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August 06, 2014
Symbolic Systems, Inc. hosts Mandela Washington Fellowship interns

 

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Tinton Falls, N.J. (August 6, 2014) -- Symbolic Systems, Inc., with offices in Tinton Falls, N.J. and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., was selected by the United States Department of State to host two interns this summer for the Mandela Washington Fellowship, an exchange program supporting President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.

Following a six-week academic and leadership program at top U.S. universities and colleges, 100 of the 500 fellows were selected to remain in the U.S. to participate in eight-week internships with more than 80 American non-governmental organizations, private companies and government offices. The internships for the two Symbolic participants are being conducted in the town of Summit, N.J.

“I have no doubt that you’re going to leave behind for the next generation, and the generation after that, an Africa that is strong and vibrant and prosperous, and is ascendant on the world stage,” President Obama told the 500 fellows during the Mandela Washington Fellowship Town Hall held in Washington, D.C., last week.

Frank Ponzio, president and chief executive officer for Symbolic Systems, Inc., designed the internships for the company’s two fellows. The aim is to provide a practical understanding of how various community services operate, and how some aspects might be creatively adapted to meet social concerns in Africa.

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February 19, 2013
‘Donate a Day: Work to Rebuild the Jersey Shore’ Effort Raises 11K for Sandy Victims

Summit, N.J. -- After the second costliest storm in U.S. history pounded New Jersey and its neighboring states last October, employees at Symbolic Systems, Inc., a small company headquartered in Summit, N.J., decided to help out in an unconventional way. The workforce sent the money from their unused vacation time to the New Jersey Relief Fund.

Through this effort, referred to as “Donate a Day: Work to Rebuild the Jersey Shore,” more than $11,000 was raised to help the victims of Super Storm Sandy.

“I think what has made ‘Donate a Day’ such a success is that our employees helped people that they know who not only suffered personal inconveniences, but also huge financial losses,” said Frank Ponzio, Symbolic’s founder and president, “and I personally thank everyone who made this project a success.”

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October 21, 2011
Symbolic Systems, Inc. supports milSuite in award for outstanding achievement
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.
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June 02, 2010
Army Brings Discussion Groups Behind the Firewall

Through a new professional networking tool, the Army’s technology community can now share ideas in discussion groups set behind its firewalled network.

Known as milBook, it’s opening up safer avenues of communications among personnel.

"The milSuite application allows the professional ‘DOD’ community to share information amongst themselves that is only intended for the internal community," said Justin Filler, deputy director of the MilTech Solutions Office, an Army organization.

MilBook is part of a suite of tools known as milSuite that also includes a blog and wiki.

Previously, the department lacked a medium for employees to share official and sometimes sensitive information.

"These technologies help those working on similar projects across ‘DoD’ to connect, share information, incubate new ideas, and help build the ‘DoD's’ body of knowledge and expertise, while generating organizational learning," said Todd Miller, an Army contractor.

MilBook provides several options for users who wish to share information with specific individuals. By creating discussion threads, they can exchange ideas among specific, self-created groups on topics such as Army policies. The information can either be restricted to that user or shared with the entire milBook community, Filler said. Regardless, it will always remain behind the firewall.

"People across the DoD can find professional working groups on various programs and efforts and join within seconds," Miller said. "MilBook not only connects people, it

connects those people to military topics so that ideas and information are shared across the Armed Services."

Presently, many of these discussions are held in e-mails, chats, wikis and blogs. However, milBook is the only tool in the department which can group these together.

"Milbook fills that void that the ‘DOD-at-large’ doesn’t have," Filler said.

MilBook is also an effective tool for locating Soldiers who might have switched headquarters due to reassignment or for personnel who wish to obtain the knowledge of a subject matter expert.

Since its inception more than a year ago, the Army’s wiki or milWiki has surpassed more than 40,000 users, 10,000 pages, and 4,900 individual articles and is on target as a pilot effort to become a centralized point for updating Army field manual doctrine.

In June, the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC), at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., launched a test that allowed Soldiers and leaders to make real-time updates to the Army’s tactics, techniques and procedures (ATTP) via milWiki.

"The purpose of the portal is to incorporate insights and lessons-learned from Soldiers and officers, based upon recent experiences in theater; but the goal is to ensure tactics, techniques and procedures remain relevant," said Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the Army, during his final remarks at the LandWarNet Conference held in August in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "A Soldier redeployed from Afghanistan, for example, could access the ATTP for site exploitation operations, make changes and add new material based on firsthand experiences in the country."

With the CAC effort, wikis could virtually turn the three-to-five-year process for staffing and updating field manuals into real time, where knowledge can be shared as soon as it is entered, according to CAC officials. By using these wikis, any individual with access to the manual can immediately update each of its sections.

Seven field manuals were updated during the inception. Eventually, as many as 250 manuals will be available for comment, according to CAC officials.

The third portion of milSuite, known as milBlog, allows users to share news, photos, ideas and insight in real-time, with the capability to comment on one another’s feedback.

MilSuite is assigned to the MilTech Solutions Office, a government organization of the Army’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) working in partnership with Product Manager, Acquisition Business.

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