GOP Technology Powerhouse eMerges Behind Firewalls on the Hill
[Notice to Readers - 1/11/2009: Please check back soon for an update. - luaptifer]
The world of Republican government IT solutions is changing as dramatically as the Party itself.
The November 2008 rout of Republicans followed eight years of ever-expanding mismanagement of the Bush White House. Few would have imagined the global magnitude of its fallout but trendsetters at two very competent top-tier GOP tech companies led the political technology market's new wave of consolidation by merging GovTech Solutions, L.L.C. (Richfield, Ohio) and GSL Solutions, Inc. (Tampa, Florida) just a month earlier.
Already powerful among the GOP's network insiders, GovTech visionary Mike Connell was ready to rule when the newly minted HillTop Content Management System (CMS) would "create a dominating force on Capitol Hill". But a horrible year for Republicans turned into Connell family tragedy when HillTop lost its architect and the GOP's Internet pioneer in a December 19 aviation accident.
On January 5, this week, Michael Gaines, President of GSL Solutions, announced that the merged company will go forward and using the GSL banner. GovTech Solutions' home page, now titled "GSL Solutions and GovTech Solutions Have Merged," is simply adorned with links to the new website, www.hilltopcms.com, and a form for contributions to benefit education of the four Connell children. The Mike Connell Scholarship Fund page powered by Edonation.com, is managed by Connell-Donatelli partner, Becki Donatelli.
Whether former GovTech Solutions partner Thomas J. Synhorst (CEO of DCI Group, L.L.C.) has a stake in the new company is unknown.
Consolidation of the two Republican powerhouses into one establishes a provider of Internet technology solutions and services for an unparalleled stable of the GOP's elected Washington clients. Their histories on Capitol Hill have, for nearly a decade, permeated the IT networks of the Senate, the House of Representatives, the White House, and a stunning array of Executive Agency and Congressional Committees.
A combined portfolio of almost 90 House and Senate clients means GSL's technology is behind well more than 10 percent of America's legislature.
And they're not only Republicans since GovTech's mark is still embedded in bipartisan Committee websites like the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. GSL Solutions keeps House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers' member website refreshed after GovTech Solutions had managed the Judiciary Committee site for years.
With the GOP currently uncertain of its future direction, the savvy observer will keep an eye on GSL's present work.
Until the next installment, some of Mike Connell's history bridging the dot gov firewall can be considered on A Trail of Questions At the End of the Road.