In my job, I have an opportunity not afforded to most: I get to listen to all of the risks, challenges, and issues (a.k.a. problems) that other organizations face. (I know, you’re jealous, right?)  From issues with large-scale hardware deployments to the risks of implementing new federal bureaucratic form processing, I get to hear it all.  Without fail, nearly all of those discussions start with someone in the room declaring, “We do it different here.”

If I had a dollar for every time I heard, “we do it different here” during a federal project kick-off meeting, well…I would have about twenty or thirty bucks, but that’s not my point. The point is you don’t do it differently!  Human nature is human nature and given similar constraints, regulations, policies and procedures, the outcomes will be similar.  Beyond the obvious irony in nearly all organizations declaring their uniqueness, I am struck by the actual similarities of the problems.

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Like the rest of the AIS team, I’d thought I’d share one of the most interesting sessions I attended during SPC12. It was called SharePoint Center of Excellence: Why you need one. Those IT Pro and Dev guys/gals might have missed this one because it was in the basement (politely known as the conference’s Business Section), but I found it extremely valuable.

The session was run by Andrew Woodward from App 21 on the usefulness of (and strategies for) successfully operating a Center of Excellence within an organization. For those that have never had the pleasure of actively participating in the evangelizing/educating/promoting of technology in reshaping workforce processes, Centers of Excellence serve as visible and real recognition by organizational leadership on the commitment of the investment. In other words, they help put weight behind the words.

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The Talent Acquisition Team here at AIS continues to persevere with recruiting efforts within our federal and commercial practices as we continue to expand our presence and footprint within the market. While other firms focus on staffing contracts and driving their people to bill more hours, AIS focuses on delivery excellence.  We seek accountability and the opportunity to deliver solutions.  And we seek people with a similar, innate drive for excellence and focus on follow-through.

If you are a strong, motivated technical professional and are looking for the following:

  • The ability to work on the latest and greatest technologies and projects
  • The chance to work with the Best of the Best within the industry
  • The opportunity to join an innovative, dynamic, collaborative work environment

Then why not take a look at AIS?

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About half of what we do here at AIS is for government clients. And as much as we’d like to brag about the innovative work we do for them, we usually can’t, for obvious national-security-related reasons.

But occasionally we can put together case studies and project descriptions, so if you’re curious about the sort of work the AIS Federal team does, please check them out below.

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