Letter to the Editor
Following are responses to an FCW.com poll question that asked: "Is the Bush administration on the right track with the concept of consolidating IT projects?"
Information technology consolidation will eliminate a plethora of problems when planning and implementing an enterprise network. Enterprise networks that support many agencies require close and cohesive planning and management by all levels of IT staffs.
Without consolidation, the lack of coordination fosters unnecessary replication of activities during the planning stages. But most importantly the lack of coordination poses a serious communication and coordination situation for the IT staffs who are tasked with the operational management and administration of the enterprise infrastructure.
Moreover, with consolidation, significant cost reductions are virtually guaranteed due to a greatly reduced time savings in planning and design.
Steve Weber Agriculture Department
Traditional government IT efforts have been stovepiped, centered around traditional organizations and processes.
In order to be successful in the future, IT must be organized based on the needs of customers and the power of networked organizations. This will require a new organization to IT, new business models and new ways of providing services.
Edward Schmitz Navy