Analytics firm Perduco Group has a new home on Pentagon Boulevard.
For a company focused on clients in defense and health care, the location makes sense, Perduco principals Toyzanne Mason and Stephen Chambal said. The offices at 3610 Pentagon are close to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and in the shadow of the Indu & Raj Soin Medical Center.
The company started in Mason’s home in early 2011 before sharing offices with a partner on Springfield Street at the Wright Office Park. Perduco grew from two to 20 employees today, so more space became a necessity.
Perduco helps customers in defense, health care and sports use large sets of data to make smart business decisions and get insights on what the future holds — looking into what Chambal calls a “mathematical crystal ball.”
“The buzzword now is ‘big data,’” said Chambal, a mathematician who retired from a 25-year Air Force career in 2011. “We kind of laugh. Yeah, you have big data, but what are you going to do with it?”
Health care in coming years may become Perduco’s biggest sector, Chambal said. But sports will likely remain “a niche play for us.” But sports is big business, particularly with fantasy gaming growing in popularity, he added.
“It’s fun. But we’re still in the early phases, and we’re not quite sure where it’s going to go,” Mason said.
Entrepreneurs may go to Perduco trying to answer questions about budgeting, leadership, senior-level decisions that might need an analytical “foundation,” Chambal said. The questions may be practical ones, such as how to effectively schedule employees, how to get more out of limited space for parking,and what’s the best way to help certain patients.
Perduco’s annual revenue this year will hit $2 million, a doubling of revenue from 2011, even with the partial government shutdown this year.
Like other defense contractors, Perduco is eyeing the upcoming ATEP (Advanced Technical Exploitation Program) II contract — a nearly $1 billion contract over eight years in support of NASIC (the National Air and Space Intelligence Center) at the base. Proposals from interested companies are due by Nov. 15.
Perduco sees itself participating as a smaller subcontractor, partnering with one of perhaps four prime contractors, Chambal said. But he is well aware of local concerns that small businesses may not get a piece of the contract.
He said Perduco has met with NASIC representatives and hopes to be a player on ATEP II after main contractors are selected.
“We’re very interested in doing work at NASIC, but we’re very comfortable doing that in a sub-contractor support role,” he said.