The platform is also an enabler for smaller businesses to work with NATO on applications, Valle said.
"This new work space could facilitate the collaboration of smaller companies together with bigger companies, together with us," said Detlef Janezic, Chief of Service Engineering and Architecture at the NCI Agency.
NATO's contracts for large software projects, like those for physical infrastructure, focus on asking for one big, specific deliverable. That methodology makes sense for what it was originally designed for: something of more physical permanence like a building or runway, but not for software applications.
But NATO is in the process of changing the way it contracts for software to make it easier for industry to incorporate new technologies into a project as it works on it. NATO also wants to help industry deliver software in small increments, so NATO and the Nations can test it as it is developed.
NATO wants to harness commercial innovation and reflect the fast pace of the technology industry, and the Software Factory is helping NATO undergo its digital transformation.
"There is a big push by Nations to NATO so that the procurement policies might be changed and adapted to this new way of doing business," Valle said.
About NATO's journey to the cloud: This article is part of an ongoing series focused on how the NCI Agency is embracing state-of-the-art cloud computing technologies. The Agency has organized its efforts in this area into a "Cloud Adoption Roadmap" with pragmatic goals to move key services to the cloud to enable reliable, 24/7 service. The Agency, which leads NATO's digital endeavour, is focused on driving technological progress across the Alliance. Such a digital endeavour means examining, of course, everything from NATO's global communications to its applications. The Agency will continue to map out this journey to the cloud in May through a panel discussion at its annual industry conference NITEC19. To learn more, or attend, visit the event website.
Miss our story about the other part of the NCI Agency's Software Factory? Read all about the NATO App Store here.
Also, read more about NATO Community Development (NCoDe).