DISA awards second half of Net-Centric deal

Carahsoft to compete with IBM under 'pay-for-use' contract

The Defense Information Systems Agency this week awarded the second half of the collaboration portion of its Net-Centric Enterprise Services contract to a group of companies led by systems integrator Carahsoft Technology.

Under a $22 million contract, Carahsoft and partners Adobe Systems, Jabber and Science Applications International will provide Defense Department users worldwide with a second option for collaborative services offered through DISA's NCES program. The contract covers instant messaging, text chat, Web conferencing and shared whiteboarding services, including the ability for DOD users to bring non-DOD personnel into collaborative sessions.

Last July, DISA awarded the first half of the collaboration component of the NCES project to IBM under a $17 million 'pay-for-use' contract lasting one year, with two optional years.

DISA picked two providers of collaboration services to promote competition for DOD's business. DISA's plan lets DOD users' pick between the two providers using buttons on their PC screens, according to the agency.

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