Dell EMC, General Dynamics, and Microsoft Awarded USAF IT Contract

PaperFree partner Dell EMC, General Dynamics, and Microsoft recently announced a joint $1 billion, five year contract for the United States Air Force, named the Cloud Hosted Enterprise Services (CHES) program.  This program, a continuation of the trio's 2015 Collaboration Pathfinder program for the USAF, aims to improve "efficiency and agility, encourage innovation, and generate cost savings across the Air Force's information technology enterprise."

According to Steve Harris, senior vice president and general manager, Dell EMC Federal, Dell EMC is "grateful for the Air Force’s continued confidence in Dell EMC and our industry partners to expand and further support its IT modernization efforts. This new contract builds on the foundation and success of Collaboration Pathfinder that launched the department’s modernization initiative. Dell EMC has the strengths in cloud, defense and consulting services needed to implement quickly and manage enterprise-scale migrations. We will help deliver a robust CHES infrastructure, enabling the service to focus on mission accomplishment.”

In these initiatives, the USAF is transitioning its operations into the cloud.  So far, this has included email, productivity tools, and communications.  CHES is building on this previous work to now include information, communications, email, collaboration services, office productivity, and records management transitioned into the cloud for 776,000 users.  The Defense Logistics Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also stand to benefit from the transition, and in all, this project is the largest federal cloud-based unified communications and collaboration contract undertaken in the federal marketplace.

The goal is to roll out CHES in under a year in an effort to manage costs while allowing these departments to focus on their tasks.  Dell EMC Consulting Services will also lend a hand in the project to manage the migration of communications and collaboration systems, as well as to evaluate applications for cloud readiness.

This article was based on a September 20, 2017 Dell EMC press release.  Read it here.

Date: 
September 25, 2017