Vendors launch online resource
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Oct 30, 2001
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
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.