Capstone – Project

Strategic analysis of growth opportunities in existing and new markets

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Project Synopsis

Sumaria provides services to the US Department of Defense, primarily the US Air Force.  Sumaria was founded in 1982 and has grown rapidly over the last 3 years.  The company is analyzing how to continue to grow, with a focus on expanding margins, customers, and capabilities.  The Notre Dame team will work to understand our current situation and capabilities, market, competition and potential new customers. The team will develop a set of data-based recommendations for growth areas to explore further. Analysis should include: market sizes, competitors capabilities, basis of competition, size of individual opportunities, profit potential, resources required to execute, and probability of success.


  • 99 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923.


  • US Citizenship required
  • The Sumaria team will distribute company and market overview materials in advance of the engagement
  • Familiarity with government contracting is helpful
  • Former military or familiarity with military would be helpful


  • If successful, the students will become familiar with many of the challenges faced by small companies; they will also be able to more likely develop creative solutions to overcome these challenges
  • The students will become more knowledgeable about the U.S. government and defense business sectors and how small businesses navigate these sectors
  • The students will develop a near and long term growth strategy for Sumaria, helping the company focus its efforts while diversifying its market and service offerings

Project Topics

Growth Strategy


Sales & Business Development

Talent Management

Company Information

CompanySumaria Systems
StageMedium Business
Hiring PotentialN/A

Company Overview

Sumaria Systems, Inc., is a leading woman-owned Information Technology, Engineering, and Professional & Technical Services company headquartered in Danvers, MA.

Experiential Learning Program Details

SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business
Engagement FormatCapstone - Small Team Consulting Project - Students work in consulting teams of 3-5 directly with faculty and client liaisons on developing real solutions to real-world challenges.
Students EnrolledN/A
Meeting Day & TimeN/A
Student Time Commitment1-3 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment3-5 Hours
Duration0.29 Weeks

Program Timeline

Touchpoints & Assignments Due Date Type

Key Project Milestones

  • October 15, 2019 - Understand the company and preliminary evaluation of the market(s)

    1. Familiarize yourself with the company products/services, structure and organization
    2. Do a deep dive into the industry. Pay close attention to the key customers, contract vehicles, spend patterns. Look at near and far term trends, growth trajectory, and the likely areas of future success for the company.
    3. Develop data on market opportunities focused on how to accelerate growth. With concrete data evaluate: market segment sizes and attractiveness for:
      • Customers: Department of Defense (Army, Navy, etc); Cabinet Departments (State, Commerce, HLS, etc.); Other Government Agencies (NASA, FAA, States, etc.)
      • Contract Vehicles required
      • Partnership Opportunities: 8a mentoring, teaming with large prime contractors
      • Skills required to be successful
      • Profitability
      • Geography
      • Basis of Competition: Low price, best value, highest rated technical offer, etc.
      • Full and open competitions vs Small Business set aside

    Suggested Deliverable:

    • Begin to create an industry overview report, identifying potential areas of focus.
  • October 16, 2019 - Competitor analysis and strategies for differentiation

    1. Who are the largest/most important competitors and how do they stack up against Sumaria?
    2. Create a comprehensive list of key competitors and industry stakeholders that sell similar products and/or services.
    3. Compare Sumaria with competitors in the following areas: pricing, features, services, geographic reach, customer demographics, revenue, margins, etc.

    Suggested Deliverable:

    • Develop a competitive picture and strategy/rationale for differentiation
  • October 17, 2019 - Growth Prioritization

    1. Using the market analysis data, rank the segments for attractiveness
    1. Develop market entry strategies for the top 3 ranked segments
    2. What resources are needed?
    3. Is the organization structured appropriately for growth?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    • Develop focused, market entry strategy(ies); near and longer term paths for growth
  • October 18, 2019 - Final Report & Presentation

    • Present findings and recommendations on Sumaria’s market position, competitors, and strategies for differentiation and growth

Project Resources

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Industry Mentors

Company Admin


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Academic Mentors


Alice Obermiller

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Assigned Students

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