Government agencies should move towards VMWare environments (multiapp servers) and hosted, lightweight solutions such as IaaS and SaaS to strategically align with Kundra's 25 Point Plan (e.g. cloud first policy and data center consolidation). IaaS is scalable and cost effective. Upfront capital expenditures are reduced and the Government is able to leverage a "just in time inventory".
I think all Americans should be concerned about the concept of a unified federal website -- especially if they care about programs which may come under White House (from either party) scrutiny. Aside from the political aspects, adding multiple levels of clearance is a process nightmare. It's already time consuming to post information on many websites -- the more consolidated things get, the more levels of approval ...more »
Do you think SharePoint is a great idea to use for federal government sites?
Many sites use hard coded, html based information that can not be reused/leveraged. When changes are required a content publisher/designer must be involved. Instead, start with data. For instance, organization charts. An org chart is a list of organizations and perhaps a field such as "parent" to relate one organization with the next. If this list was created before rendering the org chart, it could be reused internally/externally ...more »
Wanna save $? Use free technology, save the remainder that you would've spent on licenses and SLAs and instead spend a fraction of it on cheap hosting, proper support, staffing and training.
Oh, and then let your programmers contribute the modules they build to the community for re-use.
There is a ton of waste in agencies that have deployed multiple management systems for web. Eliminate most of the waste by requiring them to consolidate it immediately. No reduction in service levels, reduced cost.