Software licensing saves DOD a bundle
- By George I. Seffers
- Sep 08, 2000
The Army Small Computer Program's use of software licensing agreements has
saved the Army and the Defense Department $677 million in the past two years,
according a service announcement released Thursday.
The Small Computer Program, managed through the Army Communications-Electronics
Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J., took advantage of the Pentagon's organizational
buying power to purchase software at reduced prices.
Tom Leahy, acting chief of the Small Computer Program office, credited
DOD's Enterprise Software Initiative as key to the savings. ESI is a joint
project to identify, acquire, distribute and manage software that is common
across an organization.
"DOD is a big customer for software," Leahy said. "The DOD ESI Steering
Group — under the DOD Chief Information Officer Council — asked vendors,
"Why aren't we getting the same discounts as big corporations?' and then
came up with strategies for how to leverage our buying power to get the
Software deals still available for DOD customers include:
* Oracle Database Enterprise Agreement, which offers Oracle Corp. database
software licenses, software maintenance support, training and consulting
* Informix Database Enterprise Agreement, an enterprise license under
* Sybase Enterprise Agreement, which offers Sybase Inc. software licenses,
maintenance and consulting services.
Deals still available specifically to Army customers include:
* Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, which offers select software licenses
* Telos/Tovoli Enterprise Management Software, which provides Tivoli
Systems Inc. Enterprise Management Software products and services support
and includes a package of seven Tivoli products.
* Computer Associates Enterprise Management Software Agreement, which
offers Computer Associates International Inc.'s Unicenter Enterprise Software