The Department of Defense divided the potential $8 billionÂ Defense Enterprise Office SolutionÂ cloud contract into three phases as part of a revised contracting strategy, Nextgov reported Thursday.Â
DEOS will serve as the initial phase of DoDâs Enterprise Collaboration and Productivity Services program and will be competed through the General Services Administrationâs IT Schedule 70, while the second and third phases will cover video, voice and assured voice services.
âDEOS really is the mother of all enterprise IT contracts, itâs the largest contract youâve probably never heard of,â a former senior defense official toldÂ the publication.
Elissa Smith,Â a spokeswoman for DoD, said the Pentagon envisions DEOSÂ replacingÂ all disparate collaboration tools across the department and service branches.
âIt is expected that DEOS will be designated as an enterprise solution for DOD-wide adoption and organizations,â Smith toldÂ Nextgov. âComponents that have already implemented different solutions with similar functionality will be required to migrate to DEOS.â
GSA officials told the publication they expect to open DEOS for competition by mid-April.