March 07, 2007 09:00 ET

Defense Information Systems Agency to Manage IT Assets With IBM's Maximo Solution

Total Contract Value of $2.1 Million Encompasses All Networked IT Assets

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2007 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) Center for Computing Services (CS) will use an IBM Maximo asset management solution to manage all information technology (IT) assets across its Center for Computing Services.

With approximately 2,000 personnel, DISA CS is responsible for planning, acquiring, fielding, and supporting global net-centric solutions to serve the needs of the warfighter, defense agencies and services. DISA CS provides the IT services and capabilities to enable the warfighting, business, and intelligence mission areas of DoD operations.

The $2.1 million contract will support a DISA CS initiative to automate the management and control of the network using technology to reduce human intervention, improve availability and security, and reduce costs. The IBM Maximo solution will help automate asset and service management capabilities for Computing Services, which manages a network environment of IBM, Unisys, and Unix/Windows computers, communications devices, a variety of hardware and software, and related assets in 18 sites across the globe.

DISA awarded MRO Software, an IBM company, the contract because Maximo best addressed its five key criteria including:

--  A central repository for storing all IT asset data;
--  The ability to the track installations, moves, additions and changes
    to assets, including return and repair, and retirement and disposal
--  Auto-discovery capabilities that automatically collect configuration
    data on all networked assets;
--  A commercial off-the-shelf solution that integrates procurement,
    inventory management, hardware and software contract management, and
    license management; and
--  Industry best practices to reduce total cost of ownership and yield
    maximum return on investment.

"DISA CS is considered by many to be the government's trailblazer in the use of information technology," said Mark Gruzin, vice president, public sector, for MRO Software, an IBM Company. "It's enormous validation for Maximo's IT asset and service management capabilities, and provides a key framework to build on going forward. We believe Maximo will help the agency better serve the nation's warfighters and all those who support them in the defense of the nation."

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