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November 21, 2016

PL CHESS Doug Haskin Talks Contracts and Reverse Auction at Federal IT Acquisition Summit

By PD ES Strategic Communications

On Nov. 16, 2016 Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) Product Lead (PL) Doug Haskin Spoke at the Federal IT Acquisition Summit in Washington D.C.

“The Federal IT Acquisition summit gives us a chance to connect with industry. We relish the chance to speak with industry and potential partners and answer their questions,” said Haskin.

The Federal IT Acquisition Summit provides acquisition and management professionals with insights into key trends and developments in federal IT. During the breakout sessions, IT and acquisition leaders discussed how agencies will address key issues around cyber security, IT modernization and the cloud. The summit also featured training and education around acquisition trends and major federal IT acquisition vehicles.

Haskin briefed IT industry experts on CHESS’ Information Technology Enterprise Solutions Hardware (ITES-3H) and Information Technology Enterprise Solutions Software (ITES-SW) contracts. In addition to CHESS contracts, Haskin finished the session with a question and answer forum regarding the new Reverse Auction capability on the CHESS website.

“Several years ago the Army Contracting Command released guidance on the use of reverse auctions for simple services. In a traditional auction, you have a single seller, multiple buyers and the goal is to bid the price up as high as possible. In a reserve auction environment you have a single buyer and multiple sellers and they’re bidding the price down,” said Haskin.

The reverse auction feature allows vendors to see their competitor’s lowest bid at any time. The feature also provides opportunities for vendors to resubmit lower bids as the auction advances. “In the time that we’ve had the reverse auctions, we’ve seen about 2.7 million dollars in cost savings,” Haskin added.

Haskin's appearance at the Federal IT Acquisition Summit is another example of PD ES' ongoing speaking calendar supporting its mission as leaders in the IT industry.

November 08, 2016

PD ES Tom Neff Talks Small Business at AFCEA Forum.

By PD ES Public Affairs

Project Director Enterprise Services (PD, ES), Tom Neff was a featured speaker and the Armed Forces Communications and Electrics Association (AFCEA) IT Enterprise Small Business Forum on Friday Nov. 7, 2016.

AFCEA Defense Enterprise IT Small Business Forum is an annual event focused on Small Business. Government leadership and program managers from the Program Executive Offices (PEO) at the Army, Navy, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) present highlights of small business opportunities and provide insights for doing business with their respective organizations.

“We support every soldier, every day, everywhere. Because of this fact our relationships with industry partners are of the utmost importance. The AFCEA small business forum gives us a chance to connect with industry, exchange ideas and answer questions in a face-to-face, real-time environment,” said Tom Neff, PD, ES.

Neff Spoke to the AFCEA audience about a variety of topics, chief among them, Unified Capabilities and Army cloud migration.

“We’re in the process of shifting from the long-standing practice of buying and maintaining dedicated hardware and software to a buying capability as a service so we can take advantage of emerging technologies faster to meet the expanding needs of the Army. The Army will continue to leverage and sustain AKO as we integrate Unified Capabilities and realize efficiencies in support of the warfighter. AKO has already realized significant savings as they replaced high-end storage with lower cost solutions, freeing up resources to deliver user-facing capabilities,” said Neff.

Neff wrapped up his speech by providing details about upcoming business opportunities for the next fiscal year and answered questions from audience members. His speech was followed by a break out session, which provided an opportunity for one-on-one conversations.