Great Article by Information Week:
Federal CIO Scrutinizes Spending And Eyes Cloud Computing
The Federal Government Spends Billions of Dollars each year on Enterprise Solutions. It amazes me how the government awards these large projects to corporations that NEVER and I say NEVER deliver the systems. The New FBI system was a huge mess went it was ready to go back in 2005: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0113-05.htm
Its not always the vendors reason why they never delivered, but they still get paid Millions of dollars anyway. What a pure waste. My company has lost Government Proposals, and years later we see another Proposal from the same government agency with the same RFP, and we find out it was a huge mess with the awarded vendor, and millions of dollars later they are back to the drawing board. However the IT Administrator is NEW, and Community Development Director is NEW and the Government Commissioners (Some New) are ALL Involved.
ON DEMAND Systems can get these agencies at least up and running on New Advanced systems NOW, that adds Value Super Fast, Extracts Ideas from their staff, and the focus groups can make up their minds on what is a good function, and what function they do not need, and what enhancements they will need, without committing huge amounts of money on a system that might work, or might not work. (Out of Breath..)
I also see a need for a standardize functionality list for all departments for all local governments for Cloud Based (ON DEMAND) Applications.