It’s no secret that acquiring new technologies in the public sector takes time – and sometimes lots of it. But what happens when the acquisition process is falling behind the pace of technological change? Agencies, employees, and citizens miss out. As federal buying season heats up, agencies must take a hard look at their budgets and acquisition processes, especially with cloud procurement. “Federal agencies should focus on maximizing their remaining fiscal year funds to accelerate their move to cloud and keep pace with innovation for a smarter and secure infrastructure,” according to Tim Short, Manager, Oracle Federal Sales.
One way that agencies can focus on this change is by leveraging a General Services Administration (GSA) Contract and the Multiple Award Schedule.
“The Multiple Award Schedule is a multi-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, contract vehicle that is managed by the GSA for Federal, State, and Local Government customers. It provides customers with access to a wide range of discounted commercial products and services. Customers can save time and money with pre-negotiated contract terms and contract ceiling prices which have been determined fair and reasonable by GSA Contracting Officers,” explained Sonia Pamepinto, DLT’s GSA Program Manager.
Oracle has long supported the mission of Federal, State and Local governments and Oracle Cloud, Engineered Systems and Hardware. With Oracle’s recent achievement of FedRAMP authorization for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, agencies can experience true IT modernization with Oracle’s cloud and can now obtain these products and services through DLT Solutions utilizing its GSA Schedule. DLT Solutions is a Platinum member of Oracle Partner Network (OPN).
“Providing Oracle Cloud services and hardware products through DLT’s GSA IT Schedule 70 contract streamlines the procurement process by increasing cost efficiencies and reducing time to acquire,” said Chris Wilkinson, President, DLT Solutions, a Tech Data company. “Couple that opportunity with a strong Oracle relationship that spans more than 28 years, and it positions DLT as a go-to government source for Oracle IT solutions.”
A streamlined procurement process helps reduce the acquisition lifecycle to better equip agencies with the cloud solutions they need. Once utilizing the contract, agencies can leverage the FASTlane program to fast track contract holder contract modifications, which helps provide access to new technologies for urgent agency requirements.
As agencies move to use their remaining 2020 budgets, they should consider vendors that are part of the GSA Contract. With multiple benefits including a shortened procurement process, multi-year agreements, and FASTlane capabilities, agencies will be well set up to continue cloud innovation.
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