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CapGemini becomes latest Defence program soldier

CapGemini becomes latest Defence program soldier

Defence adds IT service provider, Capgemini, to its growing list of participants in the Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation (RPDE) program

IT consulting and service provider, Capgemini, has jumped on-board the Department of Defence’s program to improve network-centric warfare capabilities.

The Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation (RPDE) program was established in 2006 as an initiative to facilitate effective collaboration between the Department and a broad range of industries to aid in network-centric warfare. Participants range from engineering firms, IT organisations and universities.

Capgemini has worked with Defence since mid-1990s and been involved in Defence reforms and whitepapers. But the company saw RPDE as a more effective way to interact.

“Defence puts out a series of questions and companies within the network get a chance to work on them on their own or together to solve the problems,” Capgemini vice-president and head of public sector, Shelly Oldham, said.

While Capgemini has a host of services it contributes, Oldham saw its managed testing services as a particularly useful tool for Defence.

“We have a strong testing development tool recognised around the world called TPI, which is now moving to open source and covers 13 different areas of assessment,” she said.

“At the moment, there isn’t a direct response testing developed for Defence. We see that as one of the things we can partner with smaller companies for to develop a collaborative response to benchmarking, how the Department works at a testing level and where its maturities are.

“That way Defence can get more efficient and effective outcomes and accelerate them both on the operational side and development side.” RPDE works on a project-by-project basis.

CapGemini’s announcement follows Australian independent software vendor, Intelligent Software Development’s commitment to the same innovation scheme.


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