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Mars 2020 Launch – Applause for the 1901 Group Helpdesk and Development Team

August 07, 2020

In the event you were unaware July 30th was the launch day for the NASA/JPL Mars 2020 mission. For most American’s the day was just a normal day, but for our Project Manager representing 1901 Group on ManTech’s ICE contract with JPL, it was an emotional day as the team realized the monumental role they played in the success of the ManTech team and the JPL mission to date…

Partner Benefits: Equinix Ups Its Google Cloud Game with Premier Partner Status

August 07, 2020

Brendan Walsh, SVP of Partner Relations at 1901 Group shares the dramatic changes we will see today due to the pandemic and how investments made by Equinix will streamline connectivity and make IT modernizations smoother for managed service providers like 1901 Group…

Public Sector Innovation Requires Leveraging Managed Service Providers, Automation Platforms and Workforce 4.0

July 28, 2020

Enterprise IT has changed drastically over the years and is still constantly changing as technology is moving faster than ever. To keep up with the pace of change, the public sector must leverage innovation and modernized technologies in their digital transformation journey to become more efficient, automated, and secure – so they can ultimately support their teams, customers, and most importantly, the citizens of our nation…

Tomorrow’s Workforce Relies on GovCons Taking Proactive Role in Talent Management

July 27, 2020

George Batsakis, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer at 1901 Group shares with Adam Stone the vision of Workforce of the Future 4.0. It rests on two basic ideas: Get outside the Beltway to find fresh talent, and cross-train people to work on a broad range of IT implementations. Batsakis also speaks on how the managed service model is built to support government’s IT priorities with modernization, supported by a workforce…

G2X Industry Exchange with 1901 Group: Lessons Learned and How Industry Can Support Government Post COVID-19

July 21, 2020

To explore how Government and industry can prepare post COVID-19, Heather Seftel-Kirk, writer at G2Xchange spoke with Director of Business Development for the Homeland Security Market at 1901 Group, Zack Orchant, and EVP of Business Development at 1901 Group, Paul Wilkinson, to explore changing expectations, customer experiences, non-traditional partners, the data challenge, and Industry’s role…

WCYB News: VA Ready Program Retrains Unemployed, Partners Businesses with Community Colleges

July 21, 2020

Olivia Bailey, Anchor and Reporter at WCYB News, interview Sonu Singh, CEO of 1901 Group, and Glen Youngkin, Co-Founder of VA Ready, to share how the VA Ready Initiative will bring together businesses and community colleges to help Virginians gain the skills they need to get high-demand jobs, while also helping the workforce in Virginia become economically resilient…

Work Talk Podcast: VA Ready and 1901 Group Partnership Grows the Southwest Virginia Workforce

July 15, 2020

In the recent episode of the Work Talk Podcast, Marty Holiday, host of Work Talk, interview Caren Merrick, CEO of VA Ready, and Sonu Singh, Founder and CEO of 1901 Group, to discuss the creation of VA Ready and how its partnership provides financial incentives for motivated, out-of-work Virginias to reskill for in-demand jobs in high-growth sectors…

Pandemic Influences IT Staffing Trends

July 06, 2020

The pandemic and economic uncertainty is influencing IT staffing priorities within the tech industry…

Unemployment Challenge: Providing a Fast Career Path for Economic Justice and a Resilient Workforce

June 29, 2020

1901 Group today announced it is a Business Partner of the Virginia Ready Initiative (VA Ready), a new initiative to help unemployed Virginians across the Commonwealth get back to work quickly…

How Summer Internships are Surviving COVID-19

June 22, 2020

The Roanoke Times reporter, Grace Mamon spoke with Brendan Walsh, SVP of Partner Relations and Sheri Neely, VP of Operational Performance on how 1901 Group has transitioned to bring in summer interns remotely and what they expect internships to look like for years to come…

3 Reasons to Double up on Emerging Technology Training During Crises

June 19, 2020

Brendan Walsh, SVP @1901Group shares with NextGov the need to train an retain an adaptable workforce and the benefits of reskilling today…

EVP George Batsakis Discusses the Future of Work on CNBC @Work Spotlight Virtual Event

June 6, 2020

CNBC invites industry leaders including George Batsakis, EVP at 1901 Group and others to explore how companies can use converging tech to find the best workers, create a new, more flexible workforce, and enhance their bottom line…

Will telework replace the office?

