2017 Rising Star Awards

Steven L. Wells

Senior Director, Program Management, DLT Solutions


As DLT Solutions’ senior director of program management, Steven Wells led development of a new program that helps federal agencies better manage their enterprise software.

The Software Program Management Center is similar to a department of motor vehicles for agencies’ software licenses. Just as a DMV keeps track of driver’s licenses and vehicle ownership, DLT’s center maintains data that helps agencies centralize the buying of software licenses, keep accurate software inventories and provide historic records for audits.

DLT officials said the center combines the company’s customer portal, program life cycle management and support teams to provide agencies with an experienced customer service resource. By using the center’s resources, federal agencies can better evaluate their enterprise contracts, make more informed buying decisions and save money.

Wells was inspired to develop the center after the company worked with the Navy, which had a CIO-backed initiative to consolidate, centralize and streamline its IT procurement process using enterprise-licensed software. Now the center is helping the Navy keep track of its Oracle, Red Hat and Symantec-Veritas Enterprise agreements. That’s no small feat because the combined value of those contracts is more than $500 million, according to DLT.

Wells worked with the Defense Department and other federal customers to identify, document and implement capabilities with an eye toward automating manual processes, improving asset visibility and accountability, and improving the overall efficiency of the process.

His hard work has paid off. Since the center’s introduction, the Navy has automated manual business processes under its $227 million Oracle Enterprise Software License Agreement and saved over $80 million in the first year, according to DLT.

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About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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