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HPE fights terms of Army unified communications contract

HP Enterprise is objecting to terms of a new Army contract to provide unified communications via a software as a service model.

The value of the contract hasn’t been disclosed, but the Army is looking for a contractor-owned, contractor operated solution to provide voice, video, instant messaging, presence and desktop sharing capabilities.

Users would access the unified capabilities through a standard application on the end-user device including desktop, laptop or mobile devices, according to solicitation documents.

There could be as many as 1 million users worldwide. The contract is being managed by the Army PEO Enterprise Information Systems.

The contract will consolidate several other contracts and integrate what are now stove-piped and locally managed communications systems.

HPE filed a pre-award protest with the Government Accountability Office after the Army issued several amendments, including one that moved the due date for proposals from Dec. 5 to Dec. 19.

It’s not clear what HPE is objecting to. The company declined to comment.

The protest was filed Nov. 29 and a decision is expected by March 9.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Dec 05, 2016 at 9:31 AM

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