May 26, 2020

Lessons learned from working remotely during pandemic. Telework is the way many Virginians with office jobs work now. So, what have we learned over the past two months?…

Thanks, COVID-19. Let’s wrap this up, OK?

May 20, 2020

Continued focus on how to improve services, protect the nation’s interest and its people will require a “re-thinking” of conventional wisdom and traditional policy approaches…

Creating a Sustainable Economy for Southwest Virginia – William Wampler Oped

May 12, 2020

In the latest feature from The Roanoke Times, Delegate William Wampler shares his thoughts…

COVID-19: Training and Retaining an Adaptable IT Workforce to Prepare for the “New Normal” Challenges

May 04, 2020

Now weeks into the impact of the COVID-19, business leaders are making essential decisions about how to mitigate the risk and keep everyone safe…

How Local Businesses are Weathering the Economic Storm

May 04, 2020

Starting a new business is critical endeavor anytime, much less during a worldwide pandemic…

Key Takeaways from the AWS Public Sector Partner Virtual Experience

April 29, 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosts events bringing the cloud computing community together to connect, collaborate, and learn from AWS experts…

What Happens After COVID-19 Lessons are Learned?

April 24, 2020

Will we ever spontaneously “high five” a stranger at a sporting event again? Are the countless handshakes at government contracting industry days and technology events a thing of the past?..

WJHL 11 News: 1901 Group on Track to Deliver Job Opportunities in SWVA, says COVID-19 has Not Stopped Progress

April 22, 2020

In early March Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, held a conference in partnership with the 1901 Group to announce a project…

Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution a Silver Lining?

April 17, 2020

Now weeks into the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic crisis hitting at the global, national, local and personal levels, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is proving to be a blessing in disguise…

Dramatic Disruptions – Changing the Way Federal Government Uses IT and Building an Adaptable Workforce Today, for Tomorrow.

April 13, 2020

COVID-19, a humanitarian and societal crisis, has resulted in a dramatic disruption that will lead to technology transformation that will change the way the federal government uses information technology (IT) to support their mission…

How GovCon is Responding to COVID-19: 1901 Group

April 07, 2020

As the world closely monitors and tracks the spread and impact of the new corona virus, business leaders are making decisions about how to mitigate the risk and keep everyone safe and healthy…

Podcast: Preparing the IT Talent Pipeline

April 01, 2020

With the exciting news of 1901 Group’s new expansion in Abingdon, VA, Marty Holiday, host of Work Talk features Brendan Walsh, SVP Partner Relations in the recent episode of the Work Talk podcast…

3 Tips for Disaster Recovery Plans in the Wake of a Pandemic

March 17, 2020

As steps are being taken on a global scale to contain and mitigate complications arising as a result of COVID-19, the parallels between the current situation and any other public crisis when it comes to disaster recovery are not lost…

COVID-19 A Letter to our Customers and Partners

March 17, 2020

Navigating the safety of our employees, partners, customers, and communities at the highest level…

Key Takeaways from 2020 NetApp U.S. Public Sector Partner Summit

March 09, 2020

Every year, the NetApp U.S. Public Sector Summit brings together their partners to meet industry leaders, hear keynotes, and share industry insight on trends for federal IT and how hybrid cloud will impact public sector customers today and in the future…

The Tipping Point for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Federal Market is Here Today, and Leverage is to Blame

February, 03 2020

The recent convergence of quality clouds, Federal reuse programs and policies, and enabling platforms has created leverage that simply did not exist until recently,…

Dealing with the Complexity of IT Modernization: Building Better Disaster Recovering and Backup

January 28, 2020

IT modernization is a major focus for both government and industry today. As the complexity of systems grows, so do the demands to protect and store information…

How DoD’s New Cybersecurity Rules Affect Government Contractors

January 21, 2020

At the end of the last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued six guidance memoranda aimed at assisting acquisition personnel…

As Tech Workers Hit the Federal Pay Ceiling – Will They Stay?

