Army starts to consolidate software buys

Army starts to consolidate software buys

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.'The Army awarded a $78 million delivery order last week to Softmart of Downington, Pa., to consolidate its enterprise software purchases from Microsoft Corp.

'The purpose is to have procurement asset management,' said Sandy Sieber, director of the Army Contracting Agency. The agency buys IT equipment and support services for the Army and supports the Army CIO office, program executive office for enterprise information systems, and Network Enterprise Technology Command.

Softmart is one of nine Microsoft resellers awarded a Defense Department blanket purchasing agreement under DOD's Enterprise Software Initiative. The Army contract with Softmart, a small business, was awarded on May 30.

Sieber discussed the deal yesterday at the Army Small Computer Program's IT Conference.

Sieber said the Army could require contracting officials in the service to consult the contracting agency first for IT procurement. The policy would give the agency the right of first refusal in making IT buys for Army agencies and would push service brass to conduct more strategic acquisition planning, she added.

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