Microsoft beats out Amazon after contentious competition for DOD’s JEDI award

Last Friday’s announcement of the massive U.S. federal government cloud contract led Senior Analyst John Caucis to publish a special report explaining how Microsoft won, why Amazon lost, and what it all means for the IT services vendors in the U.S. public sector space. “Regardless of why the DOD [Department of Defense] chose to announce the winner of the biggest single cloud contract to date in federal IT (and one of the biggest IT contracts in federal IT history) when it did, Microsoft is now poised to capture potentially billions in revenue as the DOD’s leading cloud vendor on JEDI [Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure], an award with a $10 billion ceiling and a potential 10-year life span if all options are exercised. Vendor selection for JEDI has been ongoing for over a year, plagued by multiple protests, internal investigations, and conflict-of-interest allegations by and between the initial four contestants, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. The acrimony kept the DOD from awarding JEDI by its original target date of April 2019, though the agency eliminated IBM and Oracle in April in the first ‘down-select’ of the vendor review process.”

Additional assessments publishing this week from our analyst teams

“Restructuring and automation efforts help Fujitsu reposition for profitable growth in its services business. However, the company may need to look outside its traditional client base to see tangible results throughout 2020.” — Kelly Lesiczka, Analyst

“From a cloud perspective, Fujitsu will align its strategy to its competitors’ strategies, which consist of encouraging customer migrations to hybrid and multicloud environments. However, TBR believes Fujitsu’s expertise in IT outsourcing will serve as a differentiator as Fujitsu looks to explore operational services within multicloud environments more heavily compared to industry peers. Fujitsu announced plans to invest ¥500 billion in its DX business over the next five years and to launch an independently operated consulting business, expected in January 2020, to meet its technology goals.” — Nicki Catchpole, Senior Analyst

“While Cognizant faced challenges within its mature industry segments in 2Q19, we expect the company improved its ability to scale digital solutions through additional acquisitions, such as Zenith Technologies, to offset pressure in 3Q19.” — Lesiczka

Tata Consultancy Services’ (TCS) Business 4.0 strategy focuses on expanding the company’s solution suite around next-generation offerings such as AI, analytics, big data, blockchain, cloud, IoT and security. Integrating this strategy across service delivery and got-to-market teams enables TCS to sustain its global brand awareness and creates opportunities to upsell existing clients and attract new logos seeking increasingly comprehensive digital transformations, which generates opportunities for longer-term and often larger-dollar outsourcing engagements.” — Kevin Collupy, Analyst

“TBR’s Global Delivery Benchmark shows that agile-based service delivery is speeding up vendors’ ability to deliver at scale, which is forcing vendors to hire more talent with specific skills to keep pace in this delivery model. As vendors continue to adjust business models to operate in an automation-enabled services environment, their inability to systematically and consistently monetize IP will further pressure profits.” — Boz Hristov, Senior Analyst

“In the latest Digital Transformation Insights report on Digital Marketing Services, TBR notes that as the most mature digital transformation process, customer experience process has compelled buyers to embark on omnichannel projects to unify insights and processes across the customer life cycle and deliver more personalized experiences to end consumers. While macroeconomic headwinds will taper revenue growth, AI-enabled user experience solutions will continue to create entry points for customer acquisitions compelling vendors to recalibrate investment strategies.” — Hristov

Leidos’ 3Q19 revenue is expected to rise between 4% and 6% year-to-year to between $2.68 billion and $2.73 billion as the company’s backlog continues to reach new highs, owing to a strong, sustained pace of net-new contract bookings across defense, civilian and particularly, healthcare areas. Leidos also successfully defended its position on a handful of large projects during 3Q19, including the $2.9 billion, 10-year NASA End-User Services & Technologies (NEST) program and the $927 million IT and logistics support contract with the Transportation Security Agency (TSA).” — Caucis

CACI’s revenue is projected to increase between 15% and 20% year-to-year to between $1.34 billion and $1.4 billion in 3Q19. A revenue result for CACI anywhere in the projected range would represent another record level for the company, reflecting the tight alignment of its differentiated solutions with high-priority spending areas in the defense and intelligence markets. CACI is beating out incumbents on large-scale program recompetes and effectively defending its incumbency on its own legacy engagements, while the strength of its fiscal performance points to a high-value solutions mix highly relevant to its core customer set. $1 billion in acquisitions made in 1Q19 are also bolstering CACI’s top-line, though concurrently generating margin pressures.” — Caucis

Booz Allen Hamilton’s (BAH) revenue is expected to increase between 9% and 11% year-to-year to between $1.76 billion and $1.79 billion in 3Q19, consistent with the company’s plan to aggressively execute on its FY2020 growth objectives during the first half of the fiscal year (calendar 2Q19 and 3Q19).  BAH is realizing balanced growth across its government-focused business lines, while growth in its Global Commercial business has been more variable. Irrespective, BAH continues to book a strong volume of IT modernization, advisory and security-focused engagements.” — Caucis

“To further reduce churn and increase revenue, T-Mobile is building a more robust customer ecosystem by launching new value-added services, expanding its IoT portfolio, and entering new markets such as video and residential broadband.” — Steve Vachon, Analyst

AT&T’s network investments in areas including 5G, NFV, SDN and IoT are providing the foundation for businesses to support digital transformation initiatives to enhance efficiency and customer experience. AT&T is preparing to support next-generation digital solutions by fostering network innovations at its six global AT&T Foundry centers as well as working with multiple leading technology providers including Dell Technologies, IBM, Microsoft, Samsung and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.” — Vachon

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