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Federal CIO Outlines Second-Term IT Priorities
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John Foley
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John Foley,
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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.
cbabcock
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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


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