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2nd November 2020

Acacia Group Companies Scoop Up Two Innovation Awards for Tech Taking On COVID-19 Challenges

Washington D.C., Nov. 2, 2020 — The Acacia Group announced today that two of its portfolio companies were recently named Industry Innovator award winners for their groundbreaking technologies in the 2020 Government Innovation Awards presented by Defense Systems, FCW, GCN and Washington Technology. Applied Insight was recognized for its cloud testing and emulation platform, SHIFT, and ID Technologies was celebrated for its endpoint security platform, Archon. Both technologies have been used to support the federal government in tackling the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing remote work solutions for national security customers.

“Fostering innovation has long been at the heart of Acacia’s investment approach across our portfolio,” said Gavin Long, partner with The Acacia Group. “As a result, all of our platform companies have had significant success with developing proprietary technologies that overcome major technical and cultural hurdles for their public sector and commercial customers. Today, their technologies are enabling mission progress for thousands of users across the federal government and industry, including newly remote workforces. These awards are fantastic recognition for our teams at Applied Insight and ID Technologies and validate our continued backing of their substantial product development programs.”

Both Archon and SHIFT are proprietary technologies that address some of the most critical needs facing the federal government today.

  • ARCHON - ID Technologies has taken its first Industry Innovator award for its Archon endpoint security platform. The Archon solution suite, which incorporates a Commercial Solutions for Classified compliant laptop or phone coupled with secure cloud connectivity, provides a uniquely secure way for mobile users to access sensitive or classified data. It is enabling remote workforces to continue their work within systems that are vital to national defense, a mission-critical task since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. At such a crucial time, Archon is enabling greater productivity for tactical mission users and greater security for mission-sensitive systems.
  • SHIFT - Applied Insight’s SHIFT technology is transforming the performance of mission-critical software developed for restricted cloud regions. By emulating those regions, SHIFT enables developers to make their applications fully “region ready” before they are deployed to the high side. As a result, using SHIFT helps avoid costly mission delays and accelerates customer access to the latest commercial innovations. Significantly, SHIFT solves a major customer staffing problem, as it allows uncleared developers to do their best work on the low side.

Applied Insight is an award winner for the second consecutive year, having been honored in 2019 for its innovative Altitude Managed Cloud platform.

The Government Innovation Awards celebrate the transformative government projects, individual change agents and industry partners that are reimagining public-sector IT. The Industry Innovator awards recognize the vital role that the private sector plays in the government IT community. More information on the awards, including all the award winners, can be found online at