USDA seeks suite of mobile solutions


The Agriculture Department is in the market for a variety of next generation mobility solutions, according to an Aug. 17 solicitation posted to FedBizOpps. The department seeks mobile device management, mobile application management and an enterprise app store, and a container solution to protect applications and data on employee-provisioned and government-furnished equipment, says the statement of work.

"USDA needs to build a solid foundation for executing a mobile strategy, combining device management, application delivery, and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) concepts to empower mobile users while improving IT insight, gaining control, and cutting costs," says the solicitation.  

The departmentwide blanket purchase agreement would be for one base year and four 1-year option periods through September 2017, with a ceiling price of $20 million. The department is welcoming proposals for on-premise, cloud or hybrid solutions, according to the documents.

The MDM solution should enforce defined security policies and scale from USDA's current 3,000 devices to over 100,000 devices. It should include over the air administration, logging and tracking, inventory management and role based management, says the solicitation.

The MDM should also support iOS version 4.x and up, Android versions 2.2 to 4.x and Windows 8 when available, says USDA.

The application management tool should deploy both internally- and commercially-developed apps. The MAM solution should integrate with the MDM and secure, deploy, update, and remove both in-house and commercially-developed applications.

The container solution would accommodate BYOD by using encryption, securely isolating personal data and allowing containered applications to execute in a disconnect state. The department also wants the container solution to be managed from the MDM solution.

For more:
- go to the solicitation on FedBizOpps

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