Army Cloud Computing Enterprise Transition (ACCENT)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ACCENT provides an Army contract vehicle to procure technical support for transition of Army enterprise systems/applications migrating to a commercial cloud environment or an Army Enterprise Hosting Facility (AEHF). These requirements are in support of the Army Data Center Consolidation Plan (ADCCP) modernization and migration requirements. The Army is moving designated IT applications, systems and associated data to authorized commercial cloud service providers (CSPs) and consolidating data centers to AEHFs.​​​


Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) is the Army's designated Primary Source for commercial IT. CHESS provides a no-fee flexible procurement strategy through which an Army user may procure commercial off the shelf (COTS) IT hardware, software and services. CHESS offers simple, straightforward contract vehicles through its online Army system, the IT e-mart. These contracts provide continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidation of requirements to maximize cost avoidance and leverage the Army's buying power.

In accordance with Army Regulation 25-1, "Army Knowledge Management and Information Technology," CHESS is tasked as the organization responsible for implementing consolidated buys of desktop and notebook computers for the Army at the enterprise level. The Consolidated Buy (CB) process is the most cost effective approach to fulfilling user requirements for these products. The CB is also in direct support of the Army HQDA Chief Information Officer (CIO/G-6) strategy for acquiring products which are fully compliant with Federal Desktop Computing regulations as well as DOD and Army security and interoperability standards.

CHESS is the Army's Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) Software Product Manager (SPM). In this capacity, CHESS has the responsibility of managing the DOD and Army Enterprise Software Agreements (ESAs) whose use has been mandated by the Army HQDA CIO/G6. CHESS also has Statement of Non-Availability authority if an ESA cannot meet user requirements. Other responsibilities in this area include: consolidating software requirements, developing business cases, assisting contracting officers in negotiating best-value deals, and administering resulting agreements. In doing so, CHESS helps to reduce acquisition and support costs by leveraging DOD's buying power.

Ordering Instructions: Application Owners will use decentralized ordering procedures for the acquisition of cloud computing services. Task Orders (TO) will be issued, separately funded, and competed amongst the available BOA holders. Specific requirements will be defined in the TOs. The TOs will be issued by Army ordering organizations. Information regarding the ACCENT contracts can be found at:​



Smartronix ACCENT PM

Keith "Bull" Miller
Phone: 540-270-8319 (office)


Smartronix ACCENT Contract Administrator 
Catherine Withrow 


  • Primary source to support the Warfighter's information dominance objectives by developing, implementing and managing commercial information technology contracts that provide enterprise-wide, net-centric hardware, software and support services for the Army.
  • ACCENT is part of the Army's center of excellence for commercial IT acquisition through continuously competitive contracts that provide economical, value-added, networthy IT products and superior, performance-based IT services based on Army and DoD policy and standards compliance.
  • ​The ACCENT BOA will be the Army's preferred source used by all Army commands and organizations requiring commercial cloud hosting, data center migration, transition support, and application modernization services.
  • ​​CSP/CSO is required to have FedRAMP/DoD provisional Authorization (PA) to be awarded a BOA.


  • Cloud computing solutions include the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud service models, and the Private, Community, Public, and Hybrid deployment models (as applicable). Cloud hosting solutions may require either on-premise or off-premise hosting, and support hosting of systems/applications at Information Impact Levels 2, 4, 5, or 6. Cloud requirements may also include mobile computer solutions.



  • Cloud transition support activities may include application analysis, security requirements analysis, documentation, modernization (code refactoring and augmentation), virtualization, technical engineering, migration scheduling, business process reengineering, data preparation, migration planning, interface transition planning, training on CSO environment, service transition planning, cutover planning, back out planning, and go-live support.



  • ​Application modernization may be required as part of transition support services. Modernization is the refactoring or consolidation of legacy software programming to align it more closely with current business needs. In this case, modernizing systems/applications to migrate to commercial cloud hosting environments. The following are core activities performed in application modernization activities.

​                     o    ​ Develop application documentation to support modernization or improve maintenance and testing efficiency.

                     o     Identify approaches to modernize and upgrade applications to enhance business value.

                     o     Consolidate and rationalize data and applications to eliminate redundancy, improve efficiency and make improvements to data quality.

                     o     Enhance security to latest standards of best practice and compliance.

                     o     Re-architect applications to leverage modern architecture standards and interface capabilities.

                     o     Assess, plan and implement server workload consolidations to reduce cost and complexity while migrating to a modernized and scalable platform.​​


​ ​The ACCENT scope includes services and solutions necessary for the Army to satisfy the requirement to migrate Army enterprise systems/applications to commercial cloud service providers and/or AEHFs. Commercial cloud services will be acquired based on approved Cloud Service Provider (CSO) Cloud Service Offerings (CSOs) (i.e., those with a DoD Provisional Authorization). ACCENT will also enable capability owners to modernize and transition applications to CSP/CSOs and/or AEHFs, and facilitate the acquisition of modular or mobile hosting facilities.​

​Contract Name:​

Army Cloud Computing Enterprise Transition (ACCENT)


Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) 
(Army's designated primary source for commercial IT)

​Contract Type:

Multi-Award BPA

Contract Number:


Task Order: 

​Issued by Army ordering organizations

​IT Solutions:               

Cloud hosting, transition support, and modernization in support of the Army Data Center Consolidation Plan (ADCCP) modernization and migration requirements.

​Contract Type Supported:                          

​Basic Ordering Agreements (BOAs) will be issued to allow Army capability owners to obtain commercial cloud hosting services in any combination of service models, deployment models, and Impact Levels as defined in the DoD Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (CC SRG).



​Period of Performance:  

Through February 2020 (BOAs - 3 years, TOs - up to 5 years) 

​Payment Terms:                

All ordering on ACCENT must be through CHESS ​​​​​​​​