Booz Allen boosts DoD partnership with military grade IT solutions contract

15 May 2018 Consulting.us

Booz Allen has consolidated its consulting partnership with the US Department of Defense after being awarded a series of lucrative contracts. The global management consulting firm is known to clients worldwide for its extensive expertise in defense-sector IT and cybersecurity solutions.

The US Defense Informations Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded management consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton a position on a $17.5 billion contract to provide Information and Communication System IT Solutions. Specialists from the Virginia-headquartered consulting firm will help the DISA secure a globally accessible information infrastructure that meets stringent Department of Defense (DoD) requirements.

Booz Allen is one of 20 companies to be awarded a position on the ten-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. Others include 22nd Century Technologies, Ace Info Solutions, and Netcentrics – each of which offer IT consulting and/or solutions. Together the contractors will help DISA – a combat support agency of the DOD – fulfil its remit of providing information-sharing capabilities to joint warfighters, national leaders, and relevant mission and coalition partners.

"We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with DISA to provide DoD with enhanced communications, cybersecurity, software development, and cloud professional services to the U.S. warfighter,” said Steven Harrell, vice president at Booz Allen.

“Our experienced staff combine technology and functional expertise with our consulting heritage to deliver the enhanced IT systems DISA, DoD, and Federal agencies need. We look forward to working with DISA to ensure that our nation’s leaders and warfighters have access to capabilities that facilitate decisive national security actions.”

Booz Allen consolidates DoD partnershipThe substantial DISA award comes as Booz Allen is drafted in by a wide range of defense sector actors to provide IT solutions and consulting services. In April 2018, the firm – which previously aided the transformation of the US Navy into an unrivalled maritime force in WWII – was awarded a spot on a $998 million IDIQ contract to provide technical support to the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC).

Support will take place in Elgin, Florida at the 96th Test Wing air-delivered weapons evaluation hub. The facility ensures that weaponry, navigations, and command and control systems are performing optimally before being dispatched to the front lines. Rex Jordan, vice president at Booz Allen, said, “It is critical to identify and solve potential vulnerabilities in system design during the development phase in order to keep both soldiers and civilians safe.”

“Backed by our team’s deep technical expertise in engineering and applied science, we look forward to expanding our partnership with the Air Force to establish testing mechanisms that will ensure the tools our soldiers depend on perform seamlessly when unforeseeable events arise that threaten U.S. national security.”

In March, the consulting firm was hired to leverage its analytics, AI, systems integration, cyber and disease protection expertise to support the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (CBRND) community. As well, in January Booz Allen was recruited to offer support services to USCYBERCOM, a key unit of the DoD’s Strategic Command.

Booz Allen is far from alone among leading consulting firms which work closely with US Aerospace and Defense (A&D) sector agencies. Deloitte and Accenture are ranked among the top 100 federal government contractors, while McKinsey has its own Aerospace & Defense practice. Meanwhile, Bain’s Washington DC team has recently expanded its A&D expertise through investment in human capital.

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Deloitte to collaborate with Google Cloud on raft of new solutions

17 April 2019 Consulting.us

Accounting and consulting firm Deloitte will work with Google Cloud to create an array of solutions for the life sciences and healthcare, financial services, and retail sectors. The announcement was made at the annual Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco.

Deloitte has an especially strong partnership with Google Cloud, having been named its Global Services Partner of the Year for two years running. Google Cloud is among the leading enterprise cloud platforms, alongside the offerings of industry heavyweights such as Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM.

Deloitte currently provides a number of industry-specific solutions build on the Google Cloud platform, targeting areas like big data and analytics, machine learning, application services, SAP, and security. Deloitte leverages its existing technology and industry-specific expertise to build solutions on Google’s powerful open-source software. It’s a common exercise for many consulting firms – turning the raw material of a platform or ecosystem into a useful finished product for diverse clients, possibly as part of a wider overall advisory package.Deloitte to collaborate with Google Cloud on raft of new solutionsThe consulting firm will now deliver new Google Cloud solutions to clients in three pivotal sectors. In life sciences and healthcare, Deloitte will offer solutions targeting biomedical research, operations optimization, and healthcare data modernization. Within financial services, the firm will help banking, insurance, and investment management companies convert ideas into profitable strategies though Google’s high-performance computing and applied AI. Deloitte will also offer leading-edge solutions to help detect financial crimes.

The retail sector, meanwhile, will be able to benefit from advanced consumer insights and engagement, more connected supply chains, and efficient and modern commerce infrastructure.

"We are thrilled to make this commitment with Google Cloud to bring the power of its leading technologies to our enterprise clients," Janet Foutty, chair and CEO, Deloitte Consulting and chair-elect, said. "Together, we plan to transform operating models across these key sectors by harnessing the power of cloud technologies and the extensive industry-specific knowledge and experience of our practitioners."

Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud CEO, added, “Deloitte's reputation for enterprise transformation makes them an ideal teammate for us as we expand our cloud into new industries and with the world's biggest customers. Industries from health care to financial services to retail share a need to modernize – quickly. We're excited to join with Deloitte and deliver solutions and technology to help them do just that."

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