Comments
Federal CIO Outlines Second-Term IT Priorities
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
cbabcock
50%
50%
cbabcock,
User Rank: Strategist
1/24/2013 | 8:15:24 PM
re: Federal CIO Outlines Second-Term IT Priorities
In all likelihood, the reference to "legacy systems" is to older IBM 390 mainframes and aging AS 400s, Digital Equipment Corp. VAXes with VMS, HP's prioprietary MPX, old versions of Sun Solaris or even SunOS, I read the description as referring to "obsolete or near obsolete" systems purchased many years ago, possibly no longer even supported, not recent versions of Solaris or HP/UX. While the private sector often refers to its legacy systems as taking even more of the budget, it sounds like legacy in the government means "legacy and badly obsolete." Charlie Babcock, InformationWeek
John Foley
50%
50%
John Foley,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/24/2013 | 6:40:04 PM
re: Federal CIO Outlines Second-Term IT Priorities
"Some committee members expressed surprise that such a big chuck of the federal IT budget goes to the maintenance of legacy systems." Surprised? Really? The long-used rule of thumb in the business world was that 80 percent of the IT budget went toward maintenance and 20 percent to new capabilities. Over time that has shifted to 70/30, 60/40, etc., as CIOs get better at squeezing costs from one place to invest in another. If the feds are only spending half their IT budget on maintenance, they're ahead of the curve. In other words, 50 percent on maintenance is surprisingly good, not surprisingly bad.


Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Dec. 9, 2014
Apps will make or break the tablet as a work device, but don't shortchange critical factors related to hardware, security, peripherals, and integration.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of December 14, 2014. Be here for the show and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program.
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.