CHESS Saves Millions in Oracle Licenses and Maintenance

By August 31, 2012May 26th, 2014Best Practices
using the General Fund Enterprise Business System
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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.


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 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.