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Seventy percent. According to the GAO, seventy percent of every IT dollar spent by the Federal government goes to supporting legacy systems and infrastructure. The network infrastructure in the Federal government was designed around a single vendor more than 20 years ago. Like anywhere else, less competition has driven higher prices and stymied innovation. Agencies pay more, get less, and move slower than they should.
What’s more, agencies admit to knowing better. Brocade and MeriTalk partnered on a study and found out that 95% of Federal IT professionals agree there are benefits to using more than one manufacturer within an agency’s IT infrastructure, but 41 percent of Federal respondents noted that their agency wasn’t even considering introducing additional manufacturers into their network infrastructure.
Clearly, industry needs to do a better job of communicating the benefits of the multi-vendor model, and the government needs to be open to change. Here’s why:
Despite the data, and let’s face it – enormous need – many agencies remain dependent. Why? A solid few said “it’s just the way we always do things” – but that isn’t going to cut it in this post-sequester world. To truly set their IT free, Feds need to:
It’s my belief that government and industry can work together to set America’s IT free. It’s time to step up and declare your infrastructure independence.
To download the complimentary study, please visit http://www.meritalk.com/infrastructureindependence.
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Anthony Robbins is the vice president of Federal for Brocade.