Apple has one. So does Google. So why shouldn’t the federal government? That’s what Vivek Kundra’s been asking ever since he was named the first-ever federal CIO. Now, with the release of their latest initiative, Apps.gov, the feds are catching up.
The online storefront, which is designed to be a one-stop shop for software used by federal agencies, represents another key milestone: It serves as a means of moving the government closer to cloud computing. Kundra has promoted cloud computing as a cost-saving measure that can improve data sharing (and minimize redundancy) among federal, state and local governments, plus decrease the government’s already sizable carbon footprint resulting from having to power massive data centers.
While Apps.gov signals one of the government’s biggest entries into cloud computing to date, it’s still a little thin on offerings: It largely consists of social media applications (most of them free), as well as a few workflow programs. But Kundra says this is just the beginning, and, in fact, the intent of Apps.gov is already leading some industry experts to call it a trendsetter.
One of the biggest reasons: Apps.gov promotes an “adopt at your own pace” approach to cloud computing. Still to be answered, however: how vendors can participate in the online storefront. We’ll keep you posted.
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