October 23, 2013
GSA To Deploy IBM SmartCloud Order Management System
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
IBM announced on Monday that it has been awarded a five-year, $30 million contract by the US General Services Administration (GSA) to build a new cloud-based service to securely manage the five million orders the federal agency places each year.Under the terms of the deal, the GSA will deploy IBM’s SmartCloud for Government, which will provide an order management system with advanced analytics capabilities to the help the GSA optimize its supply chain, better predict customer requirements and make vital business decisions.
"The GSA is showing tremendous leadership for other government agencies by moving their order management system to the cloud," said Anne Altman, General Manager, IBM US Federal.
"IBM SmartCloud will enhance visibility into GSS (GSA Global Supply) channel operations and make sense of the big data within, but also optimize inventory and provide considerable process innovation, resulting in improved business processes to manage the agency's vast supply chain and logistics operations.”
“This will reduce costs; creating more efficient outcomes for GSA customers, and ultimately translate into a benefit for the taxpayer."
News of the GSA contract came one day ahead of IBM’s announcement on Tuesday of plans to open a new center in Washington DC dedicated to demonstrating and selling federal cloud services.
The new Federal Cloud Innovation Center will reside within IBM’s Institute for Electronic Government, and will include a staff of 500 researchers, IT workers, software developers and consultants with agency-specific expertise that will demonstrate and implement IBM’s federal cloud offerings.
“Our work at the center will help evolve cloud in these early days of its rollout across the federal government into a platform agencies can trust and grow off of,” Altman said.
“Now is not the time for government to settle for what is only available commercially. Now is the time for them to join with industry to build security, reliability and standards that will make for a trusted government cloud environment.”
Additional information about cloud offerings for US Federal from IBM can be viewed here.