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Government Wide Contracts and IT Standards OpenGroup ‘04. Joanne Woytek NASA GSFC joanne.woytek@nasa.gov. SEWP Scope / Focus. SEWP Scope: Catalog of commercially available IT products Main SEWP Focus: High-end, state-of-the-art IT Products (Hardware and Software)

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government wide contracts and it standards opengroup 04

Government Wide Contracts and IT StandardsOpenGroup ‘04

Joanne WoytekNASA GSFCjoanne.woytek@nasa.gov

sewp scope focus
SEWP Scope / Focus
  • SEWP Scope: Catalog of commercially available IT products
  • Main SEWP Focus: High-end, state-of-the-art IT Products (Hardware and Software)
  • Open to all Federal Agencies and their authorized Support Contractors
  • Save Gov’t time, money and headaches
    • Streamlines decision making
    • Low prices
    • Easy and efficient procurement process
sewp by the numbers
SEWP by the numbers

10+ years - track record in high-end acquisitions

400,000+ IT products

16 Prime contractors; 10small businesses

1,400 Manufacturers

$3.8 million In orders processed per day

sewp objectives
SEWP Objectives
  • Have the most appropriate hardware and software tools continuously available to assist NASA’s scientific and engineering core competencies (High-end / State-of-the-art IT Products)
  • Minimize system incompatibilities and facilitate hardware and software standardization across agency and the Government through easy to use commercial contracts
  • Provide a wide range of hardware and software tools to support, interconnect, and enhance computer systems.
  • Embrace innovative procurement actions and processes
sewp history and standards
SEWP History and Standards
  • SEWP I partly in response to de-facto standard (VAX/VMS)
    • Justified quick procurement (limited choices)
    • Reduced incentive for new technology
  • SEWP I and II (1990-2000)centered on Open Standards
    • Primarily UNIX
  • SEWP III (2001) added emerging / de-facto standards
    • Linux
    • Window
    • But still primarily Unix
sewp future and standards
SEWP Future and Standards
  • SEWP IV coming (2005)
    • Must be relevant today and still fresh in 5 years
  • OS Standards is in several camps:
    • UNIX (pure) appears to have peaked
    • Windows-based market domination
    • Linux increasingly important in high end computing
    • Inexpensive Computer hardware and OS
  • Other technologies are important:
    • Peripherals (e.g. mass storage)
    • Security
    • Information (databases)
types of standards
Types of Standards
  • Technical standards (e.g. OpenGroup, ANSI, etc)
    • Increases choices / flexible solutions
    • Relies on adequacy of the standard and certification process
    • Constantly changing / evolving
  • Industry (de-facto standards) (e.g. Windows, Office)
    • Limit choices / reduce innovation
    • Certainty
    • Internal consistency
  • Upper Management (CIO) Standards
    • One size fits all
    • Lower hardware / administration costs
    • Works best in homogeneous environment
questions for me and you
Questions for me and you
  • OS standards
    • Is Unix still alive?
    • Is Linux standardizable?
      • Does it want to be?
    • Does Windows / Intel provide a totally level hardware platform field
      • What distinguishes Dell / HP-Compaq / Brand X
  • What do people really want / need?
    • Standards for interoperability
    • The latest technology regardless of relevance to past
  • What does high-end IT mean today?
    • Computing power
    • Network capability
    • Applications (databases / web-based / etc. )