As the dust settles down and the G Cloud emerges, a key success factor which is potentially emerging everywhere is for the Cloud solution to be fully integrated than individual parts. Smart Govts are deciding along the same course. This has been borne out of the recent article in Forbes as well.
One Washington, D.C.-based privately-held company, IQ Business Group (IQBG), has led the way in bringing one of the largest federal agencies, the Department of the Interior (DOI), into the 21st century.
Last year the company scored a $53 million contract with the DOI, the federal agency that is responsible for federal land and natural resource conservation. The eight-year contract for IQBG’s software as a service (SaaS) platform is part of DOI’s IT Transformation initiative, which is expected to save $100 million annually. Known as the eMail,Enterprise Records, and Document ManagementSystem (eERDMS), the platform captures and auto-classifies (stores in folders according to subject) 100% of a staggering 75 million e-mails per month. One impressive feat: it took only 45 days for IQBG to get eERDMS up and running for the DOI, which has nearly 100,000 employees nationwide. This compressed time to going live illustrates the advantage of software based solutions: cost savings.
Michael Beck, IQBG’s CEO, notes that his company’s contract with the DOI is among the largest information technology initiatives in the federal government. “We’re the first to provide a comprehensive solution for e-mail archiving and journaling for an entire cabinet level agency,” he says, “and our competitors [which include companies such as IBM] do not have a fully-integrated product in production like ours that includes auto classification, record keeping and eDiscovery support.”
The DOI contract has helped IQBG expand its public sector practice, which includes state, local and higher education clients, from 30% of revenues to 65% of revenues. And the company’s SaaS offering has led to impressive growth — Beck says IQBG’s total revenues have grown “in excess” of 100% over the past few years, and total information captured and processed by the company has grown from 10-15 terabytes in 2012 to an estimated 75 terabytes (eHow.com equates a single terabyte as equivalent to about 143 million pages of stored Microsoft MSFT +0.39% Word documents).