IRS extends Beyond.com's deal
- By Judi Hasson
- Mar 08, 2000
The Internal Revenue Service has renewed a $15 million contract with Beyond.com
to provide electronic delivery and maintenance of Microsoft Corp. software
to 130,000 desktops in 2000.
The service allows the IRS to distribute office product software digitally,
a faster and less expensive process than individually loading software computer
by computer, said Steven Cooker, the California-based company's vice president
Some agencies download the software directly from Beyond.com (www.beyond.com),
but for security reasons, the IRS "takes our technology in-house, behind
their firewall, and distributes it internally," Cooker said.
The government is increasing its digital delivery of software across agencies
because it is economical.
"Beyond.com's Enterprise Download technology helps us reduce our total cost
of ownership when deploying the latest software, such as Windows 2000,"
IRS departmental systems branch chief Dan McLauglin said.