IRS extends Beyond.com's deal

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 of sales.

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.

AT A GLANCE

Beyond.com went public in 1998, when it had $8.9 million in government sales.In 1999, it had $30 million, according to Steven Cooker, the California-basedcompany's vice president of sales.

Among its customers:

Defense Logistics Agency — five-year, $50 million contract

National Imagery and Mapping Agency — four-year, $8.3 million contract

Patent and Trademark Office — three-year, $6.1 million contract

Defense Department — three-year, $30 million contract

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