Congratulations on your new role as President and CEO of Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS). You have described it as your dream job. What is your role in IGS and how is it different from your previous position?
Brig. Gen. Jack Pellicci (retd.)
President and CEO
Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS)
Congratulations on your new role as President and CEO of Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS). You have described it as your dream job. What is your role in IGS and how is it different from your previous position? What challenges do you foresee in IGS?
As the President and CEO of IGS, a stand-alone entity owned by Intergraph US and Hexagon AB. My role is to run this independent business eff ectively and effi ciently with no outside infl uence from either Intergraph or Hexagon. I report to a proxy board of former US senior government executives appointed to oversee the operations of IGS and ensure that the operation is conducted in accordance with rules and regulations established by the Defense Security Service (DSS). In my previous role I was a senior vice president and general manager of the Federal Security and Intelligence (FSI) business unit and reported to the President of SG&I (Security, Government & Infrastructure). FSI was totally integrated with SG&I and we leveraged Intergraph/ SGI shared services as well as integrated business plans/ strategies. IGS now has established a separate business space and independent services in HR, Legal, Finance, and IT with business processes that are not connected to those of SGI, Intergraph or Hexagon. Th e major challenge we in IGS face is to ensure that we approach running the company as a start up to control operating costs while still providing our long time customer base with the same outstanding support we have always provided and at the same time grow the business and technical skillset. We are looking forward to the integration of the ERDAS federal and intelligence accounts into IGS in 2011, and plan to off er other leading technology from Hexagon to our expanding customer base in the US federal sector.
IGS was created to ensure compliance with US laws and to support the current and future requirements of its US federal and classifi ed customers. How is it going to be different from other subsidiaries of Hexagon?
All other subsidiaries of Hexagon to include Intergraph’s SG&I and PPM (Process, Power and Marine) are now considered foreign owned and the IGS communications and contact with these subsidiaries must be carefully controlled and monitored. Th is is where the proxy board plays a critical role in performing the duties prescribed by DSS. IGS will essentially be Hexagon’s and Intergraph’s distributor to the US federal, DOD, intelligence and civil agencies.
What role will Hexagon play with IGS, in terms of day-to-day functioning, technology transfer and decision-making?
Hexagon’s role will be limited to dealing with the proxy board. In cases where IGS personnel may be required to interface with Hexagon or any of its subsidiaries, prior approval must be obtained from the proxy board. While Hexagon’s view into IGS will be limited, IGS will have the benefi t of access to Hexagon’s expanding suite of technology platforms and products. IGS is uniquely positioned to off er Hexagon’s industry leading technology to US defense, intelligence and civilian agencies in ways that complement Intergraph’s proven solutions.
With Intergraph now a part of Hexagon, how would you allay the fears that US government’s projects will not fall in the hands of a non-US entity?
Th e US government process established by DOD and the DSS to run entities like IGS whose parent is a foreign company is a long tested one which provides the necessary guidelines and checks to ensure that no classifi ed or other sensitive information associated with US government projects that IGS is involved in ever gets in the hands of Hexagon, its subsidiaries or any other foreign entity. Our initial feedback from the US government is that IGS has done a very good job of establishing the processes and systems to control and document communications between IGS and the rest of Intergraph and Hexagon. IGS has spent considerable eff ort and funds in establishing the requisite controls and training in the areas of security, export control and compliance with DSS requirements.
You have been a very important part of Intergraph’s Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) division. Are you still going to be working with SG&I? Moreover, with Hexagon now at the helm of affairs, what is the future of Intergraph SG&I?
Th e IGS involvement with SG&I will be very limited and only approved by the proxy board for purposes that will not involve any sensitive information or insights to IGS’s operations with US government projects or customers. Intergraph SG&I will remain a strong global provider of products and services from Intergraph and Hexagon, focusing on all other sectors of the worldwide geospatial market.
Do you see the role of IGS restricted to US market only or do you intend to project it as a separate entity which will gradually expand to other countries?
Th e IGS role is to focus on just the US government market. In selected cases where US government agencies sponsor foreign military sales (FMS) funded projects, IGS may bid and implement them with the approval of the proxy board.
You have been associated with this domain for a long time, both as a soldier and as a solution provider. What according to you are the challenges facing military and intelligence organisations today?
Th e major challenges facing military and intelligence organisations centre around providing real-time actionable intelligence to commanders and their organisations in the fi eld as well as to decision makers in major joint and military service elements supporting these commanders. Th e intelligence information must be in a format that facilitates ease of handling in the fi eld, especially those with disadvantaged bandwidth. Th is must be a MULTI-INT experience where GEOINT, HUMINT, SIGINT, VIDINT etc. are treated in an integrated manner that provides quick and eff ective processing and dissemination. Specifi c areas of key interest include full motion video exploitation solutions which will provide live stream video from UAVs and other airborne platforms to units engaged in combat operations. Th is video must be integrated with HUMINT and SIGINT to improve the analyst’s ability to understand the actions occurring in the video, thereby improving the overall eff ectiveness of the analysis and the mission itself.
How do you think the perception towards geointelligence has changed over these years?
Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) is moving into the next era and commanders at all levels appreciate its values much more than in past years. Putting the power of GEOINT in the hands of commanders and troops in combat is making a real positive diff erence. GEOINT has earned a place at the combat commander’s table and it will always be considered an essential element of both preparing the battlefi eld and winning the fi ght since it provides a rich and relevant environment for integrated decision making and mission support. Additionally, GEOINT will not only be key to the warfi ghter but also to those managing humanitarian crises and those responding to natural disasters.
What kind of technology trend do you foresee in near future with regard to serving ever growing requirements of geointelligence information?
We see an increase in the demand for online/ on-demand access to GEOINT knowledge through self-service tools so commanders and their troops in the fi eld can access GEOINT when and where they need it and customise it to suit their specifi c needs at that moment. Static products will be replaced by more dynamic and seamless ones that support multiple form factors including mobile devices. All this will be provided real-time and at a reduced cost and as Ola Rollen, CEO of Hexagon, stated in his interview to Geospatial World, “Th e Real Value of a Map is in being Real-Time”.
What can we expect from IGS in future?
IGS was specifi cally created to preserve the sanctity of our US government work and classified contracts and that transition process is moving ahead nicely. Our short term goal is to provide seamless support to our complete set of customers through the transition period and for the longer term, it is to make even more contributions to supporting the warfi ghter community. Finally, IGS is excited about the Hexagon acquisition and the possibilities for growth. That will result from IGS being a part of the Hexagon family, even though it will be an indirect relationship.