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CherryRoad GT Wins Defense Knowledge Online (DKO) Operations and Maintenance Subcontract With Northrop Grumman

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- CherryRoad Group Inc., a full-service systems integrator, has announced that its government division, CherryRoad GT Inc., was awarded a subcontract by Northrop Grumman Corporation to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services to support the Defense Knowledge Online (DKO) program.

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ — CherryRoad Group Inc., a full-service systems integrator, has announced that its government division, CherryRoad GT Inc., was awarded a subcontract by Northrop Grumman Corporation to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services to support the Defense Knowledge Online (DKO) program.

DKO is a Department of Defense (DoD) program, managed by the Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) of the U.S. Army. Upon completion, DKO will include knowledge, collaboration, and messaging services for the DoD, military and, potentially, all Federal government agencies, thereby creating the largest system of its kind.

Under the terms of the award, CherryRoad GT will perform complete O&M services including: portal maintenance; systems engineering and administration; three-tiered service desk; network engineering and administration; information assurance; certification and accreditation; network monitoring; and application support. The company will also support Northrop Grumman, by providing asset, change, and requirements management, customer outreach, and user training services. The comprehensive O&M solution employed by CherryRoad GT for DKO includes industry-leading, COTS and open source management tools from a variety of manufacturers.

From 1998 to 2007, CherryRoad GT served as prime contractor for the Army Knowledge Online (AKO) program, a best-of-breed portal chosen by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as a model for DKO. In 2002, CherryRoad GT collaborated with Northrop Grumman for AKO disaster recovery architecture and support services. CherryRoad GT has also teamed with Appian for DKO portal and BPM software integration and maintenance, the second such collaboration between the two firms. On October 1, 2007 efforts began to facilitate DKO becoming the entry point for personnel in the DoD community. As such, DKO users can access DoD-wide content, capabilities, services and data.

"The launch of DKO is a significant milestone in the DoD's continuing transformation toward network centric enterprise services. CherryRoad GT is humbled by this acknowledgement of our ability and commitment to assist the DoD, U.S. Army, and Northrop Grumman to achieve that important goal," said Tom Ferrando, president and chief operating officer of CherryRoad GT. "Our rich legacy with the AKO program and proven service capabilities make CherryRoad the ideal partner for Northrop Grumman and the DKO program."

When complete, DKO will serve up to 8 million active, retired, reserve, civilian, contractor, and National Guard service members from all military branches, as well as the family members of deployed military personnel.

About CherryRoad Group

CherryRoad Group provides comprehensive systems integration and consulting services that achieve breakthrough results for industry and government, through CherryRoad GT, the government division, and CherryRoad Technologies, the commercial division. CherryRoad Group clients include: the U.S. Army; The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Atlantic Health System; the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church, USA; City of Pasadena; Hampton Roads Transit; Malcolm Pirnie; Mercedes-Benz; MetLife; National Exchange Carrier Association; the New York Public Library; Philadelphia Housing Authority; Port of Seattle; Twentieth Century Fox; Visiting Nurse Service of New York; and XL Capital. CherryRoad Group has nearly 400 employees and is based in Parsippany, N.J. with offices throughout the United States.

SOURCE CherryRoad Group Inc.

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