ISHPI’s Advanced Information Services Software Development Group Appraised at CMMI Maturity Level 5

Mount Pleasant, SC, December 9, 2014 – Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc. (DBA ISHPI), a forward-leaning four-time Inc. 500 | 5000 Defense and Federal Cyber and Information Dominance (ID) company, today announced that its Advanced Information Services Software Development Group has been appraised at Level 5 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®. The appraisal, performed by Integrated Productivity Solutions, LLC, is the highest level in the CMMI model and places ISHPI among the top 5.6% of CMMI appraised companies in the US and among the top 7.4% of CMMI appraised companies in the world, according to the CMMI Institute’s Published Appraisal Results.

CMMI® is a capability improvement approach that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance. An appraisal at maturity level 5 indicates that ISHPI is performing at an “optimizing” level. At this level, an organization continually improves its processes based on a quantitative understanding of its business objectives and performance needs. The organization uses a quantitative approach to understand the variation inherent in the process and the causes of process outcomes.

“This CMMI Maturity Level 5 appraisal is clear recognition of ISHPI’scontinuing commitment to instituting sustainable capability and process improvements to further enhance ourcompany’s CyberSmithed™ and ActiveDefense™ software products and i-Holistic CyberStance™ service offerings,” said Earl D. Bowers, ISHPI’s President and Chief Strategy Officer. “This CMMIDEV/5 rating, possessed by only a handful of American companies, testifies to ourunwavering determination to continuously improve our customers’ experience by institutionalizing the delivery of superior ‘cyber security guaranteed’ software products and outstanding services.”

About the CMMI Institute

 The CMMI® Institute, a subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University, is dedicated to elevating organizational performance through best-in-class solutions to real-world challenges. The Institute is the home of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® for Development, Services, and Acquisition; the People Capability Maturity Model; and the Data Management Maturity Model (DMM)SM, which are capability improvement models that create high-performance, high-maturity cultures. The models are used in thousands of organizations worldwide to deliver business results that serve as differentiators in the global market. For additional information about the CMMI® Institute, please visit


Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc., (DBA ISHPI) is a four-time Inc. 500 | 5000, Multi-Award Winning Company specializing in Information and Cyber Dominance (ID) and C5ISR Engineering and Technical Services (C5ISR E&TS). ISHPI delivers mission-critical capabilities to the Warfighter and Defenders of the Homeland—protecting our nation, leading the fight, and saving lives with agility, innovation, and results. Our mission-focused culture is purpose-built to support and enable exceptional subject matter experts with direct, relevant, and critical experience supporting the Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Federal Agencies. ISHPI recently acquired Advanced Information Services, Inc., now ISHPI‘s Advanced Information Services Software Development Group, which continues to maintain its CMMI Maturity Level 5 appraisal.

ISHPI‘s core ID capabilities are Information Operations (IO), Information Warfare (IW), Counterterrorism (CT), Red Teaming & Wargaming (RT&WG), Information Assurance (IA), Electronic Warfare (EW), Cybersecurity (CS), and Cyberwarfare (CW).  Core C5ISR E&TS capabilities include System Engineering and Integration (SE&I), Software Engineering & Development (SE&D), Modeling & Simulation (M&S), Agile Software Development (Agile), Rapid Application Development (RAD), Host Based Security System Development (HBSS DEV), Intelligence & Counterintelligence Support Services (I&CISS), Enterprise Architecture (EA), Acquisition Management (AM), Logistics Support Services (LSS), Accomplishment Based Curriculum Development (ABCD), Human Performance Technology Instructional System Design (HPT ISD), Training & Instructor Services (TNG), and Information Technology Services (IT). Our experts deliver our clients’ missions throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, and internationally supporting military operations as required. ISHPI is an American Indian Owned and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOSB) certified 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) with offices in Charleston, SC, San Antonio, TX, Tidewater, VA, Cheboygan, MI, and the National Capital Region. For additional information on ISHPI, please visit For information about our CMMIDEV/5 appraisal, please visit


ISHPI Acquires Advanced Information Services Inc.

AIS’s CyberSmithed™ Software to Add Depth to ISHPI’s i-Holistic CyberStance™ Strategy

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC and PEORIA, IL – 10 November 2014

Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc. (DBA ISHPI), a forward-leaning four-time Inc. 500|5000 Defense and Federal Cyber and Information Dominance (ID) company, today announced the acquisition of Advanced Information Services Inc. (DBA AIS), a globally recognized leader in Software Development Quality and winner of the 2013 Government Information Security Leadership Award (GISLA) for secure software lifecycle practices and the IEEE Computer Society Software Process Achievement Award.  The acquisition, final on 31 October 2014, adds Cyber-Secure Software Development depth and dimension to ISHPI’s i-Holistic CyberStance™ Strategy. AIS will serve current and future customers as the Advanced Information Services (AIS) division of ISHPI.

