Booz Allen Hamilton—a management and technology consulting firm—acquired Charleston-based software development firm SPARC this week for an undisclosed sum. The move strengthens the firm’s growing capabilities in Agile software development, a key component in its approach to solving complex technology and mission-critical systems challenges.
SPARC provides software development services for the government and commercial sectors, and develops commercial software products for employee engagement, human resources, big data analytics, and mobile markets.
“The SPARC team is a great addition to Booz Allen, bolstering our ability to deliver the large, highly integrated systems that clients are demanding,” said Horacio Rozanski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Booz Allen. “This acquisition advances the firm’s long-term strategy, which is focused on ensuring we have the specialized talent and technical capabilities we need to drive growth across our client base.”
Booz Allen has acquired the unit, its assets, and about 270 staff who currently provide software development services for the Department of Veterans Affairs and additional public and private sector clients.
The acquisition will expand and enhance the firm’s ability to integrate technical and mission-related requirements to deliver technologies like cloud, mobile, and modular services using contemporary methodologies such as Agile, DevOps, and open source.
The services group, which grew its revenue by 26 percent in 2014, will operate from its Charleston facility, where 65 Booz Allen employees are currently co-located. In Booz Allen’s fiscal year 2017, the transaction is expected to increase its earnings to approximately $50 million of incremental annual revenue. SPARC’s products’ unit will continue to operate separately under different ownership.
”The opportunity to join a firm like Booz Allen that so strongly values our expertise, shares our focus on culture, and offers the chance to expand into new areas of client work is an exciting development for the SPARC team, and we look forward to accomplishing great things together,” said SPARC Chief Executive Officer Marc Murphy.
Booz Allen sets itself apart in its systems delivery, the combination of its broad range of technology capabilities, an intimate understanding of a client’s mission, and an awareness and sensitivity to the management challenges of organizational adaptation and adoption. The company looks forward to having SPARC on board for its future plans.
“The SPARC team is known for its deep expertise in modern Agile and DevOps methods, as well as its creativity in delivering solutions integrating cloud computing, UI/UX design, mobile technologies, cyber security, and production operations,” said Gary Labovich, Executive Vice President for Booz Allen’s systems delivery business. “We see this acquisition as an excellent fit for both companies.”
In 2013, SPARC was ranked by Inc. 500 as the 14th fastest-growing private company in the U.S., and it has been named a South Carolina Best Places to Work winner four times.