Cloud computing has a relatively short, interesting and eventful history. As time rolls on, Cloud has withstood the early days of security questions, ownership, availability and other potential “risks”. Every level of government has recognized the benefits and are getting on board with using the technology. This is evidenced in the below infographic, with data and real-world examples illustrating the public sector’s expanded leveraging of Cloud technology with increasing regularity.
Why would the public sector want to move forward with Cloud technology? As reported in WIRED, Sujatha Perepa, IBM, recognized the growth and looked at how the government sector joined the private sector in leveraging the power of Cloud, “Why the U.S. Government is Moving to Cloud Computing“.
As you can see in our infographic, the breadth of applicable solutions and services requested is broad. The bid requests are originating literally from sea to shining sea. Geographically speaking, the District of Columbia, California, Minnesota, Alabama, and Massachusetts are the leaders in terms of number of notifications put out to bid.
The most active state and local entities have been Mass Bay Transportation Authority, state of Washington, and cities of Opelika, St. Cloud, and Los Angeles. On the federal side, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Commerce, Department of Army, General Services Administration, and Department of Labor have led the way in number of bid requests issued.
The technology itself, along with the players and dollars involved, have combined to stimulate much conversation and analysis. There are many people and sources looking at the procurement and use of information technology, specifically Cloud technology, by city, county, state, and federal entities. Joshua Bleiberg and Darrell M. West blogged, “Analyzing the Federal Government’s Use of the Cloud“, in Brookings, Feb 9th, 2015.
Sample Active Bids/RFPs
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