Octo Consulting Group, a government contractor based in McLean, VA, recently won the Contractor of the Year GovCon Award for firms with less than $25 million in revenue, according to the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (FCCC) Web site. The FCCC, Professional Services Council, and Washington Technology sponsored the 10th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards, which took place on November 1, 2012.
Other winners in higher revenue bands include: Blue Canopy Group ($25-75 million), CALIBRE Systems ($75-300 million), and Sotera Defense Systems (Greater than $300 million).
According to the company LinkedIn profile, Octo was founded in 2006 and has approximately 76 employees. Octo provides technology and management consulting services to Federal agencies and other businesses. Specifically, Octo provides enterprise and solution architecture, acquisition engineering, and technology and solutions. Please see below for a brief overview of these services.
Enterprise (EA) and Solution Architecture (SA)
Octo helps Federal agencies choose the right architecture with consideration of business needs and industry trends.
John Wu, an EA expert and contributor to Toolbox.com, highlights the difference between EA and SA: Think of EA as the professional foresight needed to match the appropriate technology with the appropriate long-term trend.
As Wu explains, the difference between EA and SA is like choosing the correct vehicle for a specific purpose versus building a vehicle from scratch. The engineers (SA) can build a diesel truck, however, the project may call for a small car to fit underneath a bridge or to weave through narrow roads.
In the end, the car might not be the right fit for the occasion. This is what EA provides: The correct architecture for the appropriate business need. Both EA and SA are necessary, as the appropriate car has to be both chosen and built. In other words, they work hand-in-hand.
This process can be long, complicated and full of loopholes. According to the Federal Acquisition Institute, federal acquisition is the process by which Federal agencies make purchases. The process includes “traditional contract functions, requirements definition, assessment and oversight of contract performance, and technical and management direction.”
Octo assists Federal agencies with this process, covering areas like implementing acquisition based on performance, speeding up the acquisition process, controlling the seemingly arbitrary usage of expensive work orders outside of the contract, and putting together a central plan should anything go wrong with the transition from one service provider to the next.
Technology and Solutions
For an agency, this answers the question of how to implement a new technology: How does an agency move their system to a new data center? The agency might want to deploy a new set of mobile devices to their employees or might have tons of data, which management does not know how to effectively harness in a quick, inexpensive way. According to its site, Octo provides the “solution breadth and depth needed to help you transform your organization into an Agile, On-Demand organization.” The firm uses “technology to deliver innovation at every point in your enterprise that delivers results, from mobile devices to global data centers.”
• Inc. 500: Ranked 2nd fastest growing company in DC Metro and 23rd fastest growing company in the nation.
• Washington Technology: Ranked 2nd on the “Fast 50” list of top small businesses in the government market
• Annual SECAF Awards Gala: Named 2012 Government Contractor of the Year