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Department of Veterans Affairs Selects HP in Software Licensing Deal Worth More Than $225 Million


HP (NYSE: HPQ) has been awarded a task order to deploy and manage Microsoft software for all desktop systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The value to HP of the contract -- which covers all Microsoft® desktop software licensing for the department -- exceeds $225 million.

"Working with the Department of Veterans Affairs gives us immense satisfaction because they are a customer whose efforts support the needs of the men and women who served our country," said Jim Weynand, vice president and general manager, HP Public Sector Organization. "Helping an organization of this magnitude implement the right IT solution isn't just about hardware. It isn't just about software. It isn't just about services. It's about applying all these elements to help them meet VA's unique challenges."

The software licensing agreement is an outgrowth of the PCHS-2 contract that VA awarded to Compaq shortly before it merged with HP. The company's relationship with VA goes back 15 years.

"As one of VA's strategic IT partners, HP brings value to the department by leveraging our strategic relationships with global partners like Microsoft," said Chuck Kinzel, director for the Department of Veterans Affairs, HP U.S. Public Sector Federal Organization. "Providing these software licenses as part of our integrated approach to working with VA ensures the best end-to-end solution for their needs."

One of HP's largest federal customers, the Department of Veterans Affairs is managed by a dedicated HP federal team committed to high levels of customer satisfaction. The Department of Veterans Affairs consists of three major entities to serve military veterans: the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) with 163 medical centers nationwide; the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), providing benefits to veterans at more than 58 regional offices; and the National Cemetery Administration, providing burial benefits and managing 120 national cemeteries nationwide.

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