The General Services Administration, on behalf of the federal government, has negotiated a deal for agencies to more easily and efficiently buy Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software’s products.
The new governmentwide enterprise software agreement — part of a modification of software reseller Carahsoft’s GSA IT Schedule 70 contract, through which agencies can buy HPE software licenses — could save the federal government $50 million over five years with a “moderate adoption” by agencies, according to GSA. The products will be up to 39 percent cheaper than commercial prices in some cases, the agency said.
Not only does the agreement drive savings by leveraging the greater buying power of the federal government and reducing duplication through a centralized contract, but the specific categories of offerings also will help agencies comply with digital government policy requirements and best practices, like data center consolidation, software and portfolio management, and agile software development.
“This new offering … will help agencies realize the savings that can be achieved through proper management of an agency’s software estate from software development, to management, and even consolidation where appropriate,” Mary Davie, assistant commissioner for GSA’s Office of Information Technology Category, said in a release.
The agreement is divided into four sets of products, GSA explains:
- Software License Management – a collection of HPE products that help an agency manage their commercial software licenses using software asset management tools and best practices.
- Software Incremental Development – a collection of HPE products that help agencies design and develop software applications using modern agile and iterative development processes.
- Data Center Automation – a collection of HPE products that support efforts to consolidate and automate the management of data centers.
- IT Portfolio Savings – a collection of HPE products that help agencies rationalize and manage their existing inventory of applications revealing resource allocations and potential cost savings through better portfolio management.
The central contract on GSA’s IT Schedule 70 is open to all federal, state, local and tribal government agencies.