GSA looking to turn everything into a service

Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Software-as a-Service have become common terms in the federal IT vernacular in discussing cloud services. But now the General Services Administration is looking to the same business model to include, well, everything else, reports Camille Tuutti in Federal Computer Week

Everything-as-a-Service has emerged in the post-personal computer era as a cost-effective, streamlined way to buy IT services and solutions. At the Transportation Department, the EaaS concept emerged internally two or three years ago, when the agency set out to optimize its IT portfolio, said department CIO Nitin Pradhan.

“We’re not talking about SaaS this or that – we just want everything as a service,” he told the audience at the July 26 Multiple Award Government & Industry Conference in Arlington, Va.

GSA is looking to take the same approach as DOT and be able to pick exactly which solution or service it wants, without committing itself to a bigger package.

EaaS is “certainly not the way we’ve looked at our acquisition model over the past 20 years - we’re grappling with some of the complexities,” Kevin Page, deputy assistant commissioner of Integrated Technology Service at GSA, told the MAGIC audience.

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