Steve Tolbertvice president of business systems CACI Internationalspoke recently GovCon Wire Assisting our government departments in implementing the latest technology and modernizing business systems in relation to the company’s position in the federal market.
In addition, Tolbert discussed the changes government agencies are making to improve their approach to purchasing, and the accelerating demands of the federal market to stay ahead of the technological curve in the most recent period. Admin Spot interview.
“The work we do is huge – for example, nearly the entire Department of Defense annual budget requests CACI-backed leverage systems, we pay government contractors about half a trillion dollars a year, and we build the largest PeopleSoft Human. World Capital Management system for the US Army.”
You can read the full Executive Spotlight interview with Steve Tolbert below:
GovCon Tel: What is CACI’s role in implementing and modernizing business systems for the federal government?
Steve Tolbert: “CACI provides solutions to US Government agencies for a range of key corporate business functions, including Human Capital Management, Financial Management, Budget Management, and Procurement Solutions.
We provide these Business System solutions through a full range of lifecycle services from design, development and deployment to maintenance and retirement. We also leverage our leading capabilities in areas such as Agile/DevSecOps, data analytics, intelligent automation, cloud and ERP at scale. With these solutions, we help accelerate digital transformation across the government.
The work we do is vast – for example, nearly the entire Department of Defense annual budget requests CACI-backed leverage systems, we pay government contractors nearly half a trillion dollars a year, and we build the largest PeopleSoft Human Capital. Management system in the world for the US Army.
Finally, we do this work at scale across all government sectors, including the Defense, Intelligence, and Federal Civilian agencies. The results of our work for the agencies we support include accelerated decision support, clean consecutive financial audits, the ability to respond more quickly to a changing government workforce, safer systems and data, and higher overall productivity.”
GovCon Tel: What changes do you see in this market and how has CACI met the rapidly changing demand? Are you seeing an increase or acceleration due to the pandemic or geopolitical issues?
Steve Tolbert: “Following the confluence of an unprecedented number of national and global issues over the past 24 months, we are seeing significant growth in the need to rapidly transform government IT capabilities with more modern, flexible, secure and scalable architectures.
Specifically, this is the scope of business transformation and related functionality required to support our customers’ growing expectations and the urgency it needs to happen. We have reached a turning point where continued reliance on old ‘systems of systems’ jeopardizes the government’s ability to run, protect and serve our country.
The issues I’m talking about here include fast-moving and potentially existential threats such as the global pandemic, geopolitical unrest, climate change, and social and political unrest.
The impacts of these issues on our industry are far-reaching – rapidly changing requirements and policies, increasing cybersecurity threats, demand for faster decision support in exponentially increasing data warehouses, rapid scaling of processing power, more competition for financing, and higher expectations. audibility and more. This has real implications for the business we do and CACI is responsive.
Our solutions are increasingly adaptable, meaning we create more flexible, modular and combinable solutions, allowing our customers to adapt to changing conditions and needs much faster.
For example, we use our advanced Agile and DevSecOps methodologies to allow for adapting and configuring solutions that can more quickly adapt to changing needs as needed, during deployment and even after.
We work closely with our customers to assess and optimize the tradeoffs between needed changes and the resulting programmatic, technical and cost risks in near real time, providing our customers with deployed solutions that more closely meet their current business needs.
We also see the need for solutions that scale quickly as demand grows and declines (for example, pandemic demand fluctuations in CDC business systems for data collection and analysis). We do this through increased virtualization (think: hyper-scalable cloud architectures) and artificial intelligence that can automatically predict and adjust processing resources to meet changes in demand.
Government agencies are forced to respond to ever-changing cyber threats – solutions must implement “adaptive security”, where threats are expected to evolve faster and across a larger and more diverse surface area – systems should be able to autonomously identify, disrupt, and evade cyber threats in near real time . We use approaches like DevSecOps, Zero Trust, and others to make solution defenses smarter and more flexible.
The user base for government systems has become dramatically more diverse, with different levels of technical proficiency and different expectations for system interaction. Our solutions must be more intuitive, smarter and more configurable to meet this changing demand.
We’re also adding more intelligence to the solutions we deliver, so more tasks become automated and more systems self-react to changes in variables such as cloud resource demand, cyber threats, end-user needs and business processes. Solutions are increasingly self-adapting, self-protective and self-healing.
In summary, we have to constantly innovate to be able to respond to more changes in less time.”
GovCon Tel: How is technology changing the landscape of business systems in the federal market? Are government agencies changing their purchasing approaches to reflect these changes?
Steve Tolbert: “As I explained, business demands from our government clients are changing rapidly and, as a result, so are the core technologies and purchasing approaches they rely on. In response to these and other changes, CACI is enhancing our capabilities using key technologies.
For example, CACI’s Agile Solution Factory (ASF) optimizes Agile software development, delivering the benefits of Agile at enterprise scale. The results of CACI’s ASF on major government programs include increased end-user satisfaction through higher quality and safer software distributed in shorter release cycles and with greater transparency.
CACI also provides some of the most advanced cloud migration and optimization features in the industry. We leverage industry-leading Agile methods to rapidly design and deploy modular cloud solutions that reduce complexity, cost and risk while ensuring security and interoperability.
We protect cloud-hosted infrastructure, protect critical data, identify and mitigate emerging threats, and deliver innovative IaaS, DevSecOps, machine learning and big data solutions that truly transform public IT environments.
In addition, CACI offers advanced analytics capabilities by applying artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) expertise and technology to accelerate productivity and decision making.
Our capabilities quickly analyze data and turn it into decisions that use human technologies in the loop to develop AI models that maximize workforce efficiency, respond automatically, and adaptive for business systems. We improve the quality and speed of decisions.
We also leverage developments with low-code, no-code environments like Salesforce, ServiceNow, Appian and more to streamline business processes in less time and to be customizable by end users. Not only do we see changes in cost of ownership, we see this approach also empowering end users who need some flexibility without requiring more costly development.
Procurement changes we’ve seen at some organizations include greater risk-sharing with contractors (for example, greater use of Firm Fixed Price and other outcome-based models), contract oversight, and some level of contract consolidation and increased emphasis to reduce integration demands. on partnership between developers and system operators to drive better software faster.
The move to results-based models allows contractors like CACI to bring more of these technologies to support their customers’ missions.”
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