Uncle Sam’s $24 Million Cloud App

Posted by John Foley on November 17, 2009 09:11 AM in Information Week

The U.S. government’s cloud computing portal, Apps.gov, may be a breakthrough in fast, efficient, and transparent IT acquisition, but that doesn’t mean it’s cheap. Witness the multimillion-dollar software modules available to government agencies on the site.

Apps.gov was unveiled by Federal CIO Vivek Kundra in September. The portal, run by the General Services Administration, offers business, productivity, social media, and other on-demand applications with the ease of ordering a book on Amazon.com. There’s even a shopping cart to aggregate purchases.

Dozens of products on Apps.gov can be licensed for under $20 a month: a Salesforce.com add-on for Google Apps is $17.24; Microsoft Exchange Services for the Blackberry, $9.68; an employee benefit tracker, 27 cents per employee.

Others cost thousands, even millions, of dollars. Carahsoft Technology has dozens of ERP modules that list for more than $1 million, including one — its Avue Digital type C module — that tops out at $24,425,110.

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