GSA close to SmartBuy deal for document, records management software

The General Services Administration has announced that it will establish an enterprise licensing agreement with Meridio Inc. of Waltham, Mass.

In an announcement on FedBizOpps.gov yesterday, GSA is putting agencies on notice not to renew or purchase new Meridio software licenses for document or records management products. GSA, through the SmartBuy program, will sign an agreement detailing the terms, conditions and price discounts for the software.

The listing at the FedBizOpps Web site puts agencies on notice that a deal is imminent. Agencies that can justify continuing with their own deals can apply for waivers, according to a memo posted on the CIO Council's Web site in 2004.

This is the first SmartBuy deal from GSA since April, when it signed a deal with Telos Corp. of Ashburn, Va.

Meridio would become the ninth vendor to come to terms under the SmartBuy Program, which started in 2003.

GSA already has agreements in place with Oracle, which ranks No. 2 in the top 25 software vendors for all of government. The agency also struck deals with ESRI Inc. of Redlands, Calif., No. 4; Novell Inc., No. 10; Prosight Inc. of Portland, Ore., No. 20; Manugistics Group Inc. of Rockville, Md.; Eyak Technology LLC of Anchorage, Alaska, for WinZip compression software; and Quest Software Inc. of Aliso Viejo, Calif.

The Office of Management and Budget reported in the fiscal 2007 budget request that the contract with Oracle Corp. under the enterprise software initiative known as SmartBuy saved the government more than $174.8 million in its first six months.

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