Enterprise Software Initiative

The DON CIO co-chairs the Enterprise Software Initiative, which establishes and manages enterprise commercial off-the-shelf IT agreements, assets and policies for the purpose of lowering the total cost of ownership across the Department of Defense, Coast Guard and intelligence communities. The DON CIO develops and implements business strategies to maximize the value of the Department's IT products, services and solutions. Visit the ESI website.

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Microsoft Software Assurance for Microsoft Products

DON CIO Memo - June 8, 2012

The purpose of this memo is to clarify the manner in which SECNAVINST 5230.15, "Information Management/Information Technology Policy for Fielding of Commercial Off the Shelf Software" applies to Microsoft products. Microsoft SA is provided under Microsoft's licensing model and provides features essential to prevent operational and security vulnerability risks posed by unsupported software.

DON Policy for the Procurement of IT Development and Support Services

DON Memo - April 23, 2012

This policy emphasizes the mandatory use of the GSA Alliant/Alliant Small Business, DISA Encore II, Army ITES-2S, Air Force NETCENTS, NIH GWAC, and Seaport-E contract vehicles for the acquisition of IT development and support services in the following scenarios: 1) in new acquisitions and 2) in all competitive follow-on contracts/task orders where three or fewer offers were received in the previous acquisition.

Mandatory Use of DON Enterprise Licensing Agreements

Joint DON Memo - February 22, 2012

The purpose of this joint memorandum is to announce the mandatory use of Department of the Navy Enterprise Licensing Agreements (ELAs) by all DON organizations and programs to achieve maximum cost savings. Effective immediately, where a DON ELA exists, any software products, hardware and related services offered by that ELA must be procured using that ELA, including those procured by government purchase cards. Further, ...

DON Home-Use Policy for Microsoft

DON CIO Memo - December 5, 2008

This memo announces that the Department of the Navy, through its contract with EDS for the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI), is entitled to Microsoft's Home Use Program (HUP) as a volume license owner with Microsoft. The HUP allows government civilian and uniformed personnel presently on NMCI, to obtain a licensed copy of Microsoft Office, Project, or Visio desktop applications to install and use on a home computer if ...

Achieving Cost Savings and Management Efficiencies by Purchasing Commercially Available Software Via DoD/DON ESI Contract Vehicles

DTG 041537Z AUG 08 - August 4, 2008

The purpose of this Naval message is to maximize DON buying power and achieve cost savings and management efficiencies by acquiring and managing commercially available software on an enterprise-wide basis.

Department of the Navy Consolidation of Sun Hardware and Software Warranty Requirements

DTG 011526Z JUL 08 - July 11, 2008

This Naval message provides guidance regarding consolidating the Department of the Navy's Sun Microsystems hardware and software maintenance and re-emphasizes the use of the Sun Support Total Enterprise Warranty (SSTEW) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA). The SSTEW BPA is a time and money saving BPA for extended warranty, maintenance, education and professional services for all Sun Microsystems products.

DoD Enterprise Software Initiative and Microsoft Server Enterprise Agreement

ASN RDA Memo - January 29, 2001

This memo provides information about the Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative and Enterprise Software Agreements.

Acquiring Commercially Available Software

DoD CIO Memo - July 26, 2000

This memo provides information about the Department of Defense's Enterprise Software Initiative.


Microsoft Home Use Program Frequently Asked Questions

by PEO EIS Enterprise IT Strategic Sourcing Team - January 9, 2020

Get exclusive employee pricing on Office 365 Home for $69.99 per year or Personal for $48.99 per year, as well as Project Professional 2019 and Visio Professional 2019 for $14.99 each.

Microsoft Home Use Program Offers Exclusive Employee Pricing

August 21, 2019

Government civilians and uniformed personnel can get exclusive employee pricing on Office 365 Home for $69.99 per year or Personal for $48.99 per year as well as Project Professional 2019 and Visio Professional 2019 for $14.99 each.

DON IT Conference Small Business Networking

May 17, 2019

The 2019 East Coast DON IT Conference, scheduled for June 3-5, will include a Small Business Forum and Speed Networking session providing the opportunity for one-on-one discussions between small business representatives and DON IT leaders. This forum will be held on Monday, June 3, from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at the conference hotel, The Hilton Norfolk The Main, in Salon DE on the 4th floor.

DON IT Conference Presentations Available

April 30, 2018

Presentations given during the DON IT conference sessions held in Norfolk, VA, April 23-25, are available by request to government civilian, military personnel, and DoD support contractors. Please submit your request by using the "Contact Us" link located in the DON CIO Information section

Where to Find DoD ESI ELAs

August 7, 2017

DON CIO oversees DON IT Strategic Sourcing efforts as strategic lead for DON Enterprise Software License (ESL) Agreements and also co-chairs the DoD Enterprise Software initiative (ESI). DON CIO optimizes IT Strategic Sourcing efforts to ensure maximum value to the DON through best practices including strategic collaboration, vendor management, education, and software license training.

DoD ESI Commercial Software License Training Now Available Online and On-site

October 27, 2015

The Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative (DoD ESI) Commercial Software License Training is now available online and on-site for DON and DoD personnel. More...

Oracle Software Enterprise License Agreement Signed

June 18, 2013

On June 13, 2013 the Department of the Navy awarded a DON Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) for Oracle software that is expected to save over $60M across the Future Years Defense Program. The five-year agreement supports DON information technology efficiency efforts by consolidating procurement of all Oracle software across the department. This ELA, awarded to Oracle reseller DLT Solutions, gives the DON unlimited use ...

