Industry Interview: NCI Inc.


Brian R. Fogg
Vice President, Technology Support Office
Chief Technology Officer
NCI Inc.

Brian R. Fogg, vice president of NCI’s Technology Support Office and chief technology officer, serves as a principal executive-level change agent to infuse new technologies into NCI’s client base and across its technical staff. He is responsible for providing technically oriented subject-matter experts and leading research/prototyping efforts to increase NCI’s understanding of customers’ technical requirements and to fashion state-of-the-art, cost-effective solutions to meet those requirements.

Q: What sets NCI apart from other federal IT contractors?

A: NCI remains focused on supporting our customers’ missions—by leveraging emerging technologies to drive new operational efficiencies and improved mission effectiveness, by crafting innovation solutions that consider “cloud first” implementation strategies, and by being a steadfast partner for our customers and teammates. We also enjoy the benefits of being a mid-sized company: We are large enough to tackle very challenging requirements and small enough to care about more than the profit.

NCI employees are very passionate about our customers’ missions, starting from our C-level executives and continuing down to our most junior technologists. We also continue to invest in a strong centralized technology support group staffed by technologists who are leaders in their respective support areas to provide solution architecture services wherever and whenever needed. This means that for any opportunity and/or any customer, we 
bring the company’s best ideas, which are not constrained by organizational or customer boundaries. Our mantra is “the best idea wins.”

Q: What are some of the hot-topic solutions you are working on?

A: There are three very timely solution sets I’d like discuss. NCI is currently designing, 
developing and implementing leading-edge solutions for advanced analytics, green technology and mobile enablement. For advanced analytics, we have a model health care fraud, waste and abuse detection service for the federal government. Our innovative solution leverages commercially available toolsets that align with our customers’ approved product lists and overarching enterprise architectures. Inside the tools, we embed advanced 
detection and pattern-matching algorithms to ensure that our analysts are directed to the most interesting anomalies first. For green, we are modernizing data centers and building/campus networking infrastructures. Finally, for mobile, we are creating applications for secure smartphones and tablets. Common to all three, we apply our “70/20/10 rule” for supportability and maintainability.

Q: Can you elaborate on your 70/20/10 rule?

A: In IT, we are in an unprecedented time. We have a lot of choices: There are many products and/or technologies that are generally “good enough.” Our product-selection methodology follows a deceptively simple rule: 70 percent of the solution must be out of the box, 20 percent of the solution needs to be configured, and 10 percent needs to be customized or developed from scratch. By following this rule, we deliver solutions that leverage the best of COTS/GOTS in terms of support and maintenance and minimize the friction between development and operations.

Q: Can you share a specific example of one of your hot-topic customer stories?

A: We are completing an infrastructure modernization project at the Army NETCOM headquarters building at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and expect that it will play an important role in determining the Army’s future use of GPON technology. GPON infrastructure is centrally managed, requiring fewer man-hours to maintain than traditional active/distributed devices, and provides the ability to secure and monitor services from a centralized location. The equipment footprint is substantially smaller than a switch-based inventory, resulting in efficiencies in space, energy utilization, and staff to support the infrastructure. Passive optical network devices also have an expected lifecycle of eight to 10 years or longer, compared with approximately five years for traditional copper management devices. We are very excited about the very real energy savings and the applicability of these types of green solutions to agencies across the 
federal government.

Q: How can customers work with NCI?

A: NCI has a proud heritage of winning large-scale GWAC/MAC and ID/IQ vehicles. In fact, we have an enviable portfolio of contracts that include ITES-2S, TEIS III, NETCENTS, Alliant, CIO-SP3, and most recently DHS Eagle II. We also have a dedicated ID/IQ Management Office that can advise customers on the best possible vehicle based on their 
specific requirements.

Q: What do you want readers to remember about NCI?

A: NCI is a very agile company that cares—we care about our employees, we care about our teaming partners, we care about our customers’ missions, and we care about being responsible stewards of our customers’ time and resources. We take pride in providing cost-effective solutions that give more for less. ♦

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  • Issue: 8
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