In 2012, the gold rush among private-sector companies courting government IT dollars with their cloud offerings continued unabated. Salesforce, for instance, unveiled in April a dedicated, multi-tenant cloud and app marketplace geared for government agencies, along with a program for training systems integrators, while other vendors from Microsoft to Google to Oracle and a laundry list of others continued to build out their government IT and services businesses.
Then in July, the General Services Administration began collecting input on how to shape an initiative that would bring cloud brokerage providers into the government contracting fold. These firms in essence would function like systems integrators to coordinate between a federal agency and a cloud service provider, an effort to streamline the cloud-computing transition that could represent rich opportunities for cloud consultants in the private sector.
Kenneth Corbin is a Washington, D.C.-based writer who covers government and regulatory issues for CIO.com.
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