International Consulting Associates, Inc. (ICA): Driving Transformational Change with Advanced Data Science

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Aws Ali, President
Founded in 2009, International Consulting Associates, Inc. (ICA) began its journey with a vision to provide innovative solutions in the international development and institutional capacity building space, primarily in the Middle East and post-conflict countries. ICA aimed to integrate innovative approaches to international programs to maximize efficiency, impact, and sustainability. In due course, the company grew out of the consultancy space and shifted its focus toward the implementation of programs. “Being a consultant, we had a voice at the table and were able to make commitments. However, we weren’t part of the decision-making process during the final stages of implementation,” notes Aws Ali, President at ICA. Since then, the company has steered away from solely consulting to directly engage with clients and end-users.

Evolving over the years, ICA has established itself as the go-to company for clients seeking help to identify, evaluate, and apply innovative technologies to modernize their missions. With the majority of its portfolio now focused on domestic programs supporting tech infusion initiatives, the company provides customers with a range of management solutions and technical services. From Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation to accelerating data-driven insights to flying drones in complex environments to capturing realtime data, ICA serves as an essential partner to help its clients across the technology spectrum. As more and more organizations transition from legacy systems toward better ways to capture, process, analyze and store data, ICA leads the way in helping clients truly embrace the power of AI and overcoming the costs of maintaining legacy IT infrastructure.

ICA’s team is result-oriented and has a proven track record in supporting federal agencies and large government services, primarily in three main areas: research and data analysis, advanceddata science, and strategic services. Actively involved in the federal health space, ICA supports clients in leveraging AI to advance patient safety and mitigate patient harm. "We are also helping the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in leveraging data from drones/ sensors to safely inspect the infrastructure and equipment at airports, replacing time-consuming, unsafe, and highly subjective traditional methods," adds Ali. Staying true to its roots, the company invests in innovation to incubate, test, and deploy technology solutions that are scalable, repeatable, and necessary. ICA achieves this through a consultative approach coupled with agile development and iterative design to rapidly develop and deploy technology solutions. In addition, the company is also certified under the U.S. Government's 8(a) Business Development program and identified as a small business with high potential to deliver innovative solutions in the federal space.

Customer success stories at ICA are aplenty. While working with a federal health client, the company developed an analytics tool that leverages Natural Language Processing (NLP) and AI to identify significant safety issues.


Our approach makes it easier for clients to share their most complex challenges and rely on us to bring the optimal team to meet their requirements

Demonstrating the impact of technology, ICA's tool was able to identify issues leading to substantial patient harm and death, which in some cases was years ahead of the existing process. "We were able to foster better AI-trust within the staff, building confidence that AI is there to help them build capacity for higher-value activities and enacting on the data in lieu of manually deciphering data," notes Ali. Acting as a solution integrator for its clients, ICA never fails to bring substantive solutions to the table, geared toward advancing the overall deployment of AI and thereby helping to expand the market. "Our approach makes it easier for clients to share their most complex challenges and rely on us to bring the optimal team to meet their requirements," adds Ali.

From a solutions and technology perspective, ICA delivers custom architecture for its federal clients. A typical client onboarding process at ICA starts with a thorough understanding of their pain points and the leadership’s vision for the organization to develop innovative solutions with a strong value proposition in mind. The company develops a nuanced understanding of the client's processes and data, and how the data interweaves into those processes. ICA aims to right-size the approach to minimize disruption to ongoing processes as clients explore modern technologies.

As of October 2021, ICA is only 1 of 3 firms approved by the FAA to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations in critical airspace to capture data on or near airports. The company is focused on rapidly expanding into the infrastructure assessment space leveraging drones, sensor technology, and edge computing for impactful and real-time insights. Determined to advance the AI industry at large, ICA works collaboratively with large and small business partners, including Booz Allen Hamilton, Harvard University, Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Regulatory Sciences, American College of Radiology, and Rackner. Deeply embedded in the company’s philosophy is the idea of testing and calibrating bold solutions and bringing them to the market. “As a small business, we operate without the fear of failing to stand out from the other players in the market. We adopt the client’s mission as our own and modernize it to drive organizational efficiency,” remarks Ali.

Company
International Consulting Associates, Inc. (ICA)

Headquarters
Arlington, VA

Management
Aws Ali, President

Description
ICA provides customers with a range of management solutions and technical services on complex domestic and international programs. From Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation to accelerating data-driven insights to flying drones in complex environments to capturing real-time data, ICA serves as an essential partner to help its clients across the technology spectrum. As more and more organizations transition from legacy systems toward better ways to capture, process, analyze and store data, ICA leads the way in helping clients truly embrace the power of AI and overcoming the costs of maintaining legacy IT infrastructure.

International Consulting Associates, Inc. (ICA)