Founded in 1997, Summit Technologies, Inc. provides information technology services in support of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and civilian government agencies throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
Seven years ago, AMSG and Summit collaborated on a proposal and subsequently won the effort to support the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s (TRADOC) Knowledge Management (KM) efforts. AMSG and Summit support the Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO) and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Enterprise Knowledge Management Program. AMSG fosters a collaborative environment, fully innovating and integrating execution of TRADOC’s mission. The program applies knowledge management (KM) competencies, capabilities, and initiatives to directly support TRADOC headquarters staff and overall execution of the program by TRADOC subordinate organizations, Centers of Excellence (CoEs) and schools, which are located at various sites across the United States. The KM Program is based on human and organizational Performance Management (PfM) orientation, which focuses on outcomes rather than activities, unfettered knowledge flows (creating, organizing, applying, and transferring knowledge) and organizational collaboration that cross-functional teams need to be successful in today’s environment. The AMSG KM support team provides technical support for events such as Flag Officer Video Teleconferences (VTCs), Community-of-Practice webinars, and virtual conference support.
Since then, AMSG and Summit’s partnership has evolved and grown to include a recent win with Department of Energy’s TEPS III contract. It has been a high trust relationship that has led to knew opportunities for teaming between the two companies.
In this brief interview, AMSG speaks with Summit’s President and Co-Founder Paul Patel. With over 25 years of experience establishing, operating, and managing Federal Government projects, Mr. Patel shares information about Summit’s specialty areas and how the relationship between AMSG and Summit came about.
AMSG: Tell us a little bit about Summit Technologies.
PP: Summit Technologies, Inc., founded in 1997, provides technical services to the Federal Government and civilian government agencies. Summit Technologies focuses on cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, knowledge management, and software development for the Department of Defense (DOD) and civilian markets. Our customer base includes the U.S. Army, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). We currently provide services throughout the United States, Bahrain, and Germany.
AMSG: How did Summit Technologies’ relationship with AMSG begin?
PP: We were looking for a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB) with a specific government schedule to prime a contract for knowledge management. After reviewing 140 potential partners, we narrowed the pool down to 20 qualified partners. To further narrow our pool, we set up meetings to talk to each organization’s senior management team. Because of their responsiveness, in-depth experience, and can-do attitude, we chose AMSG after talking several times with Jim O’Farrell and Mike McCormick. As a team we worked diligently on the proposal response and wrote the winning response for our first effort together.
AMSG: What is the number one reason you like working with AMSG?
PP: The number one reason we love working with AMSG is the high integrity of their people. We have worked with AMSG for more than seven years. During that time, we have interacted with most of their management and back-office team members, and the common thread is high integrity, and grounded individuals that are a pleasure to work with on an ongoing basis.
AMSG: Are there any accolades or fun facts you’d like to share about Summit?
PP: Summit was recognized by the then-Acting DOD Chief Information Officer (CIO) Terry Halvorsen for being the first company to successfully migrate a DOD website containing classified markings to the commercial cloud. Summit successfully migrated cyber.mil (previously known as IASE.mil) to Amazon Web Services (AWS Cloud) and obtained Authority to Operate (ATO) within 60 days.