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Want to be More Efficient with Industry and Government’s time? We’ve got a solution.

One thing most acquisition professionals can agree on is they don’t have moments to spare on unnecessary tasks. Between customers needing their requirement yesterday and the administrative needs of contracts today, time is truly of the essence. 

That’s why we’re always on the lookout for opportunities to make government contracting more efficient, both for contracting professionals and their industry counterparts. So when we see opportunities to highlight efficiencies, we take the time to do it. Not to blame or shame, because we certainly recognize that market research techniques like requests for information and sources sought notices are a staple of government procurement. Quite the opposite: Our goal is to reduce the number of these exercises and replace the hours spent on paperwork with more constructive techniques that streamline the acquisition process and improve contracting outcomes.

Replace with what exactly? Why, GovShop of course! 

We’ve built this free, browser-based market research platform specifically for government contracting. Want to know how many sources exist in a particular market segment, product service code, or NAICs? We’ve got a user-friendly database for that! Want to put a shortlist of qualified suppliers together based on filters like socioeconomic designation, number of employees, or annual revenue? Create a free account and build as many lists as you want, then export a PDF summary of the companies you find to supplement your contract file. 

All things that the Department of State could have done to save time on a recent Sources Sought Notice they issued to identify 8(a) companies to provide managed services for cloud environments under NAICS code 541512. We reviewed the notice and appreciate the State Department is looking for solutions from our small and disadvantaged business community, but wonder if they could have shortened their procurement acquisition lead time if they chose to “GovShop it” first.

Read More: The Rule of Two & Small Business Set Aside Program

As we’ve written before, private sector companies spend countless hours replying to RFIs, which are often issued by overworked government contracting professionals who (prior to GovShop) didn’t have an easy tool to search for government contractors. So we thought we’d take the time to prove how quickly GovShop can create a shortlist of qualified concerns using our built-in keyword and filters, all free for use. 

How to Use GovShop for Faster Government Market Research

Instead of spending time writing and issuing the source sought notice, and in place of having companies spend their own time and resources to respond, we were able to find relevant company profiles matching the State’s criteria using GovShop’s Supplier Database. For this exercise, our research team focused on basic filters that will reduce the time and effort it takes to understand relevant companies. 

Now in any search engine, you typically start with a relevant keyword – in this case, “cloud services”. This keyword returned over 39,000 government contractors, a great starting population but too many for viable market research. That’s where our filters come in; we built them specifically with government market research in mind, and they allowed us to quickly reduce that large population into a shortlist of qualified suppliers, as follows:  

  • “Cloud services” – 39,000+ results
    • Filtered by the required Gov. Set-aside Program: SBA 8(a) – population narrowed to 420 results
    • Filtered by the required Commodity Codes: NAICS code 541512 – population narrowed to 375 results
    • Added Annual Revenue: Less than $1M to $5M-$50M – population narrowed to 166 results
    • Narrowed down to the type of company: Software and services – population narrowed to 25 results

From here, contracting professionals can create a free summary report for a composite view of the entire market, with only 45 minutes of effort. Based on our shortlist of viable suppliers, we identified 20 companies below with capabilities pertaining to the Department of State’s SSN. Quick and effective market research is only a few minutes away with the tools of GovShop.

Interested in learning what a free GovShop account can do for your company or contracting team? Sign up for a demo from our team at Public Spend Forum and we’ll teach you how to make market research your superpower. 

SHR CONSULTING GROUP

VA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Cloud Services, Cyber Security, Data Analytics, DevSecOps, Engineering & Architecture, Network & Data Center, Strategic Management, and Software Development.

DUNS #: 963992727; SAM: Active; Annual Revenue: $5M-$50M; Size: small business; Ownership: African-American; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDB, SBA 8(a); Past Experience: Cloud Migration (DOD-Sep 29, 2018); Existing Contracts: Federal schedule

ENNOBLE FIRST GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS

MD, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Cloud Solutions, Cyber Security, Data Engineering, Enterprise IT, Health IT, Software Engineering, Data Security, Disaster Recovery Planning, Infrastructure Engineering, AWS GovCloud, Software as a Service, Operational Governance Control, Access and Identity Management, IoT Cyber Risk Management Services, Cyber Risk Assessments, Big Data Analytics, RMF Development, IoT Penetration Testing, Biometric Solutions, Security Risk Assessments, Threat Profiling, Data Loss Prevention, Data Engineering, AI Solution, Business Intelligence & Process Engineering, Risk & Performance Engineering, Health IT, Health Information Exchange (HIE) Implementation, Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Software Engineering, Systems Engineering & Integration, IT operations management (ITOM), IT Business Management (ITBM), Cyber Security, Cyber Security Services, Cyber Security Integration and Implementation, Cyber Security Coaching & Training, Cyber Security Audit, Risk, Compliance.

