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Agency tech initiatives leaving money on the table

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What: "Show Me the Money: The Key to Doubling Agency Savings," a study by public/private federal IT partnership MeriTalk, underwritten by network solutions provider Brocade.

Why: The report analyzes how federal agencies can maximize consolidation, virtualization, cloud computing, remote access, and infrastructure diversification programs. Three hundred federal network managers were queried.

According to the study, federal agencies could squeeze 24 percent -- or a combined $19.7 billion annually -- more out of the five initiatives across government if they're fully leveraged. The persistence of legacy networks could have a significant impact on agencies' abilities to apply that full leverage, however. Two thirds of Federal network managers say their networks are ill equipped to meet mission needs, let alone support new technology initiatives. Agencies are making the most progress with remote access and consolidation initiatives, with 70 percent and 62 percent, respectively, partially or fully deployed.

Verbatim: Federal agencies are saving with key IT infrastructure initiatives – consolidation, virtualization, cloud, remote access, and diversification:

• Feds are furthest along with remote access systems (70 percent) and consolidation efforts (62 percent), but have work to do on the remaining initiatives.

• So far, agencies have saved 10 percent of IT budgets or $8.5 billion annually.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a staff writer at FCW.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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