Lumen21 Awarded Technology Firm of the Year from U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency

Orange, CA (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

Lumen21 is the recipient of the 19th Annual U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Technology Firm of the Year Award for Los Angeles in partnership with City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (MED). The award recognizes firms that have shown success and growth in their respective industries while recognizing the outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs, individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community. Lumen21 was recognized under the technology sector by the program.

“The MED awards were created to recognize individuals and firms who exemplify entrepreneurial innovation and a commitment to creating jobs while helping our nation remain competitive in the global economy,” said Alejandra Castillo, MBDA Acting National Director.”

Lumen21 is a global company that has been a trusted source for organizations over the years by providing managed services and application development. Recently, Lumen21 has placed a special emphasis on building a reseller channel to deliver its compliant cloud computing solutions. These highly-customizable solutions provide organizations with all the benefits of cloud computing accompanied by the visibility and controls required by federal or industry regulations. Whether it is health care organizations struggling with HIPAA compliance, retail businesses dealing with PCI DSS or financial service firms and GLBA, Lumen21 ensures their clients can worry less about being compliant and focus more on growing their business.

This is a wonderful recognition of the hard work and accomplishments of the employees of Lumen21 and I am honored to represent our organization as it receives this award, says Eduardo Don Jr., President of Lumen21. A great deal of work has gone into the continued growth of our company and its nice to see the results and recognition this award exemplifies.

Lumen21 provides the following services:


Managed Infrastructure and IT Security Services
Custom Application Development
IT/Business Consulting
Compliant Cloud Computing Infrastructure

Resellers looking to partner with Lumen21 and learn more about the benefits of offering Compliant Cloud Computing to their clients can contact the company directly for more information at http://www.lumen21.com.

About Lumen21

Lumen21 is an award-winning global technology firm focused on delivering the highest quality IT services to its clients and resellers. Their main offerings include 24×7 managed services, custom application development, compliant cloud computing, and IT/business consulting. Lumen21’s depth of experience, industry best practices, and focus on innovation means their clients benefit from less complex, professionally managed technology infrastructures and applications. In particular, organizations required to comply with federal or industry regulations (i.e. HIPAA, PCI DSS, and GLBA etc.), gain improved visibility and control over their applications and data with Lumen21’s innovative compliant cloud computing solutions. To find a reseller or learn more, visit http://www.Lumen21.com.

About the U.S Department of Commerce MBDA

MBDA is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Visit http://www.mbda.gov.

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Media Contact: Len Fernandes, 1-888-317-4687 ext. 702, len(at)firecrackerpr(do)com







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Arizona State University and the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency to Address National Security Risks of Climate Change


Tempe, Arizona (PRWEB) June 18, 2014

Arizona State University (ASU) was selected for a competitive five-year award of $ 20 million by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to launch a research partnership, effective June 1, 2014, to explore approaches for anticipating and mitigating national security risks associated with climate change.

Known as the Foresight Initiative, the cooperative agreement venture will explore how the effects of climate change on resources, such as water, food, and energy, could contribute to political unrest and instability and gain insights to sustainability and resilience strategies for mitigating the effects.

This initiative will play a key role in collaborative research efforts to accelerate the evolution of Activity-Based Intelligence addressing system level activities, dynamics, and interdependent network effects in the context of global climate risks to water security. This multi-year research partnership leverages ASU expertise and thought leadership in visual analytics, complex modeling, and transdisciplinary decision making evolving from years of internal and external investments at ASU.

NGAs investment and partnership with ASU is a game-changing relationship, said Michael Crow, ASU president. This innovative research initiative will develop solutions and be a catalyst for the critical and creative thinking needed to address the complex challenges that come with climate change.

Leveraging computing and system modeling initiatives at ASU and partner organizations, the Foresight Initiative will apply ubiquitous cloud computing and storage technologies, advances in natural user interfaces, and machine learning to address unique geospatial data handling and visual analytic challenges driven by the volume and character of future persistent data flows. The resulting capabilities will allow analysts and decision makers to dynamically interact with diverse data sets in a real-time modeling and simulation environment. This will help them assess the effectiveness of plans, policies, and decisions; discover second- and third-order causal relationships; and understand spatial and temporal patterns that reveal non-obvious underlying interconnections and dependencies.

I am very proud to announce our partnership with ASU, a world class research university, said NGA Director, Letitia Long. Our partnership is a prime example of the intelligence community working smartly with academia to address strategic global issues and to create capabilities that benefit everyone.

Key areas at ASU that will be integral to this work include the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Public Programs, Decision Theater Network, and Decision Center for a Desert City.

For example, ASUs Decision Theater provides advanced modeling and simulation that allows diverse groups of stakeholders to visualize large amounts of data, policy parameters, and environmental uncertainties on panoramic HD displays. Scientists, analysts, and decision makers can easily interact in real-time to tweak the rules and data sets to account for new insights and deeper understanding of relationships, providing a range of outcomes based on the changes. This allows for more effective decision making among people from different backgrounds.

This is a tremendous partnership and opportunity for a real, tangible impact in addressing strategic security and humanitarian needs, said Nadya Bliss, principal investigator of the Foresight Initiative and assistant vice president, research strategy with ASUs Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. It is also pioneering how the academic and government research communities can leverage each others strengths to seek solutions to these global-scale issues while advancing fundamental transdisciplinary research. ASU is the perfect place for this initiative because of the culture of use-inspired research and exceptional quality faculty working across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

About Arizona State University:

Arizona State University is the largest public research university in the United States under a single administration, with total student enrollment of more than 70,000 in metropolitan Phoenix, the nations sixth-largest city. ASU is creating a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real-world application, blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 120 nations.







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