Creative Information Technology, Inc. (CITI), a rapidly growing mid-tier IT firm known for its entrepreneurial business approach, announced that it has signed a teaming agreement with Apple, Inc., of Cupertino, California, to work collaboratively and strategically to develop mobile solutions for select federal government agencies. In return for CITI delivering Apple product training to its technical staff and developing government-ready mobile applications, Apple will work closely with the Washington, DC-based company, providing both technical and marketing assistance for the purpose of growing a mobile computing center of excellence for the U.S. Government.
“Getting a partnership agreement signed with Apple was one of our goals for 2012 and I am glad that we achieved it as Apple is very selective in their partnership program,” said Sunil Kolhekar, president and CEO of CITI. “Now, the difficult part is to make use of this relationship and grow the partnership by developing products that will be transformative and innovative for our customers’ businesses.”
This new teaming agreement, fully signed off between the two parties as of April 4, continues in force for two years. It acknowledges the fact that both parties “have special experience and expertise along with unique capabilities”—capabilities which are complementary to each other. It also acknowledges that CITI presently has several existing contracts with federal agencies that are building mobile solutions, and that by partnering with Apple, the company will be able to expand business opportunities in the domain of mobile solutions. The agreement specifically targets opportunities at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
CITI has been actively developing mobile computing products and solutions for more than two years, concentrating such efforts in the market spaces of identity management/biometrics; retail in-store navigation and customer service; and travel services for the U.S. Department of State. One such application is the mobile version of the STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) application, a service to U.S. citizens traveling to, or living in, a foreign country, which enables them to get assistance from the State Department in an emergency as well as to obtain vital information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Christopher Buckley, CITI’s mobile computing practice manager and acting director, was definitely enthused about this new relationship with Apple.
“The new Apple partnership marks a pivotal point for mobile computing at CITI,” Buckley said. “We are excited to move forward and explore new opportunities afforded to us by this partnership, and we are grateful to all those who helped make this agreement happen.”
Apple, Inc. was named the most admired company in the world for the past four years by Fortune magazine. The company ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s, reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh, and continues to lead the industry in the mobile computing space with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.