Vendors launch online resource

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State and local government officials strapped for time in evaluating information

technology and telecommunications vendors, products and services can turn

to a new subscription-based Web service for help.

Public Technology Inc. — in a long-term partnership with Sterling,

Va.-based Current Analysis, which assesses and analyzes e-business and telecom

companies — launched Tech Monitor Oct. 30.

The site is expected to help officials from governments and other public-sector

groups make informed decisions about companies, products and services more

quickly and possibly save them money.

"There's a huge need for more timely information," said Tom Davies,

a senior vice president at Current Analysis. When a company makes a move,

he added, Current Analysis provides a complete assessment within 24 to 48

hours.

Davies said there's also a need for "tactical intelligence." A traditional

research analysis is geared toward top company officials to help them plan

a long-term strategy. He said what's missing is relevance for the purchasing

or budget director who makes the decisions about buying a product or service.

Another service feature, he said, will be to get feedback from governments

on their experiences with companies and their products and then share that

information with others so they can assess the "best in class."

Eventually, Davies said the service would be expanded beyond technology

into other areas of interest to governments including transportation, public

safety and the environment.

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