June 23, 2010 at 11:02 am #103760
News story from Federal Times:
That is how the General Services Administration sees the future of federal computing: a more efficient, less costly and more flexible approach that strips both files and programs from individual computers and instead makes them accessible via the Internet.
GSA issued a request for proposals last week for a system that would replace PC-based programs with a single, integrated Web-based solution for e-mail, instant messaging and online conferencing. Employees would also be able to create and store online word-processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations, and collaborate on those projects on the Web in real time.
Existing federal e-mail systems are “insufficiently adaptive and costly,” wrote GSA chief information officer Casey Coleman in the RFP. Katie Lewin, who, as director of GSA’s cloud computing program, led the effort to write the RFP, said the effort could serve as a blueprint for moving all of government to cloud computing.
GSA Enterprise E-Mail and Collaboration Services RFP #OCIO-14558
SOO STATEMENT OF OBJECTIVES
The General Service Administration (GSA) Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is pursuing the acquisition of e-mail and collaboration services as Software as a Service (SaaS) from a commercial provider of Cloud Computing services and software. The intent is to replace the current GSA enterprise on-premise e-mail and collaboration support to a primarily web-based, SaaS services and support contract that provides a highly innovative, creative, cost-effective, and evolving environment. The ideal solution would be an integrated tool set through which the government monitors performance metrics and that allows the government to manage through roles and business rules rather than physical control of assets and direct software licensing. The government believes that traditional outsourcing and system integration support is insufficiently adaptive and costly and should be replaced by commodity services with a SaaS Cloud Computing offering.
This Statement of Objectives (SOO) describes the goals that GSA expects to achieve with regard to the
1. modernization of its e-mail system;
2. provision of an effective collaborative working environment;
3. reduction of the government’s in-house system maintenance burden by providing related business, technical, and management functions; and
4. application of appropriate security and privacy safeguards.
Ultimately, the new e-mail and collaboration system will meet industry performance standards, offer the necessary redundancy and contingency features to meet GSA’s needs, and provide state-of-the-art technology enhancements to improve user experience and minimize service disruption. The ideal solution will involve no software development work and minimal integration effort past implementation. The cost of operation will also be significantly reduced.
The 2010 federal budget released by the administration and published on May 11, 2009 calls for improving innovation, efficiency and effectiveness in federal information technology (IT). The White House recommends that agencies adopt innovations and implement projects that increase efficiencies by optimizing common services and solutions across the enterprise and utilizing market innovations such as Cloud Computing services. GSA has historically sought new ideas in technology that would increase customer focus and service to the public. The current possibilities and value in sorting, sharing, and networking collective information can be enhanced by commercially available services.
June 23, 2010 at 1:54 pm #103763
Wow. I had just seen an article on NextGov about this and here is the specs.
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