Encore IITask Area 6 - Market Research and Prototyping

Market Conditions  Under this task area, the contractor shall assist the government in researching current market conditions and provide solutions to prevent premature systems obsolescence.  The contractor will operate and maintain prototype applications and databases to determine optimal cross-functional solutions for integration concepts and problems integral to the integration process.

Prototype Support  The contractor shall assist the government in providing definition, development, tailoring, installation, testing, evaluation, operation, and training of prototype systems and services.  This support can cover the entire life-cycle of a prototype from initial knowledge engineering and user requirements identification through prototype evolution to provide an operational product that supports evolving mission requirements.  This support for prototyping may include use of research to develop new applications, tools, techniques, systems and processes to support the integrity and defense of the GIG.

Support  Leveraging the best commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions, open systems and web services, that are National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) approved, requires diligent market research and prototyping.  In addition, the strategy to provide plug and play services requires the operation and maintenance of prototype applications and databases to determine optimal cross-functional solutions for integration concepts and problems integral to the integration process.

Technical Conference Support The contractor shall support regular vendor meetings and industry technology presentations. The contractor shall assist with developing, setting up, and managing technical conferences. The contractor shall participate in research and development efforts and assist in outreach programs to academia, industry and other government entities.