IT revolution reshapes federal marketplace

The government’s IT evolution continues to pick up speed as budget pressures and calls for efficiency weigh heavily on federal leadership, driving change throughout Washington and beyond, reports Amber Corrin in Federal Computer Week.

Now, as agencies move toward a model of sharing goods and services, it’s changing the business landscape, according to Richard Spires, CIO at the Homeland Security Department..

Shared services go beyond just e-mail as a service and data center consolidation, Spires said. Those approaches are just part of a comprehensive approach to a new, agile model of federal IT that catalyzes government operations in the 21st century.

“We want to get people working more on the mission outcomes and the mission outcomes for their clients than worrying about having to administer commodity IT. We want to redeploy our assets to work more closely with the mission,” Spires said May 21 at the GITEC Summit in Baltimore. “It’s a game-changer for us and for the federal government.”

At DHS, moving the department’s various components to shared e-mail services is set to save millions, with 100,000 accounts expected to be converted in the next year. But that’s just the start, Spires said.

To read Corrin’s full report click here

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