In 2016, the National Association of State Procurement Officers (NASPO) ValuePoint program put out the largest cooperative bid for cloud solutions to date.
There are 35 states participating, and so far nearly 30 vendors have signed on to provide infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and software-as-a-service solutions through the contract.
It’s a big deal because despite the hype surrounding cloud computing, there’s still a lot of room for government to grow its use of the technology. According to the Center for Digital Government’s* 2016 Digital States Survey, seven states had no public cloud in place at the time of the survey and 17 were working on plans to implement public cloud in the next two years. When it came to private cloud, all of the responding states had some kind of program, but 17 were working on expansions.
Combining the survey data with the list of participants in the NASPO ValuePoint contract, Government Technology has created a list of states that did not have public or private cloud solutions in place as of the 2016 Digital States survey — or were planning cloud expansions — and now have an avenue to buy more cloud services through the cooperative RFP.
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*The Center for Digital Government is owned by e.Republic Inc., which also owns Government Technology magazine.