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Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) - GovITwiki


Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS)

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Formerly known as the Army Small Computer Program (ASCP) is the Army's central location for small, and now enterprise-level Information Technology (IT) products and services.

Neither CHESS nor the ASCP are contracts by themselves. What the office offers is help to other groups within the Army as they investigate and purchase information technology solutions. They can help others find equipment through a variety of blanket purchase agreements and specific contracts.

The organization offers an extensive web site is designed to help visitors obtain information and place orders for various types of computers. The program includes multiple information technology contracts and blanket purchase agreements for notebook computers desktop computers, servers, printers and specific enterprise agreements and services.

Army Regulation 25-1, section 6–2 a. states "The Army Small Computer Program Office (ASCPO) is the primary office for establishing commercial IT contracts." (Need update to this language. Visitors who know the new language are welcome to enter it here.)

Background

ASCP was originally aligned under the Program Executive Officer, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). It's mission is to support all Army customers' commercial IT requirements - "quickly and economically."[1]

The organization works with Army posts, camps and stations around the world, and has become the Army's top source for Information Technology - including hardware, software, and support services.

The organization's Web site says: "ASCP's years of experience conducting market research, negotiation, and continuous contract refresh pays off in the dollar savings and added value they provide the Army community year after year. ASCP has been designated by the Army Secretary as the Army's primary source for commercial IT, a task we don't take lightly."

The CHESS managers conduct interviews with customers on a worldwide basis to project future requirements, and this helps them negotiate new purchase agreements with vendors.

More details, including an online shopping cart for registered users, can be found at the ASCP Web site and eMart. Note that they still use the ASCP name in their URL.


Notes

[1] From the ASCAP About us web page.

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