January 13, 2020

Congress raised the ceiling for salaries for career federal employees on the General Schedule for 2020…

1901 Group Participates in the Virginia Tech Industrial Systems Engineering D.C. Area Company Tour

January 10, 2020

In efforts to fill the tech talent pipeline and bridge the gap between Northern Virginia and Southwest Virginia, 1901 Group is participating in the “Virginia Tech Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE) D.C. Area Company Tour”…

2020 Cleared Jobs Outlook: What Goes Away, What Stays?

January 07, 2020

“There is no doubt that technology and automation is changing our global work environment, but this change brings opportunity to create new jobs and increase productivity,”…

Top Tech Trends of 2019: From AI and the Cloud to Cyber Insurance and Election Security

January 01, 2020

2019 wasn’t the year of the artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing or automation – but all were part of the overall trend in information technology advances…

Virginia’s Tech Companies in NOVA and SWVA Find Opportunities in Amazon HQ2

December 27, 2019

It was nearly a year ago that Amazon’s announced its long-term “HQ2” second headquarters plan to create 25,000 high tech jobs in Arlington, Virginia…

Key Takeaways from the 2019 AWS re:Invent

December 16, 2019

AWS re:Invent, one of the largest learning conferences for the global cloud computing community just wrapped up last week…

Q&A: Federal Agencies Modernize Backup, DR Strategies with Hybrid IT Infrastructure

December 11, 2019

Federal agencies are beginning to embrace digital transformation. Changing the way agencies protect data has led them down the incremental path for migrating to cloud computing environments…

2019 Top 10 CEOs to Watch in GovCon – Sonu Singh, CEO

December 10, 2019

In a highly competitive marketplace, contractors thrive when they bring to the table some unique combination of business savvy, technological expertise and an innovative management style…

100 People to Meet in 2020 – Sonu Singh, CEO

December 10, 2019

The inaugural list of Virginians you should get to know this year…

Live at AWS re:Invent 2019: SVP Brendan Walsh Discusses Digital Transformation for Public Sector Market

December 05, 2019

AWS re:Invent is a learning conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community…

A Critical Path Option for IT Modernization and Digital Transformation

December 05, 2019
As agencies work towards building a 21st century government to better support and service the American people, one optional, low risk, incremental path for IT modernization and digital transformation becomes clear…

Industry Leader Brings Evolutionary Storytelling to Company Through PRs and Marketing Communications

November 22, 2019

With more than 25 years of experience in strategic marketing, corporate communications, media relations, and brand management within the IT industry, Tricia Long, VP of Marketing Communications and Media Relations at 1901 Group has ran the marketing for 1901 Group…

1901 Group Invited as Guest Lecturers at Radford University Davis College of Business and Economics

November 07, 2019

Government Contracting in the Federal Government Market…

A New Frontier for Tech Talent – New River Valley

November 05, 2019

Companies find tech talent and innovation in the mountains and valleys of Virginia…

Industry Advisers See Promising Ways to Expand IT Sector in Rural Virginia

November 04, 2019

The technology sector’s growth in Northern Virginia could be modeled in rural Virginia with the help of universities like Virginia Tech…

Building State’s Tech Talent Pool More Important Than Ever

November 01, 2019

For the past 10 years, Virginia Tech Alum, Sonu Singh has been building his IT service company on the coattails of his alma mater…

Key Takeaways from the 2019 Smithsonian Digitization Conference

October 09, 2019

Innovation is critical when it comes to transforming the workforce and developing new ways to engage with citizens…

Compliance Depends on Connecting with People

October 03, 2019

Reflecting on the sessions I’ve been to at SCCE CEI so far, an overarching theme is that compliance is about building relationships…

