Deltek finishes Input-FedSources integration
But more work on features and functions to come
- By Nick Wakeman
- Aug 26, 2011
It's taken months of effort to integrate the FedSources and Input databases that contractors across the market use to track opportunities.
The two long-time competitors were acquired by Deltek as the company has sought to create offerings for that covered the complete lifecyle of a procurement, from conception and capture, to management and closeout.
Bringing together the two databases took over three months, said Kevin Plexico, Deltek’s senior vice president for research and analysis services.
Reducing the redundancies meant literally comparing what FedSources had on a particular opportunity to what Input had and then combining that. That meant looking at thousands of database records, he said.
The good news was that they found only about a 45 percent overlap, which means the number of IT opportunities available to the legacy Input and FedSources customers has grown from 6,000 to 11,000. At the same time, Deltek has been working to add opportunities in the government architecture, engineering and construction market.
The total number of opportunities now stands at 12,000, Plexico said.
“We feel like we’ve built a research team that is the largest focused on the government contractor market,” he said.
Deltek now 2,800 customers and 40,000 users of its data products, he said.
To get the combined FedSources and Input data, users now login to Input.com. The FedSources portal will continue to operate through September. After Sept. 1, the FedSources data will no longer be updated, he said.
Still to come, Plexico said, is further integration with Deltek’s GovWin network, which helps companies connect to find partners and management partners.
“Teaming and partnering is very critical in this market,” Plexico said.
One goal is to create a single login, so a user can easily move between the GovWin and the Input database.
Deltek also wants to create mobile access to the opportunity database as well as continuing to build the database for architecture, engineering and construction opportunities.
“That's part of the market that is expected to do a bit better in today's budget environment,” Plexico said. “Agencies are looking for more energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness.”
Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.