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NCI buys Scientific & Engineering Solutions

NCI Information Systems Inc. of Reston, Va., bought Scientific & Engineering Solutions in a move to expand its services to the intelligence community.

NCI, a provider of IT services to government offices and government customers, said the purchase of Annapolis Junction-based SES will help it expand offerings at a time when federal, state and local governments are increasingly in need of reliable intelligence information. Sixty percent of NCI’s current revenue and 90 percent of SES’s current revenue comes from the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. NCI, founded in 1989, has about 1,400 employees in 11 locations.

SAIC buys Maryland firm

Science Applications International has acquired Atlantic Coast Telesys, a Maryland-based IT firm with intelligence and defense customers. Atlantic Coast Telesys, with about 200 employees and operations in both Hanover, Md., and Quantico, Va., will become part of SAIC’s Advanced Technologies and Solutions group in McLean. Atlantic Coast Telesys, founded in 1988, specializes in digital signals processing, software and hardware engineering and Web portal development. In September, the San Diego-based engineering firm bought D.C.-based Jullien Enterprises, which makes video systems, perimeter protection systems and security control centers.

Anteon wins $105M homeland security job

Fairfax, Va.-based defense contractor Anteon International will help the Department of Homeland Security make sure its IT systems share information with the right people. The company says it has won a six-year contract worth up to $105 million for systems engineering from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Under the contract, Anteon will help ensure the interoperability of IT systems and homeland security systems both within the United States and with coalition partners abroad. Anteon, whose third-quarter sales grew by 30 percent, has said it may beat fourth-quarter forecasts and has predicted its first-ever billion dollar year for sales.

Cogent buys French, Spanish ISPs

District-based Cogent Communications acquired two ISP firms, LambdaNet Spain and LambdaNet France, previously owned by Firstmark Communications. Financial terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed, although Cogent says it got equity investments from investors in both Europe and the United States before the acquisition and will become shareholders in the combined company. Cogent says it will continue to support the LambdaNet operations, but plans to expand them and introduce ISP pricing plans based on the discount packages it offers customers in North America. Cogent plans to create one of the largest pan-European operations in existence, according to CEO Dave Schaeffer.

Cogent currently offers ISP services to business customers in France, Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland. It sells its high-speed data service in about 70 markets in North America and Europe.

iCode product nominated

Chantilly, Va.-based iCode, Inc., developer of the world’s first all-in-one, integrated enterprise resource planning solution for small to medium businesses (“mini-ERP” solution) saidthe Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has named iCode’s Everest® Advanced Edition 2.0 as a finalist in the 19th Annual Codie Awards. Everest is one of just five products to make it to the finalist level within the Best Business Software Product or Service category. Everest Advanced Edition 1.0 was named a 2003 finalist for the Best E-Commerce Solution, making this Everest’s second year to have received this highly esteemed recognition. As a 2004 Codie Awards finalist, iCode is recognized among the world’s largest software companies.

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