As a budget-pressured Defense Department strives to improve efficiency and cut costs, it is increasingly turning to joint enterprise licensing agreements, known as JELAs. Similar to the strategic sourcing model, a typical JELA involves several DoD organizations merging their requirements for a specific project or service into a single agreement that is carefully tailored to meet all of their needs.
The approach, which has gained momentum over the past three years, is designed to help DoD better leverage its buying power by requiring organizations with basically the same needs to enter into joint licensing agreements with one or several suppliers. A side benefit to JELAs is that they promote increased conformity and standardization across DoD organizations. “The branches have recognized that multiple applications and multiple iterations of the same application are wasteful, and they are looking to this as a way to get a handle on that,” stated Deltek Federal Analyst John Slye in a recent C4ISR & Networks editorial whitepaper, “DoD’s New Acquisition Model: Joint Enterprise Licensing.”
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