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SDL wins long-term enterprise agreement with US Navy

Posted 12 October 2020 · Add Comment

SDL announced a long-term contract with the US Navy to standardise the creation, management and delivery of all technical publications on the SDL Contenta Publishing Suite.



Above: USS Nimitz.
Courtesy: SDL


The Navy Enterprise Subscription License (NESL) agreement re-affirms SDL’s role in the US Navy’s ongoing rationalisation, reduction and centralisation strategy to lower the total cost of ownership of all technical publications.

First deployed in 2009, the SDL Contenta Publishing Suite is centrally hosted and managed from the US Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Data Center, laying the foundations for the US Navy’s Standardised NAVSEA Integrated Publishing Process (SNIPP). The SNIPP standard – which all NAVSEA organisations are required to use – supports the acquisition, development, maintenance, storage, and distribution of technical manuals, content, data and source files.

“The US Navy is incredibly complex organisation, and standardizing and centralising processes can have a huge impact on cost reduction,” said Thomas Labarthe, Chief Revenue Officer at SDL. “As a long-term partner of the US Navy we’re proud to extend our relationship to where we’re now reducing the total cost of ownership of technical data creation, management and distribution across the US Navy’s entire surface and underwater fleet.”

Supporting the US Navy’s future digital and technical information strategy, the SDL Contenta Publishing Suite and NESL agreement provide access to a standards based technical publications solution for all Navy Programs and Contractors – including those requiring remote access. SDL’s enterprise proven technical publications solution is also utilised by the US Air Force (USAF) to meet their enterprise technical order creation, management and delivery strategies, which includes support of technical information into predictive maintenance and analysis across all USAF assets. 

Both the US Navy and US Air Force conducted extensive due diligence in their assessment and selection of the best commercial technologies to support their enterprise consolidation strategies. In the case of the Air Force, a cross team of evaluators assessed each solution against 103 requirements across seven categories to determine the best fit for their Technical Order Authoring and Publishing (TOAP) strategy. After completing the assessment, the Air Force determined that the SDL Contenta Publishing Suite for S1000D was the best fit option.

The SDL Contenta Publishing Suite for S1000D is a complete, integrated, industry-proven publishing solution for technical content, with functionality optimised for each step of the publishing process. It supports complex organizations that need to manage millions of pages of technical documents and deliver critical information to maintenance professionals, helping to meet mission objectives, reduce mean time to repair and keep assets deployed. 
 
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