As one of the largest organizations of the federal government, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) relies on thousands of software and IT providers to run the vast number of military projects under its command. To save time and money on these software products and services, the DoD created the Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI), which streamlines procurement practices through a unified contracting and vendor management strategy across the entire department. Thanks to these efficiencies, DoD ESI has achieved cost avoidance savings of more than $7 billion.
For software vendors, DoD’s ESI contract vehicle enables them to sell products with greater speed and efficiency across a range of DoD departments and agencies, including the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and many more. The DoD ESI is sponsored by the DoD Chief Information Officer to support enterprise commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) IT agreements, assets and policies. DoD ESI strives to lower the total cost of ownership across DoD, Coast Guard and intelligence communities for commercial software, IT hardware and services. Learn more about the ESI contract.
Good news for CloudBees and Carahsoft
This month we’re happy to announce that CloudBees, working with our partner Carahsoft, has officially been placed on this high-profile government contract vehicle. The award is good news for CloudBees because it provides us with greater visibility to DoD agencies and their contracting officers and could lead to greater interest in our software delivery platform and related products. With the ESI, the purchase process is streamlined and products and services are made more affordable.
The ESI award benefits Carahsoft by helping expand the growing portfolio of technology solutions - including CloudBees products - that Carahsoft provides to agencies, including solutions such as cybersecurity, multi-cloud, DevSecOps, artificial intelligence, open source, customer experience and more.
Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Carahsoft is a longstanding CloudBees partner and the primary distributor of CloudBees products and services to government agencies. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, Carahsoft’s sales and marketing teams deliver industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contracts.
At CloudBees, we’re looking forward to the potential for new agency engagements that could follow from our placement on the ESI contract vehicle. The DoD award adds to our existing lineup of government procurement vehicles, which include some of the largest in government, such as the GSA Schedule and NASA SEWP. CloudBees and Carahsoft have worked together for a decade to help agencies like the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, and the U.S. Air Force improve the speed, security and productivity of their software development projects.
Read more about CloudBees and Carahsoft’s announcement of our ESI contract award.