WASHINGTON, DC/ MELBOURNE, FL, December 20, 2011 — The Department of Homeland Security has approved Harris Corporation's mentor-protégé agreement with Unissant, Inc. The Department's mentor-protégé program encourages large, established prime contractors to assist in the development and maturation of small, disadvantaged businesses' technical and management capabilities to provide greater assurance of successful contract performance.
"Harris' mentorship with Unissant will strengthen our long-term business relationship and help to optimize both businesses' opportunities and performance on contracts with the Department of Homeland Security," said John Heller, president, Harris IT Services.
Under the three-year program, Harris will assist Unissant compete for contracts and other related business opportunities with the Department of Homeland Security. Harris will train Unissant employees on program management and the business acquisition process, as well as support Unissant's initiative to attain Capability Maturity Model® Integration Level 4 and Information Technology Infrastructure Library certification.
"Unissant has built an exceptional relationship with Harris and we anticipate synergies for both organizations within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and beyond, to markets such as healthcare, education, the Department of Defense, and other government customers," said Manish Malhotra, president and chief executive officer, Unissant.
Based in Reston, Virginia, Unissant is an innovative software development and consulting company committed to enabling organizations to harness the power of information. Unissant meets this commitment by delivering state-of-the-art enterprise computing solutions to their clients.
In IT Services, Harris designs, deploys and operates secure communications systems and information networks for some of the most complex, essential applications in the world for high-profile customers in government and commercial markets. Well-credentialed professionals deliver expertise worldwide in Program Management, Enterprise Services Management and Information Assurance-on time, on budget, with solutions that are ready for today and built for tomorrow.