• CHESS Adds Tablets and Slates for Consolidated Buy

    Leveraging the Army’s buying power, CHESS, the Army's designated primary source for procurement of commercial off-the-shelf information technology (IT) products, now makes tablets and slates available through its online ordering system, IT e-mart. (Image by David Baker, PEO EIS)

    Michael Dorsey

    The Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS) opened the 15th Consolidated Buy (CB) for ordering June 18 with the announcement that tablets and slates are now available to all government organizations purchasing desktops, notebooks, and printers during CB-15. The ordering period runs through Sept. 30.

    Tablets offer a highly mobile platform that performs similar to laptops but weighs less and has touch-screen capability. Slates—smaller tablets with touch-screen imprint—are also being offered. Customers can choose from eight tablets and slates.

    Tablets offer a highly mobile platform that performs similar to laptops but weighs less and ha touch-screen capability. Slates—smaller tablets with touch-screen imprint—will also be offered. Customers can choose from eight tablets and slates.

    What distinguishes the tablets and slates offered in CB-15 is their ability to meet network standards and run the Microsoft Windows-based Army Golden Master. This means they can connect to the Army network, process For Official Use Only documents, and obtain standard security patches.

    The CB-15 is open to all government agencies and employees eligible to buy from CHESS, the Army-mandated purchasing program.

    For more information on the tablets and slates, go to https://CHESS.army.mil. For information on purchases by individual government employees through the Government Employees Purchase Program, click on “Resources.”

    CHESS has also established an Army Knowledge Online page where customers can review
    benchmark information for CB desktops and notebooks.

    The CB program offers substantial savings regardless of the quantities procured. CB products and prices are available on the CHESS website in the online comparison tool and in a downloadable spreadsheet file, making it easy for customers to compare products and prices by category and assess all eight Army Desktop and Mobile Computing 2 vendor product offerings.

     


    • MICHAEL DORSEY is the Strategic Communications Officer for CHESS within Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) at Fort Belvoir, VA. He holds a B.A. in communication studies from the University of Maryland. Dorsey is also a graduate of the U.S. Defense Information School. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran with more than 20 years’ experience in military public affairs.

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  • CHESS Saves Millions in Oracle Licenses and Maintenance

    Organizations that benefit from CHESS involvement in enterprise licensing agreements include AMC and users of the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS), the Army’s new Web-enabled financial, asset, and accounting management system. GFEBS uses commercial-off-the-shelf software in transforming how the Army does business. (U.S. Army photo)

    Robert Grasso

    Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS) has awarded an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) for Oracle licenses and maintenance that consolidates more than 250 existing maintenance contracts across Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) and U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), avoiding at least $10 million in costs and potentially as much as $50 million when taking into account contractual administration and other issues.

    The ELA, awarded May 29, affords all PEO EIS programs and AMC organizations the unlimited use of 11 licensed products, quantity buys for an additional eight products, and discounts on others.

    The Oracle product mix is based on the most commonly used products across PEO EIS and AMC, including Database Enterprise Edition, Advanced Security, WebLogic Suite, Real Application Clusters, Partitioning Identity and Access Management, Management Suite Plus Database Lifecycle, Management Pack, Diagnostics Pack, Tuning Pack, Spatial Business Intelligence, and the Server Enterprise Edition.

    The ELA consolidates existing Oracle maintenance agreements into one agreement with a standardized period of performance of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 for each year of the performance period.

    All licenses will be owned, with a set amount for maintenance on licenses moving forward. The agreement should resolve any current compliance issues for the 11 ELA products. Overall benefits also include providing stable, locked-in prices for accurate budgeting, and a drastic reduction of administrative costs for tracking and monitoring the metrics.

    Further, the first Army-managed SharePoint licensing portal tracker is being created to allow ease of issuance and tracking.

     


    • ROBERT GRASSO is Deputy Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions. Grasso holds a B.S. in business from Monmouth University and an M.B.A. from Florida Institute of Technology. He is Level III certified in contracting and program management.

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