Air Force council makes first enterprise PC buy

MONTGOMERY, Ala. ' The Air Force Information Technology Commodity Council has made its first buy, spending $7.5 million last week on Dell Inc. desktop computers for the Air Force Materiel Command.

Air Force CIO John Gilligan said the service bought the computers at a 30 percent discount by buying in bulk. It's a strategy the service plans to use more, he said today at the Air Force Information Technology Conference.

'We're evaluating the other commands planned purchases for desktops and laptops, and we'll bundle them and buy as an enterprise,' Gilligan said.

The Air Force in June formed the council, which has representatives from all the major commands. Its mission is to develop enterprise strategies for buying and managing IT products and services. Air Force Standards Systems Group officials lead the council.

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