Industry Watch

GTE protests HITS award

GTE Hawaiian Telephone as expected filed a protest earlier this month against the award of the Hawaii Information Transfer System contract to AT&T.

The Defense Information Systems Agency awarded AT&T the HITS pact in February. AT&T submitted a bid of $291 million. GTE submitted its protest to the General Accounting Office on March 18 - the last day it could file. A company spokesman said GTE questioned DISA's evaluation saying the GTE bid "was technically superior." The spokesman also said GTE believed DISA used "unreasonable" technical management and pricing evaluation criteria in reviewing the AT&T and GTE bids.

AT&T and DISA declined to comment on the substance of the GTE protest. A DISA spokeswoman said the agency has the protest under review and will file a report with GAO on April 16. The GTE spokesman said he expects GAO will issue a ruling on or about June 28.

Microsoft may delay Memphis

Microsoft Corp. last week said it has not determined whether its successor to Windows 95 will ship this year. Some analysts had expected an earlier release.

Industry watchers said the lag may be in response to customers concerned with having to absorb a new technology. Federal procurement officials fresh from upgrading to Windows 95 may not be eager to "restart that whole cycle again " said Payton Smith an analyst with IDC Government Falls Church Va. "Rollout time in the federal market is much longer than most other environments " he said.

Microsoft officials maintain that the company will offer a test version of Memphis in the first half of 1997.

GTSI's Snight to join Comark

Next week Elise Snight will join Comark Federal Systems as business development manager for the company's General Services Administration schedule business. Snight recently resigned her post as director of General Services Administration schedules at Government Technology Services Inc. In other news Comark Federal Systems earlier this month changed its name from Comark Government & Education Sales.

Autodesk launches new AutoCAD Map

Autodesk Inc. today will unveil its AutoCAD Map Release 2.0 a geographic information system (GIS) application.

Map Release 2.0 will run on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 95 Windows NT 3.51 or Windows NT 4.0 platforms. Price information was not available at press time.

Agencies such as the U.S. Postal Service are already using Autodesk's mapping software to handle tasks such as mapping delivery routes and making sure letter carriers have about the same workload. The company is expected to offer the new product via the GSA schedule and upcoming contract proposals.

Staffware wins Education pact

Staffware Corp. Wellesley Mass. will supply workflow management software to the Education Department for its Direct Loan Services program. The firm estimates the deal will be worth more than $4 million over five years. Staffware is working with prime contractor Electronic Data Systems Corp. and Cambridge Imaging Technologies.

The workflow product will be used to route student loan documents among customer service reps and provide updates on the status of loan applications.

Netscape Novell to form company

Netscape Communications Corp. and Novell Inc. announced earlier this month plans to form a new company to deliver a range of intranet and extranet solutions on current and future Novell platforms.

The pair plan to form a privately held company based in Utah called Novonyx which will adapt integrate and sell the Netscape SuiteSpot family of server software on the Novell IntranetWare networking platform. Netscape Enterprise Server and Netscape FastTrack Server for IntranetWare are the first products that are expected on the platform with availability planned for the fall of 1997.

- Bob Brewin Elana Varon Heather Harreld L. Scott Tillett and John Moore contributed to this column.

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