2017-2018: ANSER Completes Acquisitions
In January 2017, ANSER acquired Advanced Technology International (ATI) of Summerville, South Carolina, a nonprofit company that organizes and manages research and development consortia on behalf of the federal government. The company was created by the South Carolina Research Authority; ANSER purchased it from the state of South Carolina.
ATI has a network of 700 businesses through membership in the consortia it manages. The company supports federal R&D programs that include participation from a diverse range of industries, such as shipbuilding, metal parts manufacturing, composite applications, healthcare, Department of Defense prototypes, and electromagnetic spectrum. Through these relationships, ATI builds and manages industry-government-academia teams to address the Nation’s technological challenges.
ATI’s first R&D program developed an on-demand manufacturing system for the U.S. Navy. The just-in-time manufacturing method replaced an outdated model of producing and warehousing lots of parts in case they were needed later for critical repairs. ATI’s system is still in use at multiple military depots to this day. The second large program developed data standards that share product information among supply chains. These standards are now used worldwide in the manufacture of hundreds of thousands of products in virtually every industry. Today ATI leads federally funded programs with a combined contract value exceeding $16 billion.
Through the acquisition, ANSER gained approximately 180 employees, bringing its total head count to 515, and increased its revenue to $500 million per annum. Keeping all positions intact, ATI has continued to provide its successful leadership of R&D collaborations from its base in South Carolina. The acquisition has diversified ANSER’s offerings and made them available at a much lower and more competitive price point by leveraging economies of scale.
In June of 2018, Analytic Services acquired Maryland-based Innovative Analytics & Training (IAT), a company that made its name providing advanced analytic methods for data collection, information analysis, and decision making to the U.S. Intelligence Community. Through this acquisition, ANSER gained additional analytic depth and breadth as well as access to a new business sector.
The employees of IAT provided the Intelligence Community with the operational support and training needed to define issues, identify alternatives, and make critical decisions. Clients were also able to utilize IAT’s proprietary validation methods and global network of data sources to enhance their independent research findings. With this acquisition, ANSER blended its government problem-solving heritage with IAT’s data and information analysis expertise to advance the company’s “for-purpose public service” mission.
And in October of 2018, Analytic Services purchased Domain X Technologies (DXT) of Chantilly, Virginia, a small modeling and simulation firm with existing contracts in the counter-WMD community and client-site work in Edgewood, Maryland. In short order, DXT’s highly motivated and knowledgeable staff were seamlessly integrated into the ANSER family.