MEET 1901 GROUP: James Christopher

October 03, 2019

Q&A with Executive Vice President, Operations and Engineering James Christopher…

MEET 1901 GROUP: Paul Wilkinson

October 03, 2019

Q&A with Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development Paul Wilkinson…

MEET 1901 GROUP: Sonu Singh

October 01, 2019

Q&A with Founder, President and CEO of 1901 Group Sonu Singh…

1901 Group Provides 24×7 Managed Services, Cybersecurity, Management, And Optimization Of Mission-Critical Systems In The Cloud

September 24, 2019

1901 Group is a leading provider of IT services, focusing on public sector customers that benefit from leveraging highly secure, cloud resources…

Digital-First Approach Brings Innovation and Automation to Organizations

September 18, 2019

For most organizations, digital transformation has gone from a leading-edge ambition to a business imperative…

Deepening Our Security Relationship through Cloud-Based Strategies and Digital Transformation

September 18, 2019

In this 21ˢᵗ century global environment, the U.S. Department of State’s Joint Strategic Plan, declares the need to be proactive when it comes to threats effecting national and economic security…

Podcast: Recruitment and Retention in the IT Sector

August 19, 2019

This episode of Work Talk, Marty Holiday, host of Work Talk, interviews Brendan Walsh, SVP of Partner Relations at 1901 Group…

You’re in the Cloud, Now What?

August 06, 2019

Key Takeaways from the AWS Public Sector Summit 2019…

Why are STEM and Cloud Services so Important to Rural America?

August 05, 2019

The not so obvious answer is today more people, from a broader range of education backgrounds than ever before, are able to obtain new information technology jobs while staying in rural locations…

Bringing the world to their doorstep

July 30, 2019

Technology and health care are shaping region’s future…

Highlanders rising

July 30, 2019

Radford expands health-care, cybersecurity and entrepreneurship studies…

Tech savy girls from around the world come to Blacksburg

July 29, 2019

On July 26, 1901 Group participated in the U.S. Department of State’s TechGirls initiative by hosting four girls from the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia and job shadowing with several employees throughout the Blacksburg offices…

Microsoft-ServiceNow Deal is ‘Huge’ Channel Opportunity

July 10, 2019

Microsoft’s landmark agreement to partner more closely with ServiceNow—including tightly integrating the ServiceNow IT automation platform with the Microsoft Azure cloud—spells “huge” opportunity for the channel…

Lawmakers Seek Improved Cyber Safeguards with IoT Security Bill

July 05, 2019

“Using the federal purchasing power to shape the wider, consumer, enterprise, and industrial markets for IoT devices…”

Need to Hire Cyber Talent? Look Beyond the Nation’s Capital

June 25, 2019

Is there a rural solution to the cyber security shortage? For the past few years, the demand for cyber talent has been increasing exponentially. Today, the D.C. metro area has the highest demand for cyber security professionals in the country…

Understanding the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System

June 18, 2019

The past is something that is impossible to escape. That is especially true when it comes to how well a contractor fulfills its mission for the federal government…

Cloud Computing Drivers: Business and Technical

June 06, 2019

There are several drivers that lead government customers to explore the cloud. Most of these drivers can be grouped into two categories: business and technical drivers…

Five Phases to Accelerate Your Cloud Journey

June 05, 2019

As the federal government begins to make their transition to the cloud, it has become evident that migrating their mission systems can be complex…

Journey to the Cloud: Considerations, Market Trends, and Approach

June 04, 2019

Moving mission applications and systems into the cloud is a journey, one that needs to be planned, appropriately resourced, and managed via an agile approach that produces incremental capabilities that can be tailored for each engagement…

1901 Group’s Strategic Growth and Integration of Emerging Technologies

May 20, 2019

Federal agencies are increasingly asking vendors to not only migrate applications to the cloud, but to also manage workloads and cloud capacities once the migration is done…

