"The trend facing the EA landscape is virtualized computing and as such the company has blended its internal network with a virtual private cloud on AWS"
Having realized the trend very early in this stifling competition, ATSG Corporation is democratizing data through cognitive computing for organizations of all sizes. A Veterans Affairs certified, Service- Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), ATSG is headquartered in Fairfax, VA. Founded in 2004, the company provides professional, technical, scientific, management, and administrative support services, from entry to Subject Matter Expert (SME) level, to Department of State (DoS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Justice (DoJ) prime contracts. With the leadership collectively possessing over 50 years of experience in delivering professional services to the federal government, ATSG guides organizations through the business, information, process, and technology changes necessary to execute their strategies.
Cognitive Computing: Transforming EA
Cognitive computing has always been a forerunner in the self-service analytics movement as it can integrate and analyze disparate sources of big data without needing any intervention from data scientists. In this context, Patrick McCollum, President and CEO at ATSG, also points out, “the current technology trend facing the Enterprise Architecture (EA) landscape is virtualized computing and as such ATSG has blended its internal network with a virtual private cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS), harnessing the computing power necessary to develop cutting-edge cognitive computing solutions and data collection platforms.”
ATSG Corporation is democratizing data through cognitive computing for organizations of all sizes
The company stays ahead of competition by emphasizing on continuous research and process improvement. The thought leaders in ATSG believe in mastering latest technologies by constantly evaluating new enterprise systems and improving the company’s program management functions.
Workflow Automation Aiding Integration
In today’s EA environment, businesses are inundated with many competing solutions. Careful selection, configuration, and implementation of solutions into the organizational picture play a pivotal role in achieving the desired outcome. ATSG facilitates careful planning of EA framework by automating its workflow. The company selects solutions that have open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). For instance, the company’s Candidate Application System is integrated with its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to track the entire lifecycle of an employee from the time they submit their resume through interviewing, hiring, on-boarding, performance, and termination. “We use two different solutions from separate vendors and the open API structure allows us to integrate them seamlessly,” highlights McCollum. ATSG has also created proprietary methods to perform meta-analysis of information, to include position descriptions and resumes, enabling them to integrate its platform with third-party solutions. In an instance, for one of its clients, ATSG developed proprietary software that integrates a third party commercial Candidate Application System with its in-house NLP platforms. In this case, ATSG leveraged EA software to meta-tag candidate resumes and match them to position descriptions. By using cognitive computing, the system enhanced the client’s existing architecture solution by accurately placing candidates into pipelines for new and existing positions, thus saving hundreds of hours of recruiting time.
By exhibiting unprecedented expertise in helping organizations effectively achieve their current and future objectives, ATSG has become the preferred provider of project management and IT to the United States Government (USG). The company performs strategic planning activities for IT processing infrastructure on large scale IT compute platforms.
For instance, ATSG provided project management and IT support for a major US federal agency. By working directly with the department that manages all the main programs, ATSG led the strategic planning activities for IT processing infrastructure on large scale IT compute platforms and delivered project-specific strategic and analytical support. The scope of the engagement included completing technology refresh as well as development, implementation, enhancement, testing, standards, and progression of technology systems.
McCollum credits ATSG’s achievement to the extensive expertise possessed by its IT project management personnel in the areas including technical forecast planning; Earned Value Management (EVM), Integrated Master Scheduling (IMS), engineering, transition, and program management support. Having served in the 3rd Special Forces Group as a communications specialist and combat diver, McCollum places great emphasis on teamwork and believes in acting toward the overall growth of its employees. “Our employees are our greatest assets. By providing certification training, we ensure that our employees offer the highest level of service to our clients,” says McCollum.
Built with an Eye toward Flexibility
With over 20 years of business, military, and technical experience in the federal and commercial sectors, McCollum appreciates and understands that every customer’s mission is different and each has their own unique culture. “Our job is to flex our internal processes to match their needs and we can only do that if our internal systems are built with an eye toward flexibility,” states McCollum. The company exceeds clients’ expectations by actively listening to their needs and proactively adapting its program management to suit their operational requirements. ATSG’s infrastructure relies heavily on automated systems that foster the ability to scale and improve its response time.
In the years to come, ATSG envisions integrating cognitive computing into every facet of its EA, from opportunity identification on the business development side to the full life cycle of employee involvement with the company. “Integrating data science into our architecture will help us extract knowledge or insights from data, both structured and unstructured, making us even more efficient and future-ready,” states McCollum. By seeking to integrate its EA with artificial intelligence in the form of NLP and machine learning, ATSG aims to present signature-ready recommendations to businesses on policies and projects to achieve target business outcomes, fulfilling the very motto— Client’s mission is ATSG’s Focus.