Five IT services companies have been named as eligible suppliers for a US defence programme aimed at reducing costs and boosting the efficiencies of technology purchases.
The DoD Enterprise Software Initiative has designated five-year "blanket-purchase agreements" with Accenture, BearingPoint, Computer Sciences, Deloitte Consulting and IBM , which makes them prequalified bidders on enterprise software and services contracts.
They will compete for contracts to implement Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP and other ERP systems.
Howard Ady, DoD enterprise implementation service programme manager BearingPoint, said the blanket agreements cover installation, support, business process engineering, project management, quality assurance, data conversion and other procedures for helping defence agencies update their IT infrastructures. "There’s a wide range of services that are envisioned," he added.
No contracts have yet been awarded under the programme, which was approved by the Pentagon early last month.
Todd R Weiss writes for Computerworld