everis develops the NATO Platform that lays the foundations for services, apps and agility
Tuesday, 14 July, 2020

everis was awarded a contract valued at 10.4 million EUR by the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency.

The contract covers Wave 1 of the two-wave Service-Oriented Architecture and Identity Access Management Project, which will provide common middleware services for applications to build on. Work on Wave 1 began on 6 January 2020, and is expected to be completed in 2021.

“The Platform developed through this contract will ensure that business applications and services across the NATO ecosystem can efficiently and effectively respond to NATO's operational needs," said Pierre Pradier, Chief of Core Enterprise Services at the NCI Agency.

everis provides a variety of services under the contract, including integration, identity and security services, service management and platform hosting services. Among many benefits, the services provided under the contract will make application development simpler, cheaper and more rapid.

The development of the platform, which began in early January on an initial stage, is being done with the newest technologies available in the market, using microservices as the main innovative construct as well as the most advanced technological patterns.

With this approach, NATO will be able to interoperate, secure and evolve existing applications, and build new ones in a more efficient, homogeneous and agile way, much more in line with the current digital capabilities which modern applications offer (frictionless IT, functionality availability anytime and through any channel or device, fast response to changes and advanced resilience, among others).

Alberto Pizarro, Executive Partner of Technology and Advanced Solutions in everis says: “This (technologically) disruptive project that we are already working on is a step forward for NATO, given that the new capabilities provided by this platform will allow them to focus on the business logic because of the cross-domain, enhancing their processes and giving better solutions to its business units”.

On the other hand, Paul Howland, Polaris Programme Manager at the NCI Agency, explains that: “This project is a potential game-changer for the way NATO develops and deploys its operational services in the future. It will drive innovation and reduce operational costs by ensuring much greater reuse of capabilities."

José Luis del Amo, everis NATO Business Partner states that "This project is an exciting challenge for everis, as we will be working with the NCI Agency on one of the key projects in NATO's digital transformation process"

The project is one of four core projects in the wider Polaris Programme, the Agency's top priority after operations’ support. Polaris is focused on consolidating NATO's IT infrastructure so that it may be centrally managed, and modernizing it to allow for new ways of working. The Programme includes efforts to enhance security, particularly for a workforce that is more mobile than ever before.