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PTO shopping for tech to automate acquisition systems

The Patent and Trademark Office is looking into whether off the shelf, “enterprisewide,” products are available that would help it conduct tasks related to the acquisition process. 

The products, sought by PTO’s chief financial offer, would include acquisition workload planning, distribution, transition and tracking technologies as well as tools to facilitate the evaluation of vendor proposals.

The acquisition tech would also have to be compatible with the content management system operated by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, an Apache Cassandra database run in a Datastax Enterprise environment, according to PTO.

The PTO is interested in finding out whether prospective acquisition planning tech is able to run on VMware, and if not, what platforms it can run on. VMware provides cloud and virtualization software.

Other PTO requirements include the ability to automate data integration with existing PTO systems, including its enterprise data warehouse and Momentum, PTO’s core financial system.

Support for Microsoft, RedHat, Oracle and Apache technologies are also required, according to the RFI.

Other desirable features of the acquisition system are that it support e-signatures and single-sign on, role-based security and electronic workflow. Real-time integration with the Federal Business Opportunities service as well as automation of Federal Acquisition Regulation data extraction are also wanted, said the PTO.

Posted by GCN Staff on Oct 15, 2014 at 7:51 AM


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