SAP NS2 is an independent U.S.-based arm of SAP that provides enterprise technology solutions to support national security. To learn more about SAP NS2, I interviewed the company CEO Mark Testoni.
Testoni served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and has held various roles in logistics, information technology and financial management. After retiring from the military, Testoni worked at Oracle for nine years and led the application business for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). After moving to SAP, he became the president of the Public Services business. And in 2011, he was asked to head up SAP NS2.
At SAP NS2, Testoni said that his primary responsibilities as the CEO is to lead and manage a broad team including sales, consulting, product support, cloud-delivered applications, infrastructure and go-to-market strategy. And Testoni said that he wakes up excited every day to work with “the most talented people in the industry on the common goal of providing the most innovative commercial technology solutions, in the most rapid way possible, to advance the national security mission.”
As SAP works with the largest companies around the world and every major industry, NS2 extends those solutions to customers in the defense, homeland security, intelligence and critical infrastructure sectors. Testoni said that NS2’s solutions run all the way from the battlefield on the tactical level to data centers and analysis centers on a national level.
SAP NS2 formed shortly after SAP acquired Sybase in 2010. After SAP acquired Sybase, a more official structure in the form of a ‘proxy company’ was required to serve its core customers in the national security space. The sector has specialized requirements around the physical location of the company, employees and citizenship. SAP NS2 formed in 2011 to support those requirements with 100% U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.
SAP NS2’s technology has evolved from applying advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning to problems like cybersecurity and counterterrorism. “We can help our customers better understand suspect patterns of behavior, their associations and even their intent. We can fuse all different sources of data together to rapidly give our government’s operations an edge. Anyone can be a data scientist with these tools,” said Testoni in the interview. “To better exploit our platform’s capabilities in the national security space, we’ve created investment and partnership relationships with emerging technologies and companies interested in innovating on our SAP HANA (high-speed data analytics) platform and other technical platforms that support the work we’re doing in the national security space. We’ve also acquired a company, and plan for more, to give us access and other leading-edge technologies to solve today’s important problems. We expect to drive great benefit to the communities we serve and substantial growth in the next five years.”