1901 Group Spotlight: Federal-Focused MSP Finds Groove in Hybrid Offering

May 08, 2019

‘A vast minority, like 5 percent of the workloads in the federal space, are in the cloud today, so that means up to 95 percent are in the queue to be moved,’ says Brendan Walsh, SVP of Partner Relations of 1901 Group…

White House Executive Order Aims to Improve the Cybersecurity Workforce

May 07, 2019

Last Thursday, the White House signed an executive order that was meant to boost the federal government’s cybersecurity workforce…

Interview with CEO 1901 Group – Sonu Singh

May 07, 2019

WebMagSpace interviews Sonu Singh, CEO of 1901 Group to discuss technology trends, cybersecurity evolving, and how to prepare for an AI centric world…

Automation’s Impact Today Goes Well Beyond the Obvious

May 01, 2019

Automation’s Impact Today Goes Well Beyond the ObviousAutomation is a champion for those with self-motivation and drive…

Virginia Has Second Highest Concentration of Tech Workers

April 03, 2019

While there is no surprise that California has the highest concentration of tech workers in the country, Virginia now has the second highest concentration in the country, according to newly released data from the Cyberstates 2019 report…

Partnering with Local Universities to Grow Tomorrow’s Tech Talent

April 02, 2019

The shortage of tech talent continues to draw news headlines and calls for increased innovation and more resources…

How to Address Cyber Security Talent Shortage Through Automation

March 22, 2019

According to a study, the average data breach can cost companies upward of 3.86 million, while large-scale breaches can top $350 million. As the cost of attacks increase, the number of professional available to fill open cybersecurity positions has not kept pace…

Podcast: IT Careers in Virginia – Opportunities and Trends

March 18, 2019

This episode of Work Talk joins Paul Wilkinson, EVP of 1901 Group and Mark Eschle, VP of Wize Solutions, as they share their insight with Marty Holiday, host of Work Talk…

FCEDA Spotlight: 1901 Group

March 13, 2019

Reston-based 1901 Group thrives with a platform that reduces costs and promotes migration to the cloud…

Blacksburg Growth to Fuel Innovation Campus

March 07, 2019

With recent news about Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus in Alexandria, the pipeline – specifically for high-tech disciplines – will draw from a deep reservoir in Blacksburg, fueling growth for universities and companies throughout Virginia…

‘The next big trend’

March 01, 2019

Doing D.C. work in Blacksburg creates a wealth of IT jobs…

Quality Clouds Improve Citizen Safety

March 01, 2019

Opinion Editorial written by Brendan Walsh, SVP Partner Relations 1901 Group. Why Investments in FedRAMP Authorizations are Valuable to Us All…

Automate Or Die: Why IT Services Automation Is Critical For Channel Success

February 27, 2019

Solution providers say their very survival rests on how successful they are at automating arduous IT tasks for today’s digital transformation customers…

Power of Partnerships: 1901 Group and Amazon Web Services (AWS)

February 20, 2019

Sonu Singh, CEO of 1901 Group shares his insights with AWS on the power of partnerships, the process of the Partners Transformation Program (PTP), and how to prepare the next generation IT talent…

2019 Market Outlook: 1901 Group’s Sonu Singh on Hybrid Cloud, Academia, and Talent Retention

January 28, 2019

With a new year comes new opportunities for innovation and growth in the government contracting community. Looking into 2019 – What’s next for GovCon?…

Finding a Workaround to the Defense Talent Shortage

January 14, 2019

According to a new survey from IT analyst, research, validation, and strategy firm ESG, 53% of respondents reported a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills within their company or organizations.

James Christopher, EVP for Operations and Engineering at 1901 Group shares his insights on finding candidates with the requisite soft skills and investing in technical training in an interview with Peter Suciu, ClearanceJobs…

What the Government Shutdown Means for Contractors

January 9, 2019

What began as the third shutdown of the Federal government in 2018 became the first shutdown for the New Year. Paul Wilkinson, EVP Corporate Strategy and BD of 1901 Group shares what the shutdown means to contractors and how to take advantage of the downtime…

WBJ’s Government Contractor to Watch: 1901 Group

January 9, 2019

Why 1901 Group? What are its biggest challenges and what’s next?

