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As government agencies continue to invest in technologies, platforms and systems that collect far-ranging data, GovCon firms are accelerating efforts to innovate tools for processing the increasing amount of information into actionable outputs.In Executive Mosaic‘s recently released Fall issue of GovCon Exec Magazine, Mobility + Security: Meeting the Challenge, we’ve taken another in-depth look at the practice of predictive analysis, the strides GovCon firms are making to make information more digestible for federal customers and, most importantly, what innovations are next.
Whether tracking criminals using geospatial data or leveraging big data to forecast medical emergencies, GovCon firms’ capabilities in predictive analytics are paying dividends to the government and taxpayers.
The government is increasing its support for those efforts and has pledged $250 million annually to big data R&D, including a DARPA initiative, despite budget uncertainties.
Bob Kipps writes in his capital markets analysis for GovCon Exec, “Managing through the Tunnel“, that contractors can look for upturns in big data and analytics as government budgets also have growth potential in the interrelated fields of cybersecurity, cloud computing and mobility, among others.
Kipps says M&A deals are slightly down in the first half of 2012 compared to 2010 and 2011, but have accelerated over the second half of the year led by large firms adjusting to those market movements.He predicts that the current “low-cost” government trend will wane and that to reach a profitable destination in the current market, companies must focus on differentiation, ingenuity and depth in their offerings.
For these insights and more, pick up your copy of GovCon Exec today.
Sashi Reddi on CSC Acquiring Big Data Analytics Specialist 42Six
CSC has bought Maryland big data firm 42six, a company that specializes in analytics and advanced applications for intelligence and defense customers.
“Data services and analytics capabilities are rapidly becoming essential elements of commercial and government operations, and these product offerings hold unmistakable benefits to the intelligence community,” said Sashi Reddi, CSC vice president for big data and analytics.
Reddi added that the acquisition will provide big data and property rights to customers and add intelligence developers to the CSC team.
This acquisition comes after CSC acquired iSoft in 2011 to bolster its health IT customer base and intellectual property portfolio.
BAE Systems Inc. CEO Linda Hudson on New Sector, Org Heads Erwin Bieber & Frank Pope
BAE Systems will soon elevate two of its own in its executive ranks, naming Frank Pope, president of land and armaments, to president of the enterprise shared services organization and Erwin Bieber, VP & GM for business operations in intelligence and security, as his successor.
Linda Hudson, president and CEO, said Pope will develop and implement a vision for his new organization and Bieber will take over the land and armaments business operations at a critical time.
Both executives joined the company in 2007 with Pope joining from General Dynamics while Bieber began his career as a civilian for the Navy.
Dan Allen on CACI’s Prime $247M C4ISR Contract Win
CACI International will help the Army prototype technology for C4ISR operations and conduct R&D work for new command and control concepts and technologies as an awardee on a potential $247 million IDIQ.
The Arlington-based contractor will perform additional R&D work at the firm’s Aberdeen Proving Ground facility into portable power sources.
Dan Allen, CACI president and CEO, said the win aligns with the contractor’s goal to “provide comprehensive information solutions and services” to government clients.
“It’s clear that a key component of this new work for the Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center is the efficient processing and dissemination of information for forward operating forces,” he added.
Reggie Van Allen on Booz Allen’s 35 Healthcare Wins in August and September
During August and September, Booz Allen Hamilton took in $112 million across 35 contracts to work with federal healthcare agencies and private organizations.
This set of awards for project management and information technology support, among other areas, includes contracts from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the National Institutes of Health and theNavy/Marine Corps Public Health Center.
Reggie Van Lee, EVP and federal health business lead, said clients use these contracts to “develop solutions in a complex and evolving healthcare environment.”