The federal government plans to spend more than $90 billion on Information Technology in fiscal year 2019. Unfortunately for taxpayers and IT users alike, these investments have historically resulted in inferior products and services, frequent delays, small to massive budget overruns, dissatisfied and dismayed customers, and most tragically, to mission failures. The situation is so dire that GAO itself has identified IT Acquisitions and Operations as a High-Risk Issue. In light of these challenges, GAO added improving the management of IT acquisitions and operations to its list of high-risk areas for the federal government.
Our approach to IT Acquisition is grounded in two concepts. First, we serve the Contracting Officer (CO) and their vision, first and foremost. We bridge the gap for many COs, helping to bring IT and Contracting together using our expertise in each. Second, we execute rigorous and detailed processes to ensure the highest quality products to meet the high-quality standards of the COs. To do so, we execute the full range of IT Acquisition Support services including market research, development of statements of work or performance work statements, independent government cost estimates, other solicitation components, and various support activities at direction of the Contracting Officer.
We believe that success in IT Acquisition begins with Market Research. The fact is that our Government does not have the resources or expertise that industry has. Market research is how we tap into that expertise to better understand the “art of the possible,” and the choices we can make when shaping our requirements. And it’s not always enough to write a compelling Request for Information (RFI) with targeted, technical questions. We may want to talk to industry. We may want to conduct technical interchange meetings (TIM) where we can converse with industry partners and learn what we don’t know. And we can use these insights to shape our procurement from top to bottom.
The best response needs to rely on a combination of written materials and oral presentations made by the offeror’s key personnel. Relying only on written proposals should make us ask the question, “who wrote it?” It could have been anyone but the delivery team. So how do we know that the delivery team is expert is delivering that specific solution. That’s where oral presentations come into play. We can require the key personnel to be present and demonstrate their expertise in the specific solution or approach. If the nature of the Requirements permits, we can ask the offeror to do a demonstration, or show a prototype, or exhibit a technology solution. All of these methods are far superior to relying exclusively on a written proposal with unknown authorship.
Our approach starts with a thorough understanding of our clients’ business needs, which guide our decisions as we design and develop lasting solutions for them. We have extensive experience using both agile and waterfall methodologies, and building both custom and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) applications using just about any technology stack.
Our software engineering teams of highly-skilled and versatile project managers, business analysts, and software developers allow us to do more with less and result in significant cost and time savings for our clients. We build secure, scalable, and user-friendly applications.
We have the expertise to make Business Intelligence work for your organization. We transform your data into meaningful information that provides accurate and deeper insight into your business. Our expertise spans a range of methodologies, processes, technologies, and covers the full life cycle of your data. This translates into better strategic, tactical, and operational decisions…which means better performance.
If your organization is already committed to certain BI technologies, we can make them work for you. DL consultants understand the challenges of implementing BI and can help you build consensus to stay on track. Our range of BI Services span the following areas:
- BI Strategy
- Data Warehouse Architecture
- Data Governance
- BI Vendor & Tool Evaluation
- Dashboard & Report Development
- Data Mining
- Analytic Models & Applications
- ETL Development & Optimization
- Master Data Management
- Metadata Management
- Data Security