Several years ago, GDIT recognized a number of emerging trends impacting development work within Government agencies. At the same time, these agencies were beginning to adopt some of the same technologies as the commercial sector. Developers conversant in these technologies were attracted to the types of open environments more common in the commercial space.
Against the backdrop of these two seemingly at-odds realities, GDIT looked for an innovative solution. We asked ourselves:
How can we support our customers’ missions while also tapping into new development capabilities? And can we do it without sacrificing agility or security, and without introducing new costs?
We knew if we could access previously untapped pools of talent, we could leverage that talent to implement mission-driven solutions for customers.
Our answer was to build a complete, four-part ecosystem of proven capabilities that could be applied separately, or together. The ecosystem included a customizable mix of rapidly deployable teams; facilities space; secure technology that provided fast, flexible deployment across a variety of tasks; and access to the GDIT Mission Innovation Center (MIC).
With this approach, we enabled developers to perform as much of their work as possible in a collaborative environment, and then port their solutions to secured spaces. Most important, it enabled us to support our customers’ missions during unpredictable times.
In the spring of 2020, as the global COVID-19 pandemic upended nearly every element of how we all work, this ecosystem approach allowed us to continue working for our customers – whether in our locations or theirs. We’ve always excelled at supporting the customer in demanding, dynamic, and mission-critical environments. The pandemic, and our readiness to deliver this innovative solution, brought new depth and dimension to that ability.
Additionally, as the pandemic forced many companies to suspend their internship programs, this framework enabled us to double down on ours. We kept our commitment to our interns and put them to work in this remote environment. As a result, many of them were able to deliver mission-adjacent solutions for our customers.
Today, this development approach is being used for:
We also use this development approach to evaluate customer software or software they’re considering using. We use it to ensure our developers can gain an understanding of the software on government networks, dramatically accelerating our ability to bring new capabilities to customers.
This approach also allows customers to tap into our environment and our development teams. The infrastructure mirrors the customer’s, so portability is rarely an issue. Customers can interact with our teams in this environment, and then transfer work seamlessly.
Another benefit is transparency. Our customers can see and monitor our software development work and can ask questions, provide guidance or offer context along the way.
The best part is that this is just one element of our mission-driven solutions portfolio.
To learn more about this tested, proven and secure development approach that offers mode flexibility and lower cost, contact us.