Army signs departmentwide BPA with Sybase for databases

Army signs departmentwide BPA with Sybase for databases

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

Having completed work on a Defense Department program geared to reduce software prices, Army officials recently signed a blanket purchasing agreement with Sybase Inc.

The Army Small Computer Program's BPA includes Sybase's Adaptive Server Enterprise product. The deal also includes software maintenance and consulting services available on the company's General Services Administration Information Technology Schedule contract, said Lee Harvey, division chief at the Army Communications-Electronics Command's Acquisition Center'Washington.

DOD buyers can receive discounts of up to 42 percent off Sybase's GSA IT Schedule contract pricing for maintenance and up to 24 percent off the pricing for products, Harvey said.

The BPA is good until Jan. 15, 2003, but Adaptive Server Enterprise will be included on the BPA through March with an option to extend through September, he said.

The agreement also includes a provision for department buyers to receive a 60.5 percent discount off Sybase's GSA IT Schedule contract pricing for an unlimited-use license for Adaptive Server Enterprise, Harvey said.

It's now complete

With BPAs for products from Informix Corp. of Menlo Park, Calif., and Oracle Corp. already signed, the Army has completed its portion of the DOD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) for relational database management systems, said Yvonne Jackson, product manager for the Army Small Computer Program at Fort Monmouth, N.J. Microsoft SQL Server could be included in a Navy ESI for the company's office automation products, she said.

The BPA includes client and server Sybase products for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and Unix, Jackson said.

'We took the top 10 [RDMS products] based on the requirements that were submitted to the Office of the Secretary of Defense,' Harvey said.

That data helped determine 'which animals we should attack to save the most money,' he said.

The start of discussions with Sybase officials kicked off in November 1998, Harvey said.

He said negotiations began last June after the company submitted a proposal.

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