Technology is not an end in itself.
In our strategic consulting practice, we’ve seen far too many instances where federal agencies were misled by technology vendors who installed cutting-edge solutions that failed to provide any tangible value. At Ambit, we don’t believe technology is an end in itself- we look at technology differently, using it as a tool to determine the strategic solution to a problem, rather than a tactical answer to a question. Our Technology Solutions practice area builds on the strength of our strategic management expertise – in fact, we believe the best people to manage technology delivery are the same ones who helped design it. Our Technology Solutions practice area is comprised of the same individuals who deliver top-tier C-level consulting to federal managers. They combine detailed knowledge of solutions delivery with a holistic understanding of technology, tailoring its execution specifically for the prescribed solution and its direct benefit to the agency.
The federal government operates some of the largest and most complex databases in the world. While the business applications operate in a dynamic environment, database installation, administration, availability, monitoring and performance tuning are required for optimal performance and operations.
Ambit understands the organizational database needs and the complexity in managing the database environments. We provide an array of services and our experienced, reliable and dedicated team of Database Administrators (DBAs) works across traditional and emerging database technologies with competence in providing highly scalable solutions with committed Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to meet the growing demand for the database needs. By utilizing database server best practices for proactive monitoring and email notifications, issue tracking, and by adhering to Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) principles for applying database changes, we provide end–to-end database support services and deliver solutions of the highest quality that meet your business goals and identify opportunities to leverage technology that alleviates redundancy and increases responsiveness.
Our Database Support Services Comprises:
- Thought leadership and domain expertise
- Operational best practices for database support assimilated from over a decade of demonstrated delivery experience
- Database practice solution platforms across legacy and cutting-edge technologies
- Emerging database technology assessments, solution-building, and proof-of-concepts
- Planning, designing, implementing and supporting all database technologies; benchmarking and process integration
- Varied levels of DBA support services to meet your business need through ITIL best practices for service management
- Applying standard system and database hardening procedures and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) security guidelines
Any development, by nature, means change. At Ambit, our approach to all change is holistic- capturing what is best for the current and future needs of our clients.
Whether application development is web, client, server or a mobile application-based, we recognize adherence to good application development standards and processes that cut across all platforms and all types of end-user solutions. We view development from the standpoint of its applicability across the government spectrum and the viability of a particular product or technology to further our client’s mission.
When we execute a development, it is based solely on meeting a specific objective, or component of an objective. Ours is a mature, repeatable process- disciplined to be technology agnostic. This ensures repeatability and minimal run-time issues once the applications are fielded. Basically, we invest in capabilities that parallel our client’s needs- tying our development to their current, future and long-term needs.
Our consistent discipline ensures customers have everything they need to own the application- from planning, implementing and documenting through providing subsequent support.
Document and Knowledge Management
While every business has a requirement to store documents and records, few understand that Document and Knowledge Management involves a process-centric solution that cannot be addressed merely with tool selection. Purchasing or implementing a tool will not automatically solve every document management issue.
Document and Knowledge Management is a process that goes through a maturation cycle, like any other process. But without proper document retention and content management policies and procedures, even a well-designed document library will soon grow unmanageable and unnavigable.
Ambit helps clients identify and transition to a well-designed document management system that can promote ease in finding and sharing information. A logical content organization promotes knowledge management and information mining, helping organizations meet mandated reporting requirements such as FISMA and FOIA. Continuing our holistic approach, a well-designed document management system provides features at each stage of a document’s life cycle—from template creation, reviewing, auditing, and ultimately searched, consumed and disposed.
Systems Engineering and Administration
Systems architectures are changing across the federal government, driven by tectonic shifts like cloud computing, mobility, and an increasingly sophisticated cyber component. New challenges in systems engineering, administration and integration have emerged with increases in technology complexity.
Ambit views the collective automation of an agency through two lenses – the mandates emerging out of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework and, perhaps more importantly, the strategic objectives and organizational goals of the individual federal agency. Relying on our broad technical expertise, our methodologies are defined by the fact that automated assets translate into a “System of Systems.” Detailed requirements analysis, a keen eye for identifying hidden risks, and the ability to manage varied environments enables us to plan and execute with certainty. But it’s not enough just to meet the mandates. Instead, we always consider an organization’s legacy architecture and mission objectives to manage change, enact smooth transition and position agencies for success.
Framework Development and Management
It is difficult to identify tomorrow’s goals without a clear picture of today’s activities. As the federal government attempts to “do more with less,” agencies are required to streamline processes for faster, quicker, and more cost-effective operations. Ambit helps our clients develop a framework for formalizing their service-delivery lifecycles.
Framework development starts with today- documenting how agencies operate and capturing institutional knowledge to reduce risk and dependence on legacy. We harness an objective view of current SLDCs and frameworks- looking for improvements and designing modifications to create greater efficiency and productivity.
Framework management transitions today into tomorrow. It is the standing up and ongoing management of the revised lifecycle. We ensure the framework is followed, recognize and analyze impacts, and define performance and how it affects the organization.
Before you can “do more with less,”… you must identify what you are currently doing. Only then can applicable solutions lead to efficient and effective processes.