DISA plans a request for collaborative services tool

The director of the Defense Information Systems Agency would like to see a request for quotations hit the streets within the next couple of months in search of a second collaboration services software tool.

In July, DISA awarded a $17 million contract to IBM Corp. to provide enterprisewide 'pay for use' collaboration services under its Net-Centric Enterprise Services program. In addition to the IBM deal, which runs for one base year with two option years, DISA plans to acquire a second commercially managed collaboration service to promote competition between the service providers, DISA director Lt. Gen. Charles Croom said. Collaboration software should include instant messaging, text chat, Web conferencing and whiteboarding.

'We're not paying those folks by the tool. We're paying them by the usage,' Croom said at the recent Army LandWarNet Conference.

Collaboration is one of nine core services that make up the NCES initiative. The others are applications, discovery, enterprise service management, mediation, messaging, security, storage and user assistance. DISA eventually will look at all of the core services to figure out a way to deliver them across DOD.

Army releases request for ITES-2H proposals

The Army expects to award contracts in November for its $5 billion Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-Hardware.

The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity ITES-2H contracts will run for five years and involve seven contractors, including two small businesses. A request for proposals was issued last month.

Army officials determined, based on how companies responded to a recent 'Advisory Multi-step,' that 14 vendors were 'viable' as prime contractors to compete for work, according to Michelina LaForgia, director of the Army Small Computer Program. 'A lot of them are small businesses,' LaForgia added.

The hardware that ITES-2H will offer ranges from Unix platforms to Microsoft Windows servers. It also covers all types of workstations and includes peripherals like printers, hardware accessories and networking equipment. LaForgia said the contracts would be awarded in late November.


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