SI Systems Technologies has selected business process management (BPM) software developer, Appian, as its partner to bid for all of the US Air Force's (USAF) Network-Centric Solutions II (NETCENTS-2) Application Services (Small Business Companion (SB)) contracts.
David Doherty, SI Systems Technologies' programme manager, said the BPM software provides a rapid, cost-effective option for the development of government information technology (IT) solutions when compared to legacy software development solutions.
"The flexibility, zero-coding design and modern mobility and social collaboration capabilities of the Appian platform will be a strategic asset in our NETCENTS-2 contract bids," Doherty added.
Marc Wilson, Appian Global Partnerships vice president, said BPM is currently in use by over 40 federal agencies for increased transparency, enhanced collaboration and accelerated time-to-market in their IT modernisation efforts.
"By supporting SI Systems Technologies in their NETCENTS-2 contract bids, we hope to spread those benefits throughout the U.S. Air Force," Wilson added.
SI Systems, along with 11 other companies, received the right to bid for up to $960m of NETCENTS-2 multiple award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts, which are aimed at providing IT services to USAF personnel to help improve daily operations and warfighting missions.
Denise Baylor, the USAF's executive officer for business and enterprise systems small business programs director, said the NETCENTS-2 contract represents a significant opportunity for small businesses to support air force's information technology requirements.
"As a whole, the NETCENTS-2 strategy shows a commitment to maintaining a viable small business industrial base for future Air Force needs," Baylor added.
The NETCENTS-2 ID/IQ contracts cover the supply of a variety of IT network-centric and telephony products, services and solutions, such as net-centric operations and missions, including traditional infrastructure, networks, systems and operations, in addition to meeting emerging needs based on the AF Chief Information Officer's (CIO's) service oriented architecture (SOA) construct.
A streamlined, enterprise-supported contract vehicle is provided by the NETCENTS-2 Application Services (SB) to enable amalgamation of several existing base-level contracts for Operations and Maintenance (O&M) activities.