Dell Perot Systems announced Jan. 7 a five-year, $42 million agreement to provide command, control, communications, computer and information management services to the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois. Recently acquired by Dell, Perot Systems has been providing services to the Rock Island Arsenal for the past four years.
In the first four years of the contract, Perot Systems led a number of Army IT initiatives, including consolidating the base's DOIM (Directorate of Information Management) centers into a single DOIM while simultaneously migrating the base's networks to the Army's first APC (Area Processing Center). For the new contract, Dell Perot Systems will continue to provide network operations, desktop services, e-mail, information assurance, telephones and connectivity to long-haul communications.
The APC migration was one of the first of its kind in the contiguous 48 U.S. states and created a process blueprint for future installations. The successful migration has also helped the base improve service delivery as well as strengthen security by reducing entry points.
Lee Carrick, vice president of Dell Perot Systems' Government Services Unit in Fairfax, Va., said in a statement the migration "gave us a firsthand knowledge of the challenges that arise in migrations and how to avoid or resolve those issues during future migrations."