Travel consolidating software

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GSA is consolidating software license management and establishing a software license management program. The creation of GSA IT and the consolidation of Information Technology (IT) in GSA set the framework to consolidate and centralize various IT functions. GSA parties are to make requests for any and all software (desktop, server and cloud), for servers and for individual use devices, via the GSA IT Service Desk using the Service Catalog Software Request process.This Order establishes software license management roles, responsibilities, and procedures. Also, GAO audited agencies’ software license management and found many agencies, including GSA, needed to strengthen software management, including software license management policy. GSA IT is responsible for: (1) Establishing a software management program that oversees software licensing in GSA; (2) Establishing and maintaining the Software License Management Repository; (3) Approving the acquisition of software, in accordance with the IT Standards Profile; (4) Installing properly acquired software and removing software no longer included in the IT Standards Profile or no longer under proper licensing agreements; (5) Analyzing GSA software licenses to identify software license consolidation opportunities and to manage software license consolidation; and (6) Developing maintenance strategies that could result in Enterprise License Agreements (ELAs) or consolidated licenses and include planning and budgeting for the costs to maintain software year over year. Per CIO 2160.1E GSA IT Standards Profile, only software that has been approved for use in the IT Standards Profile may be acquired and installed for use in the GSA IT environment. Per CIO 2100.1 GSA Information Technology (IT) Security Policy, only GSA IT designated resources have the administrative rights to install software on GSA IT hardware including laptops, desktops and servers. Software license information is to be entered into the GSA Software License Management Repository which is integrated into GSA’s IT Service Management (ITSM) System (currently Service Now). The software request enables selection from a list of already approved standard GSA software.North America’s leading business and marketing solutions provider to the leisure travel distribution channel, will provide opportunities for U.S.-based members to learn even more about the transformation to Travel Leaders Network at regional events in Phoenix, AZ, and Atlanta, GA, on October 5 and October 13, respectively.

Proper management of software licenses helps to minimize risks by ensuring that licenses are used in compliance with licensing agreements and cost-effectively deployed, and that software purchasing and maintenance expenses are properly controlled. Contracting officers must include compliance with this policy in the statements of work for contractors. This policy applies to the management of all software licenses for desktops, laptops, servers, and software services provided by vendors. Mobile applications are addressed in Chapter 8 of Securing Mobile Devices and Applications [CIO-IT Security-12-67]. This policy applies to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) only to the extent that the OIG determines it is consistent with the OIG’s independent authority under the IG Act and it does not conflict with other OIG policies or the OIG mission. (7) The GSA IT Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is responsible for examining and assessing the security of proposed software to be included in the IT Standards Profile. Service and Staff Offices (SSOs) are responsible for: (1) Acquiring specialized software that has been approved by GSA IT for us in accordance with the IT Standards Profile and determined to be specifically meant to serve the purpose of the SSO rather than the agency as a whole, and; (2) Reporting licensing information to GSA IT for inclusion in the GSA Software License Management Repository. EA identifies previously approved software that can meet the requirements or initiates the review and approval process for new software. The Enterprise Architecture and Planning Division (IEA) receives non-standard software requests from the Service Desk on behalf of users, for inclusion in the IT Standards Profile.

Last month’s announcement that would be combining forces with Travel Leaders Associates and Results!

Travel into Travel Leaders Network has already received enormously positive feedback from member agencies.

“We have to continue to stay ahead of an evolving industry, and by combining forces as Travel Leaders Network, I firmly believe we can do that. One of the reasons we joined Cruise Holidays (a member of Vacation.com) was because of their industry leading software platform Agent Mate,” said Bill Walsh, President of Cruise Travel Outlet.

“I was happy to learn that the organization not only plans to continue to maintain Agent Mate, but they have plans to invest substantially in it over the coming years to make it even better.

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