Vivek Kundra at the White House announced the new Apps.gov web site
Here’s what really impresses me: while so many private sector folks are debating the pros and cons of cloud computing, Kundra just did it. He says they’re starting small, he says it will “take time before we can realize the full potential of cloud computing,” but he voted on cloud computing with all the clout of the federal government.
This means that federal agencies, so often brow-beaten for being as slow as molasses in January (copyright my grandmother), are changing the way they handle the procurement and use of software to save time and money. There will be a learning curve, for sure. The new site features a video to explain cloud computing, and the “store” isn’t completely stocked. But hello, they’re doing it! (Change? Yes we can!)
On the White House blog today, Kundra said:
Apps.gov is an online storefront for federal agencies to quickly browse and purchase cloud-based IT services, for productivity, collaboration, and efficiency. Cloud computing is the next generation of IT in which data and applications will be housed centrally and accessible anywhere and anytime by a various devices (this is opposed to the current model where applications and most data is housed on individual devices). By consolidating available services, Apps.gov is a one-stop source for cloud services – an innovation that not only can change how IT operates, but also save taxpayer dollars in the process.