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 079262538 ; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M ; Size: small business; Ownership: Asian-Indian, Minority Unspecified; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), SDB; Existing Contracts: Federal schedule

S4

MA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Network Engineering, Enterprise Architecture, Assessment and Authorization, Cyber Security, Facility Engineering, Cloud Development, Telecommunications Support, Risk Management Framework (RMF), IT & Cyber Training, Infrastructure Management, Strategic Planning, System Engineering and Operations, Computer Network Defense(CND), Cyber Planning and Policy, Data Center Operations

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 047152694; Annual Revenue: $5M-$50M ; Size: small business; Ownership: Asian-Indian; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), SDB; Existing Contracts: 2 Federal schedules

THE UNITED SOLUTIONS GROUP INC. (USG1)

PA, USA / Serves US Federal, US State, US Local, Private Sector, Non-US Public Sector/ NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Cybersecurity, Analytics, Software Development, Cloud Services, Contractor Support and Administrative Services

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 830767435 ; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M; Size: small business; Ownership: Asian-Indian ; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), HubZone, SDB

CIYIS

GA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Civil Engineering, Cloud Computing, Consulting, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Information Technology, Machine Learning, SaaS

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 079117178; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M ; Size: small business; Ownership: African American; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a)

TRILLION TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

VA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Java, .Net, SOA, Security, Application Development, Linux, GIS, Weblogic, Websphere, Oracle Products, IBM BPM and ODM, Cybersecurity, Big Data Analytics, Hadoop, Mobile, PIV, Active Directory, Software Development, Agile Methodology, System Integration, Devops, Cloud Migration, Cloud Security, Tableau, Data Visualization

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 782927979; Annual Revenue: $5M-$50M; Size: small business; Ownership: Asian-Indian; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), SDB; Existing Contracts: 2 Federal Schedules, GWAC & Other IDIQ

FAIRFAX DATA SYSTEMS

CT, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Dashboards, Data Analytics, Compliance, Consulting, Cloud, Filenet, IBM, Content Management, Electronic Filing, Imaging, Scanning, Staff Augmentation, Data Conversion, Training, Permitting, Licensing, Records Management, IT Support, GIS Mapping

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 015905875 ; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M; Size: small business; Ownership: Asian-Pacific, minority unspecified, veteran; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a); Existing Contracts: Federal Schedules

DYNAMO TECHNOLOGIES

VA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Technology Strategy, Enterprise Architecture, Legacy Modernization, Cloud Management, Application Development, Data, Visualization, Big Data, Earned Value Management (EVM), Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA), Project Management Professional (PMP), Cost Estimation, Earned Value, PMO, Project Management, Program Management, Systems Engineering, Systems Design, Technical, Financial Management, Decision Science, Analytical Hierarchy Process (Ahp), Benefits, Business Case Analysis

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 078589741; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M; Size: small business; Ownership: Asian-Pacific; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), SDB; Existing Contracts: Federal Schedules, GWAC & Other IDIQ

EAGLE TECHNOLOGY GROUP

TX, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Microsoft Consulting, Sharepoint, Exchange, Lync, Active Directory, Office 365, Virtualization, Vmware, Hyper-V, Microsoft Services, Data Storage, VDI, Enterprise Architectures, Agile Development, Project Management, WSO2, Application Design, Directory Services, Systems Management, Cloud Services, Azure, Microsoft Gold Partner, Systems Center, Windows Server, Desktop Support

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 078459487; Annual Revenue: $5M-$50M ; Size: small business; Ownership: Alaska Native, Native American; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), SDB; Existing Contracts: Federal Schedules

XOR SECURITY

VA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: cybersecurity, data analytics, strategic consulting, and cloud services to the government and commercial customers across the United States. Xor Security offers System Engineering, Data Analytics, Application Development, Cloud Deployment, Strategy Consulting, Application Development.

