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Another day, another govtech merger

Gcom, a provider of software to state and local government agencies, is purchasing the data-analytics and business intelligence firm Qlarion, the companies announced Wednesday in the latest merger in a government technology market that’s undergoing a wave of consolidation. Under the terms of the deal, Qlarion will become the data arm of Gcom, which provides software for managing nutrition assistance programs and criminal justice data to agencies in at least 22 states. Qlarion is known for building Virginia’s Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation, or FAACT, an interagency platform for collecting and sharing data about opioid abuse, that was adapted last year to track the COVID-19 pandemic. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Des Moines doing stuff online

The City of Des Moines, Iowa, plans to replace a 20-year-old permitting, licensing and inspection system next month with new software that will modernize more than 70 kinds of government transactions, including construction permits, liquor licenses and event permits. The new $2 million system will enable residents to make payments, file applications, requests and upload plans digitally, citywide Chief Information Officer Anna Whipple said. “It will be a living product for many years to come,” she told members of the Des Moines City Council. Ryan Johnston has more.

The latest in edtech

A new EdScoop special report dives into emerging technologies across the education sector, including how colleges and universities are making greater use of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and 5G, as well as how many campuses — during the era of COVID-19 — replaced traditional visits from prospective students with virtual tours. There's also a conversation with Justin Reich, the director of MIT's Teaching Systems Lab, about how the professed technological revolution in education isn't always what it claims to be. See the full report.

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