Acquisition Planning Module (APM)
Business Transformation, Cloud Platforms Case Study
The GSA Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is the leading provider of best value products and services to Federal Government customers. The FAS Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) sponsored the Acquisition Planning Module (APM) project, a FAS modernization initiative, to create a collaborative online platform to expedite acquisition planning with greater efficiency and effectiveness. With this system, acquisition planning would no longer need planners and contracting officers to do laborious keyed inputs and manual pulls from multiple data repositories or coordinate multiple levels of approval to meet FAR regulations.
Karsun supports Lockheed Martin in providing thought leadership to identify IT systems requiring modernization through technology innovations with multiple cloud environments. Karsun and Lockheed Martin work closely with various stakeholders and other GSA contract vendors in a “one team” paradigm to identifying improvement opportunities and keep outcomes closely aligned to GSA’s business objectives. Karsun supported Lockheed Martin with the creation of proven frameworks and methodologies built using leading practices in Business Process Management (BPM) and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) while maximizing GSA‘s investment in different cloud initiatives. Karsun Solutions helped with gradually infusing innovative technologies to help create new business processes on the fly, through inexpensive, timely and multiple use development. Implementing risk-managed iterative approach and Rapid Application Development (RAD) methodologies, Karsun has successfully supported Lockheed Martin with the development and delivery of enterprise services in manageable increments.
The project employs best of breed technologies like Google Docs Software-as-Service (SaaS) for its collaborative drafting, Appian Business Platform Management (BPM) Platform-as-Services (PaaS) for approval routing to usher in a cloud based social enterprise applications in GSA. This solution provides an innovation architecture leveraging cloud platforms (SaaS and PaaS) thereby enabling agility for GSA FAS.