Girish Seshagiri, founder and CEO of AIS, joins ISHPI as Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Cyber-Secure SoftwareVisionary.  Seshagiri is a globally recognized thought leader and a highly respected speaker, coach, and instructor in software assurance, software quality management, software process improvement, and knowledge management methods, and the architect of several disruptive innovations and strategic initiatives, including High Velocity Development℠ (AIS’s proprietary, CMMI DEV ML 5 appraised, hybrid Agile process) and the CyberSmithed™ and ActiveDefense i-Software™ development processes. An outspoken advocate of mandating firm fixed price, performance based software development guaranteed by a lifetime warranty against defects in Federal contracting, Seshagiri is the author of such visionary white papers as “Emerging Cyber Threats Call for a Change in the ‘Deliver Now, Fix Later’ Culture of Software Development,” and has been asked to speak in committee meeting and acquisition-oriented federal venues regarding his recommendations for improving software quality, software security, and software development success in the Federal marketspace.

“The amalgamation of two truly unique, front running technology innovators who have independently focused on opposite sides of the Cyber Threat coin will bring together—for the first time in one singularly focused organization—the people, processes, tools, talent, and vision to engineer enduring Cyber safe solutions for the information and information infrastructure of our nation,” said Seshagiri. “No longer will customers pay to have applications developed and then pay to have them fixed and debugged and then pay again to continually fortify their information and infrastructure against emerging and evolving cyber vulnerabilities.  This union enables the engineered development of ‘cyber security guaranteed’ capabilities with quality and security guaranteed by a lifetime warranty against software defects.”

“The addition of technology visionary Girish Seshagiri and his extremely talented, accomplished, award winning team of cyber-secure software pioneers adds a capstone element to ISHPI’s i-Holistic CyberStance™ Strategy by adding even more depth and wholeness to our i-Holism™ product and service offerings. It will be a pleasure to work with Girish to introduce disruptive innovation to the Federal Software Development marketspace by unleashing new CyberSmithed™, ActiveDefense i-Software™ that continues to define and enable new mission-ready capabilities for our customers, our nation and the defenders of our homeland,” said Noah T. Leask, ISHPI’s Chairman and CEO.  “We look forward to continuing to provide meaningful, ever-more impactful contributions to the security of our nation and the safety of her citizens.”

About AIS

AIS has maintained a laser focus on harmoniously interweaving repeatable quality innovations into the development, modernization, operations, and maintenance of software systems since 1986. High Velocity Development℠, AIS’s proprietary hybrid Agile process, has established the industry benchmark for schedule, cost, and quality performance and has a proven track record of consistently delivering complex, “cyber security guaranteed” software solutions on time, within budget, and virtually defect-free. AIS delivers applications and systems spanning the gamut of technical, functional, and deployment domains for government and commercial customers including SPAWAR, NAVAIR, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of the Treasury, Selective Service System, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Education, Microsoft, and Intuit.  For additional information about AIS or the AIS Software Center of Excellence in Peoria, IL, please visit or

ISHPI Among Top Ten Best-Performing Large Companies in South Carolina

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc. (DBA ISHPI) was honored by SC BIZ News and CertusBank as the tenth best-performing large company in South Carolina for 2014 at the annual Roaring Twenties awards ceremony.  This marks ISHPI’s third consecutive year making the Roaring Twenties list.  The honor distinguishes the state’s best-performing companies (20 large companies and 20 small companies), based on both dollar and percentage increases in revenue from 2012-2013.  The awards event was held in Columbia on October 30th and attended by South Carolina’s top business leaders who gathered to celebrate the best-performing companies in the state where the winners were announced in an exciting countdown format.  Profiles of the winning companies will be published in the winter issue of SC BIZ Magazine.

We are again honored to be named to the Roaring Twenties list which represents the best of the collective engine that is leading South Carolina to continued economic prosperity,” said Michael Beadle, ISHPI’s Vice President and COO.  He attributes ISHPI’s continued growth and success to “a diverse customer base, a committed management team driving divisional and departmental momentum, and innovative and loyal employees which all supports our objective to maintain a partnership-based relationship with our Government clients that helps solve their needs with the best possible value.”

ISHPI Ranks Fifth on the 2014 SC 25 Fastest-Growing Companies List

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC- Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc. (DBA ISHPI) has been named the fifth fastest-growing South Carolina company on the SC 25 Fastest-Growing Companies list, moving up two slots in our second consecutive showing on the list. The SC 25 competition is the annual ranking of the Palmetto State’s 25 most dynamic and successful companies. Now in its 14th year, this competition recognizes the achievements of top-performing private and publicly-owned companies that have contributed to South Carolina’s economy through exceptional increases in revenues and employment. The awards event was founded as a way to honor the state’s most dynamic businesses and their contributions to our state’s economic vitality and has arguably become South Carolina’s most sought-after recognition for rapidly-growing companies. This year’s top 25 highest ranking companies were honored at a statewide luncheon held October 21st in Columbia, SC, where the rankings were revealed to honorees, sponsors, and guests.

