Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The proof is in the savings

Some of the comments in your article 'Defense-wide BPA offers deals on Informix software'' [GCN, July 26, Page 40] sound like sour grapes. I find it hard to believe that Logicon Inc. of Herndon, Va., will be getting many more orders for Informix Corp. software from the Defense Department.

The significance of these new deals is that DOD has united to buy software in DOD quantities, not smaller program quantities. Under the deal with Informix of Menlo Park, Calif., my agency will be able to save $8 million over three years for Informix software. I would like to hear Logicon's Vince Steckler's response to that. With that kind of savings, we could fund a free help desk and numerous other programs.

Rex Bolton [a computer specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and head of DOD's Enterprise Software Initiative Steering Committee] and deputy Defense chief information officer Marvin Langston should be commended for staying the course on this one.

Dan Collins

Computer specialist

Agency name withheld

Defense Department

Reston, Va.

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