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 800758919; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M; Size: small business; Ownership: Asian-Indian; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), SDB; Existing Contracts: Federal Schedules

VERTICAL APPS

VA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Robotic Process Automation (RPA), DevSecOps, Cloud Services, Advanced-Data and Analytics, and Data Strategy.

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 962777723 ; Annual Revenue: $5M-$50M; Size: small business; Ownership: Asian-Pacific; Government Set-Aside Programs: SDB, 8(a); Past Experience: USCIS, ICE, Army Corps Engineers; Existing Contracts: Federal schedules, GWAC and other IDIQ

ARCTIC INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

AK, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Business Application Services, Tribal Application, Industry-specific Software, IT Support and Technical Training, E-commerce, Customer Service Solutions, Network Design and Installation, Arctic IT CRM Implementation and Support, IT Network Management, Share Point Portals, Cloud Computing, and Virtualization solutions. Business Application Services includes: CRM Application, ERP Application, Human Resources Management, Business Intelligence, Cloud Migration, Cloud Architecture, and Cloud Engineering Tribal Application Includes: Enrollment and Community Engagement, Tribal Accounting, Casino Enterprise, and Shareholder Records Management.

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 607611469; Annual Revenue:$5M-$50M ; Size: small business; Ownership: Alaska Native, Minority Unspecified; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), SDB; Existing Contracts: Federal schedule

CLOUD7WORKS

VA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Cloud Solutions, Software, and Services To Government Clients.

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 961937237; Annual Revenue: Unknown; Size: small business; Ownership: Asian-Indian; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), SDB; Existing Contracts: Federal schedules

PROMETHEUS

TX, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Cyber, Network Operations, Software Development, Quality Assurance, Application Development, Immersive Technology, 3D Images, Digital Content, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs), Enterprise Technology Architecture (ETA), Business Impact Analysis (BIA), Cloud Implementation, Server Virtualization, Backup and Storage Solutions, Network Design & Operations, Information Assurance, Intrusion Detection, Network Security & Segregation, Vulnerability Mitigation, Application Services, Software Security, IT Project Management, Enterprise Architecture, Information Management, Business Analytics, Strategy Development, Business Management, Financial Management, Portfolio Management, Analysis of Alternatives (AoA), Earned Value Management, Extended Reality, AR/VR “Extended Reality”, AR/VR Software, AR/VR 3D Software, AR/VR Image Capture/Scanning, Cyber Security, Cyber Security Services, Cyber Security Advisory Consulting.

SAM: Active ; DUNS #: 079198963 ; Annual Revenue: Less than $1M; Size: small business; Ownership: Asian-Pacific, Veteran ; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), SDB; Existing Contracts: Federal Schedules

MERIDIAN SOLUTIONS GROUP

MD, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Information, Technology, Consulting, MD, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Management, Desktop, Support, Network, Administration, Computer, Programming, Server, Design, Analysis, Systems, Technical, Development, Cloud, Help Desk, I.T., Website, Linux, Windows, IT, Sharepoint.

SAM: Active ; DUNS #: 610056835; Annual Revenue: Less than $1M; Size: small business; Ownership: Asian-Indian; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), SDB; Past Experience: FBI, Army, Navy; Existing Contracts: Federal Schedules

GENERALSOFT

WA, USA / Serves US Federal, Private sector / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Specialties and Expertise: Software Development, Virtual Reality, VR, Oracle, Consulting, SQL, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Machine Learning, Microsoft Azure, Customized Software Development, Microsoft HoloLens, Mixed Reality, MR, Augmented Reality, Extended Reality, AR/VR “Extended Reality”, AR/VR End-Use Solutions, AR/VR Software, AR/VR Healthcare, AR/VR Games & Apps.

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 063116948 ; Annual Revenue: Less than $1M; Size: small business; Ownership: Asian-Indian; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a); Past Experience: Unknown

OM Group

NJ, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Cyber Security, Application Solution, Business Process Re-engineering, Application, IoT Analytics, Cloud Hosting, Business Process Re-engineering, Continuous Delivery, Infrastructure as Code, Microservices Architecture, Business Intelligence & Collaboration, Data Mining, Integration & Data Warehousing, Cyber Security Services, Cyber Security Integration and Implementation, Cyber Security Audit, Risk, Compliance, Application Solution Architecture, Technical Engineering, Business Process Reengineering, Security Requirements Analysis, Usability Strategies & Assessment, Web Services, Application and User Experience (UX) Design, Programming, Content Design & Development, System & Software Testing, IoT, Cloud Service Provider, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, cloud security, Microservice architectures, and more.

