Georgia awards portal integration contract

Georgia last week awarded WebMethods Inc. a $2.8 million contract to integrate data and applications for the state's Web portal, www.georgia.gov.

Under the 10-year contract, the state and WebMethods negotiated a perpetual-use license, said Gina Tiedemann, director of GeorgiaNet, a division of the Georgia Technology Authority.

WebMethods will integrate myriad systems into the portal, Tiedemann said, including legacy mainframe systems.

The Fairfax, Va., company is one of many the state has hired to help GTA build the portal into a one-stop shop for access to service's at all levels of government.

'Our constituents don't differentiate well between federal government, state government and local government,' Tiedemann said. 'They just want to access government. So we want to build a portal that will enable that.'

For example, the new portal has an online business registration feature that lets users apply for a federal employer identification number online, submitting the information to both the IRS and the Georgia Revenue Department simultaneously.

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