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Report: Agencies could save billions using platform-as-a-service

Nov. 20, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

Agencies could save $20.5 billion annually by moving software application development to the cloud, according to a report released Wednesday.

By moving to a platform-as-a-service model agencies can cut average project development time by 31 percent, according to a report by public-private IT partnership MeriTalk.

Gunnar Hellekson, the chief technology strategist for the public sector at IT company Red Hat, which sponsored the study, said platform-as-a-service saves agencies time — which translates into huge savings.

“In an era of federal budget cuts and continued belt tightening, this new way of software development and deployment represents a significant opportunity for agencies to be more agile and much more fiscally responsible,” Hellekson said.

MeriTalk also surveyed 153 federal IT executives and found:

■95 percent believe their agency would benefit from platform-as-a-service through reduced costs and improved security.

■Only 12 percent use platform-as-a-service today but 71 percent are considering using the technology.

■Nearly half feel they are missing out on new opportunities because they are “locked” into current contracts.

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