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SAIC Plans Innovation Factory Hub to Support DoD, Federal Agencies; Jim Scanlon, Charles Onstott Quoted

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Jim Scanlon
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Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has announced plans to add an Innovation Factory Hub in Huntsville, Alabama to expand its presence and support to local customers, the company reported on Monday

“This expansion to SAIC’s longstanding presence in Huntsville with a new Innovation Factory Hub allows us to support emerging needs, while also leveraging our solutions and company-wide expertise – developed over four decades supporting local customers,” said Jim Scanlon, SAIC executive vice president and general manager of the Defense Systems Group.

At SAIC’s Innovation Factory, the Department of Defense (DoD) and federal agencies can evaluate new technologies and accelerate delivery of new and modernized systems. The company’s Innovation Factory will consist of a nationwide network of physical and virtual environments that integrate innovative solutions. 

SAIC’s Innovation Factory will provide an automated, cloud-hosted toolset; agile practices; and DevSecOps production chains to build, test, and deploy solutions quickly and then enhance them through close customer collaboration. Innovation Factory hubs will connect SAIC’s innovators and toolsets, startups and tech companies, and the customer.

The Huntsville Innovation Factory Hub will be integrated into SAIC’s existing Innovation Factory network and provide technologies that will enable end-to-end analysis, experimentation and engineering for digital engineering with modeling, simulation and rapid prototyping.

“With all sectors rapidly implementing technology to meet and conduct business virtually, our new Innovation Factory Hub will enable our Huntsville-area customers to accelerate solutions to meet their mission requirements,” Scanlon added. 

The Huntsville Innovation Factory Hub will open in a phased approach. Phase 1 is an immediate fielding of Innovation Factory cloud-based processes and tools focused on app and IT modernization, and teams will use existing conference spaces until hub spaces are ready. 

Follow-on phases will leverage “workplace of the future” renovations in SAIC’s Odyssey Drive facility, and incorporate digital engineering, data analytics and modeling and simulation cloud-based tools. Completion of hub spaces is targeted for Spring 2021.

“Our researchers and engineers will leverage digital engineering and agile software development to enable the DoD to rapidly explore and implement innovative technologies, such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and modeling and simulation, focused on improving mission outcomes,” concluded SAIC CTO Charles Onstott.

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