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The purpose of the ITES-SW 2 acquisition is to support Army, Department of Defense (DoD) and all Federal Agency enterprise Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and info-structure goals by leveraging Commercially available-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software products and maintenance in 14 product categories in addition to related incidental services and hardware. These 14 categories align with the major software categories identified by U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). The software catalogs are:
|Multimedia & Design|
|Business & Finance||NetOps|
|Education||Programming & Development|
|Internet||IT Utility & Security|
|Modeling & Simulation||Specialized|
All products and services available under ITES-SW 2 must be commercial in accordance with the definition of commercial items in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 2.101. The planned period of performance is five years with one five year option with an estimated contract value of $13 billion.
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Requests for software under ITES-SW2 are submitted via the CHESS RFQ or RA tools. The ITES-SW2 contracts are the Army’s mandatory source for the purchase of COTS IT software products. Army customers must follow the software order of precedence which is: Enterprise License Agreement (ELA), ITES-SW2, DOD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA). Customers must obtain a Statement of Non-availability from CHESS and/or an ITAS Waiver from the CIO/G-6 if they wish to purchase outside of CHESS. Note that purchasing from an ELA or DOD ESI is considered purchasing through CHESS. See the CHESS FAQ page for further information.