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The Army Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solution (CHESS), in coordination with the Army Contracting Command (ACC), Rock Island (RI), requires contracts to support the Army's IT software requirements, within the Continental United States (CONUS) and Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) to include remote OCONUS (see Para 4.2), covering a full range of Information Technology (IT) software for client, server, storage, and network environments as part of an Information Technology Enterprise Solutions - Software (ITES-SW) solution. The software, warranty, and maintenance shall be commercial in accordance with the definition of commercial items in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 2.101.
The fundamental purpose of the ITES-SW acquisition is to support the Army enterprise infrastructure and infostructure goals and leverage specific COTS software products and maintenance that have obtained a full Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) through the US Army's Network Command (NETCOM) networthiness process. Based on research and analysis CHESS undertook, software targeted for this potential contract will be software not currently available on another enterprise contract, to include the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI), GSA SmartBuy or Army Enterprise License Agreement. ITES-SW contractors are to enhance Army capabilities by partnering with and supporting the implementation of Army NETCOM's Networthiness Program.