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 034079702; Annual Revenue: Less than $1M; Size: small business; Ownership: Woman; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), WOSB; Existing Contracts: Federal Schedules

VM RACKS

CA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Managed Security Service Provider, HIPAA Compliant Cloud Hosting, Cybersecurity Value Added Reseller, Cybersecurity Hardware and Software, Secure Private and Public Cloud, Monitoring Cloud Infrastructure, Google Cloud, Encrypted Email, Secure FTP Servers, Linux Expertise, Disaster Recovery as a Service, SSAE-16 Data Centers, Virtualization and Automation, Enterprise Level Support.

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 847209848; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M; Size: small business; Ownership: Hispanic; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), SDB; Existing Contracts: Federal Schedules, Cooperative contracts

1 SYNC TECHNOLOGIES

AL, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: IT Solutions, Database Administration, Systems Administration, Independent Verification and Validation, IT & Medical Staffing Solutions, Administrative Support, Call Centers, Document, Preparation Services, Educational Support Services, IT Infrastructure, Cyber Security, Cyber Security Services, Certification and Accreditation (C&A), Risk Management Framework (RMF), IT Helpdesk, Professional Services, Program Management, Project Management, Acquisition Support Services, Logistics Support Services, Agile Development, Software Development, Portal, Applications, Content Management Systems, Training Support, Course Development Support, Instructional System Design, Classroom Instruction Support, Training Lifecycle Support, Student Management, Mobile Training Support, Cloud Computing, Staff Augmentation, End User Support, Incident Management, Information Assurance & Security, Network Support, Business Enterprise Systems, Cyber Security Managed/Outsourced Services.

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 079939222; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M; Size: small business; Ownership: African American, Minority Unspecified; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), SDB; Existing Contracts: Federal Schedules

SOLVITUR SYSTEMS

VA, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Cyber Defense, Information Assurance, Governance, Risk and Compliance, Cloud Security, Penetration Testing, Risk and Vulnerability Management, IT Audit, Threat Intelligence, CISO As-A-Service (CaaS), FISMA, FedRAMP, DevOps, Cyber Security, Predictive Analysis, Talent Delivery, Banking, and Financial Services, Retail, Training Courses, Certification Exams, Certification Process, PECB Ethics Code, Security Assessment and Authorization(SA&A), Privacy and Data Protection, Milestone Management, Cloud Computing, Design Development, Network Design.

SAM: Active; DUNS #:079746564 ; Annual Revenue: Less than $1M; Size: small business; Ownership: African American, Minority Unspecified; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), HubZone, SDB; Existing Contracts: Federal Schedules

SILOTECH GROUP

TX, USA / Serves US Federal / NAICS: 541512 - Specialties and Expertise: Advanced Cyber Solutions, Enterprise IT, Intelligence Solutions, and Cloud & Modernization. Advanced Cyber Solutions include: Risk Management Framework (RMF), Penetration Testing, Forensic Analysis, Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO), Offensive Cyber Operations (OCO), Network Operation Monitoring & Response, Countermeasure Development, and Deep Packet Capture & Inspection (DPC&I). Enterprise IT includes: IT Service Management (ITSM), Enterprise Architecture, System Engineering & Integration, Service Desk Operations, Virtualization Management, System Security, and Disaster Recovery. Intelligence Solutions include: Cyber & Human Intelligence and Measurement & Signal Intelligence. Cloud & Modernization includes: Cloud Adoption, Cloud Services, Data Center Consolidation, Infrastructure Optimization, Business Process Re-engineering, Solution Development, Application Modernization, and Re-Platforming.

SAM: Active; DUNS #: 607611469; Annual Revenue: $1M-$5M ; Size: small business; Ownership: Veteran, African American, Woman; Government Set-Aside Programs: 8(a), SDB, Hubzone, WOSB, SDVOSB; Past Experience: federal schedules

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