Siemens and Atos extend digital transformation partnership
The relationship, which dates back to 2011, has seen a focus on modernising and digitalising services, alongside transformations in data, cloud and cybersecurity - in other words, all the mainstays of digital transformation.
In a press release, Eric Grall, Atos Chief Operating Officer, said: “To support the different requirements of Siemens across all of its businesses, Atos will provide Siemens with best-in-class digital and integrated solutions such as Digital Workplace, Application modernization, full leverage of Atos new hybrid cloud platform, Digital Platforms and end-to-end Integration and Security. Atos will also deploy an innovative, data driven model enabling further leverage of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.”
The five year extension is part of €3bn agreements between Siemens, Siemens Energy and Siemens Healthineers, with a separate go-to-market alliance to jointly bring their solutions to customers, which the two said was in line with their “digital growth ambitions.”
Elie Girard, Chief Executive Officer of Atos, said: “We are proud to support Siemens digital transformation acceleration for the next 5 years and to extend our unique long-lasting strategic Alliance towards a new joint growth initiative. This fits perfectly with Atos’ strategic agenda towards a more secure and decarbonized digital for its customers.”
We to Atos’ Asia Pacific CTO, Uli Braun, who told us more about this topic and Atos’ aim to answer the questions posed by a fast-changing world. “Sometimes we don't know the question,” he said. “We can only find out what the question is by exploring the data. That's why it's complicated, and that's why you need the expertise companies like Atos bring to the table. Analyse the data, find the question, augment whatever is missing and then generate value from it – that’s the sequence.”
Dark Wolf: accelerating security for USAF
As a small company whose biggest customers are the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, Dark Wolf Solutions (Dark Wolf) is a triple-threat, specializing in Cybersecurity, Software and DevOps, and Management Solutions. Dark Wolf secures and tests cloud platforms, develops and deploys applications, and offers consultancy services performing system engineering, system integration, and mission support.
The break for Dark Wolf came when the Department of Defense decided to explore software factories. Rick Tossavainen, Dark Wolf’s CEO, thinks it was an inspired path for the DoD to take. “It was a really great decision,” he says, “Let’s pull our people together as part of this digital transformation and recreate what Silicon Valley startup firms typically have. Let’s get into commercial facilities where we have open windows and big whiteboards and just promote ideation and collaboration. And it creates this collaborative environment where people start creating things much more rapidly than before.”
It has been, Tossavainen says, “amazing to watch” and has energized the Federal Contracting Sector with an influx of new talent and improved working environments that foster creativity and innovative ways of approaching traditional problems.
“We originally started working with the US Air Force about three years ago. The problem was at the time you could develop all the software you wanted but you couldn’t get it into production – you had to go through the traditional assessment and authorization process. I talked to Lauren Knausenberger and she told me about Kessel Run and what eventually came out of this was the DoD’s first continuous ATO [Authority To Operate].”
The secret to Dark Wolf’s success – and its partnerships with USAF and Space Force – lies in a client-first attitude. “We’re not looking to maximise revenue,” Tossavainen explains. “We tell all of our employees, if you’re ever faced with an issue and you don’t know how to resolve it, and one solution is better for the customer and the second is better for Dark Wolf, you always do number one. We’ve just got to take care of our customers, and I look for other partners that want to do that. And let’s work together so that we can bring them the best answer we can.”
Rapid releases and constant evolution of software are common themes among USAF’s partners. Like many firms operating in the commercial and public sector spaces, Dark Wolf leads with a DevSecOps approach.
“Failure is tolerated,” says Tossavainen. “If it’s not going the right way in three months, let’s adjust. Let’s rapidly change course. And you can tell really quickly if something’s going to be successful or not, because they’re doing deployments multiple times a day – to the customer.”