From low-cost open-source tech tools to better citizen services, government IT staffs show how creative -- and cost conscious -- they can be.
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The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has continued its multi-year Drive-to-the-Cloud initiative with a number of accomplishments over the past 18 months. Following its transition to a cloud-based email platform and a cloud-based collaboration/application platform, the GSA has continued to lead efforts in cloud security, shared-service cloud applications, mobile computing and social apps. Those efforts have paved the way for other federal agencies to adopt cloud computing as a viable and scalable option to support their business IT environments.
In the process, GSA's work has led to the consolidation of 1,700 legacy apps to fewer than 100; the development of 26 new enterprise business apps in less than six months; the reduction of app development time by 75%; and the reduction of the five-year average total cost of operations for apps by 90%. Meanwhile, GSA's leadership in creating a related set of policies -- a "Cloud Center of Excellence" -- is helping eliminate duplication through better coordination and data re-use across the federal government.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
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