iGov to Deliver 2400 ThinkPad Notebooks to Air Force Bases Around the Globe
Integrator Works With USAF to Standardize Mobile Computing
MCLEAN, Va., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- iGov, trusted technology solutions partner to government agencies worldwide, announced today the purchase of 2,400 IBM ThinkPad notebooks in Q2 2005, by the Air Force HQ Operations and Sustainment Systems Group (OSSG). The quarterly enterprise buy (QEB), totaling more than $3 million, is part of a larger initiative by the Air Force to provide technical and customer service support, as well as acquisition and program management oversight of more than 160 Combat Support Information Technology (IT) systems. "iGov's ongoing philosophy to offer 'best in class' products and services enables us to participate in the Air Force's effort to standardize its IT infrastructure," said Robert McCann, iGov's Vice President of Sales. "The recent transaction involving 2,400 ThinkPad notebooks, which we will supply to Air Force installations around the globe, is a testament to the strength of our partnership with IBM and the Air Force OSSG." The stated mission of the Air Force OSSG is to "provide and support secure combat support information systems and networks for the Air Force and Department of Defense (DoD) components." The organization oversees 24 Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) and 16 other contract vehicles and vendor partnerships. iGov was one of seven companies awarded the Air Force DLS Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA FA8771-05-A-0602) in December 2004, and one of three small business firms that can supply desktops, laptops, and servers. According to the agreement, any purchases that take place between QEBs must be from small businesses. Of the original seven awardees of the DLS BPA, all Q1 purchases were awarded to Dell, Gateway, and iGov -- with iGov being the only small business. "As the IBM Personal Computing Division transitions to Lenovo, IBM will continue its commitment to offer government agencies its finest products and leadership in service and support through valuable reseller partnerships with organizations like iGov," said Sammy Kinlaw, IBM Business Unit Executive, Eastern Region Channel Sales. "This contract is just the latest outgrowth of our long-standing relationship with iGov and a record of success." About iGov: iGov is a trusted government advisor that provides manageable and cost- effective information technology solutions to agencies worldwide. iGov offers a full line of IT products; iSolutions consulting for Security, Servers, Storage, and Secure Wireless LANs; and asset information management (AIM) solutions. Established in 1996, iGov has developed a broad contract portfolio featuring solutions from leading hardware and software manufacturers in the industry. Its expert engineers and knowledgeable sales staff build and implement the best solutions for our DoD and civilian agency clients. iGov is a small business with its headquarters in McLean, Va., and is online at http://www.igov.com. About ThinkPad: ThinkPad notebook PCs have won more than 1,000 industry awards. Soon to join the Lenovo Group, ThinkPad notebook and ThinkCentre desktop personal computers utilizing ThinkVantage Technologies are available through a combined worldwide distribution and sales network spanning 160 countries. ThinkVantage Technologies help make PCs less dependent on IT staff or user intervention for basic tasks such deployment, backup, maintenance and security, freeing up users and IT staff to focus on competitive advantages in their business. The suite of ThinkVantage Technologies includes the Active Protection System, which arms notebooks with air-bag like hard-disk crash protection in case of a fall and Rescue and Recovery, which can restore lost data, applications and settings in the event of a software failure, even if the main operating system isn't working. For more information, see http://www.ibm.com/thinkpad. CONTACT: Sara Luster, +1-703-287-7802, firstname.lastname@example.org, for iGov; or Christine West, Media Relations of IBM PC Division, +1-919-543-2015, email@example.com.
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