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Hill Associates: Helping Government Agencies Adopt Cloud Solutions Through the Right Contracts

Kelsey Hill, President & Founder , Hill AssociatesKelsey Hill, President & Founder
The fact that cloud enhances the security of IT infrastructures stands as a key reason behind government organizations adopting the technology in recent years. As government agencies explore uncharted territories, they need the guidance of an experienced partner to develop, deploy, and manage innovative solutions to ensure that they do not falter. And who better to meet this need than the organization that helped the Department of Justice award the first major contract across the Government under the GSA Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) vehicle?

Hill Associates, the lead contractor for the EIS transitions of the Department of Justice and Department of the Treasury, knows the challenges large and small agencies face with this new program from GSA. The $50 billion GSA EIS contract addresses many aspects of federal IT infrastructure requirements for the next decade and a half. With federal agencies preparing to transition their services from GSA Networx, WITS-3, and other local contracts to EIS, Hill Associates aids customers with the acquisition and transition to secure and resilient cloud and network communications infrastructures. “EIS is widely recognized as the GSA contract vehicle that provides telecommunications services for the Federal Government, but it’s also a pathway to simplify acquisition of FedRAMP certified infrastructure, platform, and software-based cloud services that can be implemented using different cloud deployment models,” states Jim Naughton, Vice President and DOJ Program Lead at Hill Associates. The company foresees federal agencies making extensive plans and gathering data across multiple systems before shifting to EIS.

“We help customers reimagine their IT infrastructure with innovative solutions to modernize existing systems,” informs Alessandro Bucelli, Vice President, Technology and Corporate Development. As an IT partner, the company delivers a full range of business and technical advisory services, providing proactive solutions to negate IT discrepancies before they become a cause for concern. Over the past 17 years, Hill Associates has partnered with numerous clients to oversee smooth vendor implementations. The company’s team of experienced consultants aid clients in defining the key success criteria they want to achieve as a part of their cloud infrastructure strategy. They assist customers in the acquisition and procurement of new infrastructure by ensuring proper market research and zeroing in on appropriate cloud service providers (CSP).


We help customers in redefining their IT infrastructure with innovative solutions to modernize existing systems

“We aid government agencies in evaluating different IT solution providers available in the marketplace to identify the best solutions to address business requirements,” explains Bucelli. The company supports clients with vendor management through program and financial management, and oversees managed service agreements with Managed CSPs. “We work with vendors to provide optimized and cost-effective solutions and services.”

The vendor-agnostic Hill Associates prides itself on providing unbiased advice to clients and collaborating with them to increase ROI. On the financial front, Hill Associates helps government sector clients with cost model development of cloud-based services while formulating and executing budget plans. In addition, the company offers independent cost and estimate support while also reviewing service optimization initiatives. Hill Associates also looks into carrier and vendor management, all the while mitigating technical issues in projects, security, and contract negotiations. “At the Department of the Treasury, we’ve had great success in driving financial and service transparency for customers of shared infrastructure programs,’’ says Brian Clary, Vice President and Treasury Program Lead. “In addition, our clients look to our experts for program health assessments in order to help course correct where needed for better strategic outcomes.”

Hill Associates works with agencies to develop cloud strategies that increase adoption of services, while streamlining acquisitions and use for cloud customers. The company also engineers secure cloud connectivity solutions for agencies. “Our team worked closely to architect, design, and implement a Cloud Optimized Trusted Internet Connection Service to enable more secure and seamless Internet traffic through CSPs like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure,” says Brian Fraize, Vice President, Technical Lead. At large Government agencies, Hill Associates has implemented NetBond connectivity through AT&T to enable secure cloud connectivity with SLAs. The company supports agencies with the design of cloud infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and software-as-a-service solutions for its customers. The company supports data center optimization in addition to network design and architecture while providing oversight of managed network services for its clients. On the security front, Hill Associates handles network security architecture as well as vulnerability assessment and gap analysis. The company carries out comprehensive security audits while also verifying and validating relevant processes independently for clients.

As a small business with less than 50 people, the company aims to grow its client-base through its continued commitment to excellence. “We are a small and nimble group of proven expert consultants, with a strong reputation for tackling our clients’ toughest problems,” says Kelsey Hill, President and Founder. “We are excited to partner with our clients and become part of their team when supporting this important work.”

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Hill Associates

Company
Hill Associates

Headquarters
Rockville, MD

Management
Kelsey Hill, President & Founder

Description
As one of the leading players in the Cloud space offering products to clients from the government sector, Hill Associates is an IT partner that delivers a full range of business and technical advisory services, and assists clients in transitioning to the cloud. Over the past 17 years, Hill Associates has partnered with numerous clients to oversee smooth vendor implementations. The company’s team of experienced consultants aid clients in defining the key success criteria they want to achieve as a part of their cloud infrastructure strategy. They assist customers in the acquisition and procurement of new infrastructure by ensuring proper market research and zeroing in on appropriate cloud service providers