Microsoft Enterprise Licensing Agreement Signed

July 5, 2012

Per the recently signed Microsoft Department of the Navy enterprise licensing agreement, all procurement of Microsoft brand software licenses including software assurance (SA), SA only, and subscriptions and SA-step up (SASU) for desktop and server based products must be acquired through the Microsoft DON enterprise licensing agreement (ELA) if that product is offered by the DON ELA.

IT Vendor Business Case Analyses: Driving Savings Today and Sustaining Relationships in the Future

by Floyd Groce, Brian Fischbeck and Behrad Mahdi - May 11, 2012

The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer and the Information Technology/Cyberspace Efficiency Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) have undertaken a number of initiatives that have important implications for the future of the DON business IT environment. Specifically, the DON Enterprise Software Licensing (ESL) IPT developed business case analyses (BCAs) that provide enterprise-level visibility of how much money ...

What is a DON ELA and How Does it Benefit the User and the DON?

April 5, 2012

A Department of the Navy Enterprise License Agreement (DON ELA) is a contractual vehicle that provides the means to procure many of the widely purchased products from DON "high use" software publishers, like Microsoft. The vehicle is established to provide these products to the entire DON at the best possible price, while ensuring common terms and conditions, by leveraging the purchasing power of the entire DON. ...

DON Enterprise Licensing Agreements to Optimize IT Procurement

February 27, 2012

Use of enterprise license agreements (ELAs), where available, is mandatory by all Department of the Navy organizations and programs with the release of a joint DON memo. These enterprise agreements optimize cost savings by leveraging the full purchasing capacity of the department.

DON IT Business Transformation Focuses on Enterprise Solutions

February 14, 2012

The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer discussed the Department's IT business transformation efforts to prepare for a fiscally constrained future with enterprise and joint solutions that are effective, efficient and agile during the DON Information Technology Conference in San Diego.

DON Enterprise Architecture Supports the DON IM/IT/Cyberspace Campaign Plan

by Victor Ecarma - October 27, 2011

In May 2011, the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer released the DON Information Management/Information Technology/Cyberspace Campaign Plan for Fiscal Years 2011-2013. As stated in the campaign plan, "Fiscal realities in the Defense community today and in the anticipated future will not support our continued development and delivery of Information Management (IM), Information Technology (IT) and Information ...

NUWC Newport Achieves IT Acquisition Efficiencies with DoD ESI

by Floyd Groce - October 27, 2011

The Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative, established in 1998 and sponsored by the DoD Chief Information Officer, was created to consolidate requirements for commercial software applications and negotiate with vendors to save time and money in the acquisition of software.

Reshaping the DON's Approach to Buying and Managing IT Resources

by Floyd Groce and Karen M. Davis - August 15, 2011

As all personnel within the Department of Defense and across the federal government are well aware, this is an era of increased budget scrutiny. However, with this scrutiny comes a new opportunity to assess and advance how DoD operates and to improve efficiency across a wide variety of business units and operations. As a significant budget item, the massive information technology infrastructure is no exception and offers ...

Groce Receives 2011 Government-Wide Initiatives Excellence Award

June 3, 2011

Floyd Groce, DON CIO Enterprise Services team lead, was recently awarded the 2011 AFCEA Bethesda Government-Wide Initiatives Excellence Award. He was selected as the winner in the Outstanding Achievement for Program Management category.

DON IT/Cyberspace Efficiency Initiatives and Realignment

by Lynda Pierce - January 31, 2011

The Under Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Robert O. Work, signed a memo, dated Dec. 3, 2010, addressing information technology (IT)/cyberspace efficiency initiatives and realignment in the Department of the Navy. The memo underscores the challenge from Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Robert Gates to think about the DON's approach to IT initiatives and to centralize and consolidate efforts where it makes sense. Work ...

Software as a Service

by Chris Panaro - May 22, 2010

Software as a Service (SaaS) has become a hot topic over the past few years. As a result of this heightened interest, the Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative (DoD ESI) developed the SaaS Toolkit to provide independent and unbiased educational materials for the DoD information technology acquisition and management community. The toolkit is available at www.esi.mil and provides access to decision-analysis ...

Enterprise Software Initiative Included in List of 10 Most Popular Contracts

September 14, 2009

The Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative was listed as one of the 10 most popular contracts by readers of Washington Technology, Federal Computer Week (FCW) and Government Computer News.

DoD Enterprise Software Initiative Co-Chairs Recognized by the Coalition of Government Procurement

November 8, 2007

Enterprise Software Initiative Co-chairs Floyd Groce, of the Department of the Navy, and Jim Clausen, of the Department of Defense, received the Loyal User Award. This award recognizes the federal operation that has remained a steadfast supporter of the schedules program over the years and has bought a wide variety of products and services.


Featured Articles: Jan - Mar 2018

January 1, 2018

Is my name considered personally identifiable information? Don Free, DON CIO Privacy Office DON Privacy Team Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett, Navy Cyber Security Division Director CHIPS Magazine Staff DON Enterpri

DON CIO Frequently Asked Questions

December 8, 2017

The following is a list of topic areas and frequently asked questions relating to those topics. After review, if you still have an unanswered question, please feel free to submit it to Contact Us. (Submissions are limited to 1,500 characters. Please allow 3-5 business days for response from the DON CIO team.) You can also use the Search tool at the top of the page to find answers quickly.

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Oracle ELA Fact Sheet

August 20, 2014

On June 13, 2013 the Department of the Navy awarded a DON Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) for Oracle software. The five-year agreement supports DON information technology efficiency efforts by consolidating procurement of all Oracle software across the department. The attached fact sheet provides an overview of what is covered by the agreement.