Octo to provide Agile software engineering services to Kessel Run Lab

26 April 2019 (Last Updated April 26th, 2019 11:18)

Octo Consulting has secured a prime contract to provide Agile software engineering services to the US Air Force’s (USAF) Kessel Run Experimentation Lab.

Octo Consulting has secured a prime contract to provide Agile software engineering services to the US Air Force’s (USAF) Kessel Run Experimentation Lab.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) manages the Kessel lab at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts, US. It was officially opened in May last year.

The USAF awarded the contract to continue transforming legacy applications using Cloud-native, 12-factor development techniques.

Additionally, the service is looking to take advantage of the enhanced security and rapid prototyping capability provided by platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology.

Octo is required to provide Agile software engineering expertise to allow the Kessel Run Lab to rapidly refactor legacy applications using microservices, application programme interfaces (APIs) and modern user interfaces.

Kessel Run co-locates product teams, platform teams, subject matter experts, and programme oversight in order to execute its mission.

This approach is aimed at bridging the ‘literal’ and ‘figurative’ gaps between customers, developers, designers, and product owners.

“Our proven experience with PaaS-enabled software engineering and Cloud-native development on mission systems provides reduced risk and immediate impact for the airforce.”

The USAF wants to combine this model with the Pivotal PaaS to ensure rapid delivery of value to end users and move away from legacy development models.

Octo Consulting executive vice-president Jim Vant said: “This is forward-leaning support using the latest technologies and methodologies and is also in direct support of our warfighters.

“This work also allows us to leverage our established targeting and GEOINT capabilities for the benefit of the airforce.”

The contract will allow Octo to expand its support to the USAF.

Octo CEO Mehul Sanghani said: “We believe our proven experience with PaaS-enabled software engineering and Cloud-native development on mission systems provides reduced risk and immediate impact for the airforce.”

In November, the company won a multi-year contract to provide software sustainment and Cloud integration services to USAF financial management.

The company is required to develop, maintain, and sustain the US Air Force Financial Systems Operations (AFFSO) software systems.