initiatives selected by Government Computer News magazine for its 24th annual 2011 Agency Award Honorable Mentions. The Honorable Mention projects were selected from more than 200 nominations from throughout federal and state government. Fellow honorable mention winners include the National Security Agency, Environmental Protection Agency and others.


 "The annual GCN Awards honor agencies for their outstanding achievements in the application of information technology to advance their work and the services they provide," Government Computer News (GCN) editor-in-chief Paul McCloskey said in a GCN news release. "The 2011 agency winners are now part of a tradition of innovation, excellence, and service. We congratulate them for their extraordinary work and their continued dedication to better serving the public sector."

The winners were recognized during an Oct. 19 awards ceremony in Tysons Corner, Va.
"milSuite is playing an important role in the military's efforts to increase collaboration and streamline business processes through user-friendly information technology," said Robert Wheeler, chief operations officer for Symbolic Systems, Inc. and project lead for milSuite. "We are proud to support its expansion and thank Government Computer News for recognizing its positive impact."
Symbolic Systems, Inc. provides project management services for milSuite, as well as architectural and technical development.

milSuite is comprised of four interconnected tools that leverage the strengths of popular social media sites to support DoD business processes. The tools are milBook, a professional networking application providing communities of practice; milWiki, a military encyclopedia built on community participation; milTube, a video-sharing application for the military workforce; and milBlog, a news-sharing site.
First launched in 2009, milSuite now supports hundreds of organizations across the DoD, including major Army commands such as the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and Forces Command (FORSCOM).

milSuite is managed by the Military Technical Solutions Office (MilTech Solutions), a forward operating agency of the Army Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T). PEO C3T fields satellite communications systems, radios, digital mission command tools, fires planning, situational awareness applications, generators and numerous other capabilities to Soldiers. For the past 12 years, Symbolic Systems, Inc. has played an active role in supporting PEO C3T's knowledge management efforts.
Other major recognitions for milSuite include:

• Army Knowledge Management Award for milWiki, 2009

• Army Knowledge Management Award for milBook, 2010

• Army Knowledge Management Award for overall knowledge management maturity of PEO C3T, 2011

• White House Open Government Initiative, 2010, for milWiki's role in TRADOC's efforts toward promoting online collaboration of Army Field Manuals

A full list of 2011 GCN Award winners may be found at: http://1105govinfo.com/articles/2011/05/06/gcn-announces-the-24th-annual-gcn-award-winners.aspx

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