Lockheed Martin Edges Into Enterprise IT
Bucking the current IT industry trend, Lockheed Martin is looking to boost its IT profile in the private sector.ORLANDO, Fla.Bucking the IT industry trend to redouble overtures toward the government while homeland security is hot and the economy is not, Lockheed Martin Corp. is trying to boost its IT profile in the private sector. Part of the reason for this move is that the companys federal clients want a better idea of best practices at commercial organizations. On Tuesday, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration Owega trumpeted a consulting service and products package called ARQuest, which shows enterprises how to cut costs, reduce errors and shorten production cycles by optimizing technologies. The process typically takes between two and five months, beginning with a risk assessment, defining an architecture model, and ultimately delivering specific recommendations. "There are tremendous synergies between the commercial sector and the government sector," Kathryn Hasse, director of Commercial and Transportation Solutions, said at Gartner Inc.s ITxpo in Orlando, Fla. "Our government customers are looking for us to bring commercial best practices back to them."
The Fluor Corp., a publicly held engineering and construction company, is one of ARQuests earliest customers. Building massive projects, such as pipelines, oil refineries and chemical plants across globe, the company sought a centralized IT infrastructure despite different needs at different sites.