“While it is certainly an honor to be recognized again for our sustained growth and dynamic success as a South Carolina business, it is an even greater honor to be able to use our success to ensure the economic stability and vitality of the many, many employees and their families who have worked so hard to earn us the respect of our customers and clients,” said Earl D. Bowers, ISHPI’s President and CSO. “This would not have been possible without the unwavering dedication, support and loyalty of the entire ISHPI family.”

ISHPI has been named one of the 40 Best-Performing Companies in SC for 2014 by SC Biz News

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc., (DBA ISHPI) has been named a 2014 South Carolina Biz News (SC Biz News) Roaring Twenties winner as one of twenty best-performing businesses in the Large Company category in the state of South Carolina, making this year ISHPI’s 3rd consecutive year being recognized on the annual list.  This honor distinguishes the state’s best-performing companies (20 large companies and 20 small companies), based on both dollar and percentage increases in revenue from 2012-2013.  In order to qualify for the Roaring Twenties honor, companies must be headquartered in South Carolina and be a for-profit entity or a nonprofit organization. Company size is determined by gross revenue:  $10 million and under in revenue for small companies and an excess of $10 million to qualify as a large company. This award comes on the heels of ISHPI being ranked on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list for the fourth consecutive year. “We are humbled by being recognized as one of South Carolina’s best-performing businesses for the third year in a row,” said Claire Murchison, ISHPI’s Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. “We can only attribute this distinction to the hard work and tireless dedication of our employees. They give our mission meaning as they deliver the solutions that make our clients successful and growth possible.” All forty winners will be honored at an event on Oct 30th at the Marriott in Columbia, SC. Profiles of the winning companies will be published in the winter issue of SCBIZ Magazine.

ISHPI Marks Fourth Consecutive Year on the Inc. 5000

NEW YORK, August 20, 2014 — Inc. magazine today ranked ISHPI NO. 1571 on the annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, marking ISHPI’s fourth consecutive year on the Inc. 5000 listing.  The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.


For 33 years, Inc. has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies in America into a very exclusive club.  The average company on the list grew a mind-boggling 516 percent.  “Those are results most businesses could only dream of”, Says Eric Schurenberg, President and Editor in Chief of Inc. Magazine.  As an Inc. 5000 honoree, ISHPI shares a pedigree with such powerhouses as Microsoft, Under Armour, Jamba Juice and other notable alumni.


“It’s an honor to be recognized for our fast-paced growth during four consecutive years of difficult economic times.  It validates our core belief that a driven, socially responsible company that treats is customers fairly and employees well can thrive in any business environment.” said Earl D. Bowers, ISHPI’s President and Chief Strategy Officer.


About the Inc. 5000

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders.  Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today.  For more information, visit

ISHPI CEO Named Outstanding Alumni by Strayer University

Mt. Pleasant, SC – Noah T. Leask, Chairman and CEO of Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc. (DBA ISHPI), was presented the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award from Strayer University during the regional graduation ceremony held at the Verizon Center on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Washington D.C.  The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes and honors a highly accomplished Strayer graduate who not only demonstrates exceptional leadership in his or her professional, public and personal life, but takes daily strides to aid the improvement of others and selflessly makes contributions to the local community.

Mr. Leask earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Networking in Washington, DC in 2004.  Since that time, he has personally donated countless hours serving not only his local community of Mt. Pleasant, SC, but also his hometown of Cheboygan, MI. Mr. Leask truly believes in the value of today’s youth and has established a number of programs to aid and empower those who are willing to work hard to achieve success.  As he co-founded ISHPI, his vision of making a difference became top priority and thus created four community service programs within TeamISHPI – 1) the ISHPI Warrior Program (Veterans of all Branches aiding in counseling, mentoring, professional growth, establishing veteran-owned or service disabled veteran-owned businesses), 2) the ISHPI Exceptional People Program (Mr. Leask is a Board member of the Special Olympics of South Carolina, Tri-County Autism Puzzle Place Academy TCAPPA, Rein & Shine equine therapy, College of Charleston Realizing Educational and Career Hopes (REACH) Program providing intellectual disabled students opportunities to achieve their personal potentials, and the Charleston Area Special Olympics/Mount Pleasant Recreation Departments Unified Athletics program (MPRD) focusing on providing children with disabilities to participate, train and compete in team sports), 3) the ISHPI Native American Pride Program (Established in 2013, the Noah Leask Family Scholarship annually grants a minimum of twenty $1,000 scholarships to the Sault Tribe Higher Education Program for students enrolled in college full time towards an Undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university and the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of SC (AICCSC) Youth scholarships) and 4) the ISHPI “Save Second Base” Program (Designed to support the National Breast Cancer Foundations fight against break cancer).