The story of 1901 Group unfolds in an interview with Sonu Singh, CEO of 1901 Group and Robert J. Terry Senior Staff Reporter of Washington Business Journal.

Finding a Workaround to the Defense Talent Shortage

December 1, 2018

By: Peter Suciu, ClearanceJobs

As the competition for cleared IT talent continues to heat up, many employers are looking to college students to combat the defense talent shortage. The number of individuals currently waiting for security clearance in the defense sector has more than tripled over the past four years to well over half a million, according to the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB).  Paul Wilkinson, EVP of 1901 Group speaks with Peter Suciu of ClearanceJobs in embedding the IT skills in the curriculum at the schools.

Impact of the Cloud Smart Strategy on Industry

November 27, 2018

Government spending on cloud services contracts will continue to grow in 2019, according to projections from Bloomberg Government. The numbers have been growing steadily for several years now, and Bloomberg pegs this year’s total cost at $6.5 billion. Paul Wilkinson, EVP of 1901 Group and George Young, VP of public sector at Elastic join up in a critical discussion with host Francis Rose, Government Matters  on what the growing adoption of cloud services in the government means for industry and what the future holds for tech in the region.

Driving Top Technical Talent to Fairfax and Montgomery Counties

November 19, 2018

Leveraging new technologies in innovative ways

On November 16, Governor Ralph Northam announced the funding for the project from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP), which will support the addition of 580 new jobs in Montgomery County and 225 new jobs in Fairfax County by 2021.

The Fairfax Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) worked together with Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) to secure the project for Virginia. VEDP will support 1901 Group’s recruitment activities through VJIP, a program that provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs to support employee training activities.

Big Issues for Small Contractors: Talent Retention, Procurement, Culture

November 6, 2018

With the ever-changing landscape of government IT, there are several hurdles contractors face when competing in the GovCon market.

Brendan Walsh, SVP Partner Relations of 1901 Group and Ed DeLisle, Principal Attorney and Chair of Government Contracting Group of Offit Kurman, join host Mark Amtower on the Amtower Off-Center Podcast to discuss attracting and retaining SME’s, changes in mentor-protégé program, sub-contracting issues, and more. Audio interviews available on Apple Podcasts or PodcastOne.

Cloud Technologies are the Only Way to Manage Complex Data and Compute Requirements in a Dynamic, Elastic Manner

September 24, 2018

As government agencies are under increasing pressure to modernize IT and shift to the cloud, 1901 Group is well prepared for this transformation.  We’ve built substantial cloud migration and operations capacity in a factory like model in our Enterprise IT Operations Center in Blacksburg, VA.  Additionally, true to our mission, we’ve created over 150 high technology jobs in rural America by investing in our people and our community…all of which delivers real value to our Government customers.”   – Sonu Singh, CEO

Cloud Journey: “How” and “Where” to Start Application Migration

September 13, 2018

As agencies are rushing to figure out how and where to start their mission-critical applications to the cloud, moving from a private to public environment is one of the most critical decisions agencies will face.

Brendan Walsh, Senior Vice President of Partner Relation of 1901 Group, a featured guest on the  Amazon Web Services (AWS) blog, highlights a solution using a Firm Fixed Price Migration (FFPM) model and an AWS framework to help agencies establish a budget and plan to start their mission application migration.

Cloud Migration Strategies, Roadblocks, and Successful Solutions

September 12, 2018

Shifting from private to public cloud is the big growth driver. Customers are hard-pressed to figure out how to do transformation or start that cloud journey. What’s behind a successful approach to cloud? That’s one of the questions 1901 Group LLC executives Paul Wilkinson and Sonu Singh tackled in a recent interview with WashingtonExec. The duo also addressed advantages and roadblocks of cloud computing, favorite technologies and the presence of Hokie nation in federal IT.