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CHIPS Articles: In the office, in the fleet and on the field...the DON IT Umbrella Program has you covered

In the office, in the fleet and on the field...the DON IT Umbrella Program has you covered
By Linda Greenwade and Sharon Anderson - April-June 2006
It was June 18, 1988, when the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management chartered the establishment of the Department of the Navy Information Technology (DON IT) Umbrella Program with acquisition approval authority by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development and Acquisition and the Chief of Naval Operations.

Since 1988, the Umbrella Program has assisted the Department of Defense (DoD) and DON in making efficient use of IT dollars. The Umbrella Program provides management, technical expertise and financial resources to support the timely and cost effective placement of acquisition vehicles for hardware, software and services. We provide full service from contract conception to the end of contract life.

We collect and analyze requirements from you, our customers, and assist with preparation of life cycle documents, Request for Proposal/Request for Quote (RFP/RFQ) and source selection. What's more, we ensure that the products and services under the Umbrella Program comply with DON and DoD IT policies. After contracts have been awarded, our project managers continue to provide world-class customer service.

The Umbrella Program is a member of the DON Enterprise Licensing Integrated Product Team which provides support to the SmartBUY program. SmartBUY is a federal government-wide software enterprise-licensing project developed by the General Services Administration (GSA), in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget.

Its purpose is to consolidate the purchasing power of the federal government by focusing volume requirements to obtain optimal pricing and preferred terms and conditions for widely used commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software.

Umbrella Program software project managers (SPM) also represent the Navy in joint source contracts and source selection.

Through the ITEC Direct storefront, customers can: make direct purchases using the government credit card; contact SPMs and obtain customer service; browse our product line; review policy notices; and access small business contracts.

ITEC Direct offers easy to use point and click shopping to great values on the items you need most. But the DON IT Umbrella Program is so much more than just a convenient way to order hardware, software, office products and services.

Agile business systems and net-centric operations require robust, integrated standards-compliant tools, and that's what the Umbrella Program delivers. The Umbrella Program combines the systematic business strategies of the DoD and DON into a customer friendly solution that means big savings for you in both time and money.

As a key component of the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI), the Umbrella Program fulfills the Navy's duties as the executive agent for office automation tools, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and enterprise application integration software.

ESI product agreements include: the entire Microsoft product line; Section 508 tools; Adobe; Oracle; Novell; TOWER Software; Business Objects' Crystal Reports and Crystal Enterprise; Telelogic; NetIQ; Symantec; Quest Software; Red Hat Linux; WinZip; Gartner Research and Advisory Services; and much more.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you for 18 great years!

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