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DISA leads joint agreement for Adobe products

Feb. 19, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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DISA, the Army and Air Force are joining forces to purchase Adobe products. (Sgt. Mike MacLeod / U.S. Army)

The Defense Information Systems Agency is partnering with the Army and Air Force on a $40.5 million deal to consolidate Adobe product purchases under a single contract.

The three-year, joint enterprise license agreement (JELA) with information technology firm CDW-G will provide access to the latest Adobe products, including Acrobat Pro, Experience Manager Document Services, and a number of Creative Cloud (CC) subscriptions for each organization, DISA announced Tuesday.

Adobe’s creative cloud model offers cloud storage and file syncing capabilities from any device, as well as instant software upgrades. However, DoD‘s operational model will not require a network connection, and software will be installed and operated as traditional desktop software with file storage on the local device.

This isn’t the first time DISA, Air Force and Army have partnered on a strategic sourcing contract, in which multiple agencies use a single contract to buy products and services to obtain deeper bulk discounts. Last fiscal year the organizations negotiated discounted prices and awarded a $617 million, joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products, a move DoD expects will save tens of millions of dollars.

"The agreement with Adobe not only produces substantial savings of $16.6 million over the next three years, but also allows us to move beyond electronic versions of forms and begin transforming business processes using online, fillable smart forms tied to databases,” Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, Air Force chief of information dominance and chief information officer, said in a statement.

Speaking at a Feb. 11 AFCEA conference earlier this month, Lt. Gen. Basla said industry should expect request for proposals from DISA or the Army on behalf of the Air Force.

“The agreement greatly improves the standard license terms and conditions to enable a true joint information environment,” said Mike Krieger, deputy CIO for the Army.

Kreiger said the Army will begin converting all its forms to a pdf format, “which will improve information sharing across DoD through standardization.”

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