Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

Booz Allen’s Innovation Focus, One Year Later:  Delivering Solutions, Products and Competitive Advantage through Creativity and Partnerships

The ideas come from every direction: voted by employee crowdsourcing to the top of the heap, vetted through a “Combustion Chamber” presentation exercise where only the best concepts get funded, sorted out on the rapid prototyping engineering platform, or selected from work Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH) performs for one client that can solve problems for others.

Since Booz Allen created its 1,800-person Strategic Innovation Group (SIG) to help pivot the firm toward new growth opportunities, the investment has produced strong results. New ideas have led to a suite of products, key partnerships with other innovators, advancements in the fields of data science, cyber security and rapid prototyping, and solutions that are saving lives and preventing potentially devastating cyber attacks.

Today, Booz Allen’s innovations help protect US warfighters against remote-controlled IEDs with signal jamming technology. They provide commercial clients with integrated advanced technology to anticipate, prevent, detect and respond to global cyber threats. And they help the U.S. government detect fraud through the use of data science tradecraft. Many organizations recognize that innovation is a driver of solutions such as these, yet they do not have the resources to incubate the best ideas that can deliver the highest potential to achieving mission success.

Created with an initial $40 million investment to identify, nurture and deliver solutions across the spectrum of defense and intelligence, civil, commercial and international clients, the SIG is a key element of the firm’s Vision 2020 plan to address new growth opportunities.

“Booz Allen created the Strategic Innovation Group to capture the smart thinking that already existed across the firm, take the best new and compelling ideas and build solutions around them that will resonate across the entire spectrum of our clients,” said Karen Dahut, executive vice president and head of the SIG. “Booz Allen’s ability to work across multiple federal and commercial markets allows it to deliver unique and forward-looking solutions and partners, ultimately expanding what is possible and delivering strong return on mission when innovation is essential in times of fiscal constraints.”

The SIG is making innovation an imperative across the entire firm. Among the first year’s highlights:

  • In March, Booz Allen announced its collaboration with Washington, DC-based incubator 1776, which will help government and commercial organizations build cultures of innovation and entrepreneurship, create new and distinctive products and services and provide market access to enable high-promising start-ups to scale.
  • In 2013, the firm established a Strategic Alliance program that allows it to foster relationships with technology vendors, such as Microsoft and Amazon, to build lasting value for joint clients.
  • Booz Allen’s military and law enforcement clients now also have access to rapid, tailored and engineered products, and commercial enterprises are better able to manage cyber risks through Booz Allen’s combined advanced technology, big data analytics, workforce readiness and specialized tradecraft.
  • The firm has introduced OBSERVE, a remote facial recognition tool that specializes in identifying subjects in disguise, in poor lighting or with obstructed faces.
  • In 2013, the firm launched Cyber4Sight, a tailored, anticipatory threat intelligence product that provides actionable, near-real time alerts of specific threat actors worldwide, and since then has introduced the complementary Global4Sight, Insider4Sight and Mission Platform products.
  • To complement existing programs such as the annual Ideas Festival, Booz Allen created its own version of the “Shark Tank,” called the “Combustion Chamber.” Employees submit ideas, solutions and product innovations for consideration, and the best end up in the “Combustion Chamber”—an event where staff pitch a Booz Allen leadership panel to receive an investment from the firm for a future client solution.

“The federal government’s shutdown in 2013, as well as ongoing uncertainty in the government marketplace, only served to reinforce the need for Booz Allen to reimagine its business model,” said Dahut. “The competitive market will continue and the winners will be those who identify and take advantage of growth opportunities. Because of the flexibility and scale it creates, the SIG will help Booz Allen focus on our growth markets and continue to deliver superior service to clients.”

This week, Booz Allen executives will participate in several innovation events that demonstrate the firm’s commitment to bringing startups and entrepreneurial talent to solve real client challenges:

  • 1776 Challenge Cup (May 9-17, Washington) – Booz Allen panelists will discuss how startups are becoming a critical strategy for corporations to stay competitive and how governments can be promoters of innovation.
  • FOSE (May 13-14, Washington) – Booz Allen panelists will discuss how corporations, startups and entrepreneurs can work in partnership to solve global-level challenges with emerging and disruptive technologies.
  • Front End of Innovation 2014 (May 13-15, Boston) – Booz Allen will explore how to define the elements necessary to increase innovation maturity across individuals, teams and businesses.

About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology consulting for 100 years. Today, the firm provides business and technology solutions to major corporations in the financial services, heath, and energy markets, leveraging capabilities and expertise developed over decades of helping US government clients in the defense, intelligence, and civil markets solve their toughest problems. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs approximately 23,000 people, and had revenue of $5.76 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2013. In 2014, Booz Allen celebrates its 100th anniversary year. To learn more, visit (NYSE:BAH) BAHPR-GI

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical...
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi’s VP Business Development and Engineering, explored the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driving t...
As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing & protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. CommVault can ensure protection & E-Discovery of your data - whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise.
In recent years, at least 40% of companies using cloud applications have experienced data loss. One of the best prevention against cloud data loss is backing up your cloud data. In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Sam McIntyre, Partner Enablement Specialist at eFolder, presented how organizations can use eFolder Cloudfinder to automate backups of cloud application data. He also demonstrated how easy it is to search and restore cloud application data using Cloudfinder.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 7-9, 2016 at Javits Center, New York City and Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 18th International @CloudExpo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York and Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty ...
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, rich desktop and tuned mobile experiences can now be created with a single codebase – without compromising functionality, performance or usability. In his session at DevOps Su...
As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningf...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).