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Top 10 Government IT Innovators Of 2013

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.

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9/12/2013 | 7:15:37 PM
re: Top 10 Government IT Innovators Of 2013
I watched that Mars landing and was very impressed by the images. I didn't realize NASA used Amazon hosting for that.
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9/13/2013 | 7:54:09 PM
re: Top 10 Government IT Innovators Of 2013
If budget constraints are forcing agencies to rethink their approaches, the good news is, the technology tools now available are making it possible to actually deliver innovation solutions, not just think about them.
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