DISA deals further information grid efforts

The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded contracts for pilot work for the Global Information Grid-Enterprise Services initiative.

CollabNet Inc. of Brisbane, Calif., and SiteScape Inc. of Maynard, Mass., each won a $99,990 contract.

The companies will conduct a range of small services, DISA officials said. Possible pilots include document and software development and systems engineering as DISA further defines the Web services it wants to field for GIG by June of next year.

Through the Enterprise Services initiative, DISA plans to integrate Defense Department information services over its blossoming global network infrastructure. The objective is to reduce the number of resources warfighters must tap to get the information they need, Defense CIO John Stenbit said.

The Enterprise Services component of GIG will create common tools for collecting, processing, storing, accessing, disseminating and managing information, Stenbit said. Warfighters, policy-makers and support personnel will all use it, he added.

'Through a unified Web-based system, global development projects are now possible. We expect the instant code-sharing capability and the management and auditing features to result in higher productivity across the entire development community,' said Rob Vietmeyer, DISA's technical director for GIG-ES.

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