UK: DE&S’s Imagery and Geospatial Systems (IMaGE) IPT has worked closely with industry to commence development of an agile, fit for purpose geospatial production capability for the Defence Geographic Centre (DGC) based in Feltham, Middlesex.
To meet this need they have partnered with geospatial imagery system specialists ESRI (UK) to secure a 5 year Enterprise Agreement (EA) for the use of its software throughout DGC; maximising the deployment of their software without cost being a barrier to take up. The EA will deliver benefits to the customer, allowing them to create a wide variety of geospatial products faster and more efficiently across the organisation. These geospatial products are vital to support the front line as they include maps and data used by troops, aircraft, mission planning, target acquisition and missile systems.
Enterprise Agreements (EAs) are a key commercial initiative for the MOD providing mutual benefits through a longer term commitment, creating costs savings and driving better economies and efficiencies for licensing, distribution and support. Although relatively simple in the benefits they look to achieve, they are complex to negotiate. A clear boundary definition must be agreed to permit the widest possible but managed use of software.