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CHIPS Articles: New DoD Enterprise Software Initiative Agreements

New DoD Enterprise Software Initiative Agreements
By CHIPS Magazine - July-September 2004
Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) were recently established for Systems Integration Services with Accenture, BearingPoint, Computer Sciences Corp., Deloitte and IBM.

The BPAs include the procurement of configuration, integration, installation, data conversion, training, testing, object development, interface development, business process reengineering, project management, risk management, quality assurance and other services for commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software.

Benefits include a streamlined acquisition process, standard terms and conditions, fixed-priced services tied to proven methodology, and reduced risk by following proven methodology and best practices. Estimated annual cost avoidance to the DoD is $160 million or $800 million over five years. These BPAs are open to all DoD Components, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Intelligence Community and authorized Defense contractors.

This groundbreaking program marks the first time that the DoD ESI negotiated technology services on a DoD-wide basis, and presents an opportunity to reduce the government's average implementation-to-software cost ratio, currently at 15 to 1, toward the industry average of 5 to 1. In addition to achieving substantial cost avoidance, these BPAs provide a performance-based approach with factors tied to the customer's key business priorities and fixed-priced configurations.

Finally, these agreements will contribute toward achieving the Navy's net-centric vision of Web services and support the Navy's Sea Enterprise initiative by the deployment of enterprise applications.

Go to http://www.itec-direct.navy.mil for more information.

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