Beyond.com Adds Energy to List of Fed Clients

Electronic commerce service provider Beyond.com Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., and network integrator Network Management Corp., Sacramento, Calif., won a three-year contract to supply Microsoft enterprise software products to the Department of Energy, the companies announced Aug. 6.

Under this agreement, which the agency values at more than $20 million, all the agency's offices will purchase Microsoft software at a discount.

Network Management, the prime contractor, is providing program management. Purchases will go through Beyond.com's government systems group, a software reseller. Beyond.com's license tracking technology, called Atlas, will be used to distribute, manage and track the products across the Internet.

In addition, Beyond.com will build a Web site for purchases of other software, allowing the agency to control the choices available to individual departments, according to Don Beery, vice president and general manager of Beyond.com's government group.

"We look forward to helping the Department of Energy realize significant cost savings through improved software management," said Beery.

Beyond.com's government group also provides software distribution services to such agencies as the Defense Logistics Agency, the Department of Defense, the Internal Revenue Service, the Office of Thrift Supervision, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency and the Patent and Trademark Office.

Also, Beyond.com's General Service Administration online store allows government employees to purchase software online through its GSA schedule.

Network Management is an 8(a) company founded in 1989 and has worked extensively in the education market.

About the Author

Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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