His most recent personal awards include: 2013 CEO of the Year Award Winner from CEO World Awards, 2013 SBA National Small Business Award Winner as the Small Business Personal of the Year 1st Runner Up and 2013 SBA South Carolina Small Business Person of the Year.  While the awards on the wall show the growing achievements of Mr. Leask, his most valuable award will not be found on paper but can be seen in faces of the adults and youth whose lives he has touched.

ISHPI CAO Honored as a 2014 Forty under 40 Award Winner!

Mt. Pleasant, SC – VP and CAO Claire Murchison of Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc. (DBA ISHPI) has been named a recipient of the 2014 Charleston Regional Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” award.  Awardees will be recognized at an exclusive event to be held at Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant, Thursday, April 10th, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Every year the Charleston Regional Business Journal “Forty Under 40” award recognizes a select group of young professionals who have excelled in their professional endeavors and who have made lasting contributions to their community.  The award recognizes recipients as the future of our community and celebrates their commitment to professional, personal and philanthropic endeavors and a well-rounded lifestyle that focuses on work and community.   “ISHPI’s rapid growth and outstanding reputation would not have been achievable without Claire’s leadership, devotion and hard work each and every step of the way,” said Noah Leask, ISHPI’s Chairman and CEO.  “Her positive impact is felt and emulated throughout the entire company.”

Noah Leask Honored in the 2013 Annual CEO World Awards

Noah T. Leask of Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc. (DBA ISHPI) was selected as one of the CEO of the Year award winners in the prestigious 2013 CEO World Awards. CEO World Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring CEOs and Companies of all types and sizes in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America. The coveted CEO World Awards program encompasses the world’s best in leadership, innovation, organizational performance, new products and services, CEO case studies, and customer satisfaction programs from every major industry in the world. Organizations from all over the world submit nominations including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups. This year, over 200 CEO’s and more than 30 judges from a broad spectrum of industries from around the world participated in the selection of awardees and their scoring determined the 2013 CEO World Award winners.

Noah T. Leask is a Service Disabled Veteran with over ten years of wartime service in the U.S. Navy conducting global operations supporting National Defense where he played a critical role in providing the Nation and the U.S. Navy with Cyber, Information, Signals, and Information Technology Dominance as a deployed member of the U.S. Naval Security Group Command afloat and ashore. Mr. Leask has been recognized as a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2013 National Small Business Award Winner, the 2013 South Carolina Small Business Person of the Year, a two-time Top 10 American Indian Entrepreneur by Inc. Magazine (#1 in South Carolina 2011-2012), a National Leader in job creation, and as the SBA 2009 Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year for South Carolina and the Southeast Region for his work in support of veterans, wounded warriors, and veteran-owned businesses nationwide. He was honored as one of the 2010 Charleston Regional Business Journals “Forty under 40″ which acknowledges recipients as the future of the community and celebrates their commitment to professional, personal and philanthropic endeavors, including a well-rounded lifestyle that focuses on work and community.

“I’m honored at being recognized as a winner by CEO World Awards,” said Noah Leask. “It is a blessing be able to create jobs in our great nation and build a healthy thriving company. With the help of this recognition and our many outstanding ISHPI employees and partners we will continue to work to create more and meet our client’s missions.”

Inc. Hire Power Awards Honors ISHPI As One Of The Top Job Creators In SC

Mt. Pleasant, SC – Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc. (DBA ISHPI) has been honored as an Inc. Hire Power awardee for the second consecutive year.  The 2013 Hire Power Awards recognizes private businesses that have generated the most jobs over an 18 month span from January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.  ISHPI ranks amongst the impressive crop of companies that have created 51,327 jobs in 18 months—keeping the economy moving forward.  ISHPI was honored in the Top in the State category ranking #3 in SC and also in the Top in the Industry category for IT Services ranking #18 in the nation.


“We are honored to be recognized for the second year in a row by Inc. as one of the top private businesses creating jobs in South Carolina,” said Claire Murchison, Vice President of Human Resources and Administration. “ISHPI continues to look ahead and find new ways to grow and expand our employee base,” she said. “It is no secret that our employees are our reason for success. They are the personification of our culture which is built on our guiding principles of integrity, excellence, and devotion. They give our mission meaning as they deliver the solutions that make our clients successful and future growth possible.”


Inc. is the only major business media brand aimed solely at fast-growing private companies. The Hire Power Awards, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will appear in Inc.’s December/January issue, as well as the brand’s web site,