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.

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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.