Columbia, MD (PressExposure) October 20, 2011 -- Software Consortium, an information technology solutions provider, announced it was awarded the 8m Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) certification from the United States Small Business Administration. The 8m program allows Software Consortium to compete more effectively for 5% of government contracts, which are now set-aside for WOSBs, and to team with prime contractors who require the services of a quality IT solutions partner to meet their small business obligations. Software Consortium also holds a General Services Administration (GSA) Contract, Schedule 70, for Information Technology Professional Services to help government buyers easily procure its services.
Software Consortium brings an established twenty year success record for delivering high quality solution architectures, enterprise applications, systems integration, and IV&V testing environments to government, commercial and mid-market enterprises. With a focus on healthcare, business and financial systems, the company has a client portfolio of some of the nation's most prestigious institutions and companies located in the Washington-Baltimore corridor, including Amtrak, U.S. Department of Energy, State of Maryland, GEICO, the Johns Hopkins Medical System, MedStar Health, Erickson Retirement Communities, Medifast, and many others. Software Consortium has been recognized for consecutive years as being among the Largest Woman-Owned Companies (#12) and Largest Software Development Firms (#5) in the Baltimore metropolitan area, and as a Top Minority Business Enterprise (2009).
SBA Administrator Karen Mills said, "Federal contracts provide critical opportunities for owners of small firms to take their business to the next level and create good-paying jobs. Despite their growth and the fact that women lead some of the strongest and most innovative companies, women-owned firms continue to be under-represented in the federal contracting marketplace. This [8m] rule will be a platform for changing that by providing greater opportunities for women-owned small businesses to compete for and win federal contracts."
"Today more than ever, government and commercial businesses need the benefits of innovation, competency, and high performance technologists to become more effective in our changing global economy--everyone needs to get the most value from their budgets. The WOSB set-aside program will help the strong performers, like Software Consortium, bring their skills and past performance to the attention of Federal contracting officers," explained CEO Janet Amirault.
Software Consortium built its reputation by bringing emerging best practices and technologies to its clients, who then gain productivity and competitive advantages from the innovation. "As early experts of Agile methodologies, and applying it to our healthcare practice for example, we architected and built a complex electronic data interchange system for a national health insurer, which was delivered ahead of schedule, with added features while saving the client hundreds of thousands of dollars, which they were able to apply to another project. We introduced clients and many others in the greater IT community to Agile principles and effective methods in our Project Leadership Seminars SM, which featured Agile Methodologies."
About Software Consortium:
Software Consortium is a leading provider of information technology and specializes in the implementation of innovative web solutions, enterprise architecture design, quality assurance, project and program management, strategy planning and development, and business process engineering. Software Consortium is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland and has offices in Silver Spring and Baltimore.