Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS ) is the Army’s designated Primary Source for commercial IT. CHESS provides a no-fee flexible procurement strategy through which an Army user may procure commercial off the shelf (COTS) IT hardware, software and services via an e-commerce based process. CHESS offers simple, straightforward contract vehicles through its online Army e-commerce ordering system, the IT e-mart. These contracts provide continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidation of requirements to maximize cost avoidance and leverage the Army’s buying power.
In accordance with Army Regulation 25-1 , “Army Knowledge Management and Information Technology,” CHESS is tasked as the organization responsible for implementing consolidated buys of desktop and notebook computers for the Army at the enterprise level. The Consolidated Buy (CB) process is the most cost effective approach to fulfilling user requirements for these products. The CB is also in direct support of the Army Chief Information Officer (CIO/G-6) strategy for acquiring products which are fully compliant with Federal Desktop Computing regulations as well as DOD and Army security and interoperability standards.
CHESS is the Army’s Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) Software Product Manager (SPM). In this capacity, CHESS has the responsibility of managing the DOD and Army Enterprise Software Agreements (ESAs) whose use has been mandated by the Army CIO/G6. CHESS also has Statement of Non-Availability authority if an ESA cannot meet user requirements. Other responsibilities in this area include: consolidating software requirements, developing business cases, assisting contracting officers in negotiating best-value deals, and administering resulting agreements. In doing so, CHESS helps to reduce acquisition and support costs by leveraging DoD’s buying power.