That was Gunner Technology's collective response when the company decided to start working with the public sector in 2017.
"I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but nothing like what I saw when we starting looking at some of the bids and contracts coming out of the government," Gunner founder and CEO, Cody Swann, said. "Projects that should have cost $25,000 were being awarded for $2 million."
Some of Gunner's earliest bids were rejected because the bid price was too low.
"We literally would submit a prototype of what the agency wanted, but we'd still lose the bid," Swann said. "They said the price was too good to be true."
"We're not afraid to go with new technologies," Gunner Vice President of Product Development, Jeramiah Anthony, said. "We shutter whenever we hear 'enterprise,' because that's just a synonym for 'slow.' There's no advantage from using enterprise tools like .Net or Java and plenty of disadvantages."
These advantages allow Gunner to buck the old expression.
"They say, out of Quality, Speed and Price, you have to pick two," Anthony said. "But, with us, that's not true. You get all three."
Gunner is a certified small, disadvantaged, minority-owned business with a 100% US-based workforce.
"We work as both prime contractors and subcontractors, offering Staff Augmentation across a spectrum of services including development, design, engineering, project management and business analysis," Swann said. "We don't sub out anything. Everything is done in-house."
Prime contractors and government procurement officers can check out some of the work Gunner has done in the public sector below.
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