Business is waiting in the wings

On paper, it seems like a no-brainer opportunity. There's a mandate from the Office of Management and Budget. There's a new technology that holds the promise of better and faster applications. And systems integrators are the best ones to help agencies implement the new technology.

But in the case of IP Version 6, paper and reality don't quite mix.

As Brad Grimes explains in this issue's cover story, IPv6 activity among agencies and the opportunities for systems integrators are sporadic.

OMB set a June 2008 deadline for agencies to make their backbone networks IPv6-capable, but no money is earmarked for the transition. To paraphrase one executive, there's not much of a stick, and there's no carrot.

Many agencies are lagging in developing transition plans and creating inventories of their infrastructure. Most of the activity is coming from agencies that can see the potential benefits of IPv6. The Federal Aviation Administration, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are among the leaders, in addition to the Defense Department.

Driving their activity is the desire and need to move massive amounts of data, and IPv6 will enable the required bandwidth.

For many agencies, there will be few, if any, IPv6-specific contracts; much of the IPv6 work will be done through technology refresh clauses.

Successful integrators need to bring the imagination and innovation to help their customers see the potential of IPv6.

As Walt Grabowski of SI International Inc. told Grimes: "The real opportunities will occur to those agencies and integrators who see the future applications."

About the Author

Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close
SEARCH
contracts DB

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Read More

  • Is SBA MIA on contractor fraud? Nick Wakeman

    Editor Nick Wakeman explores the puzzle of why SBA has been so silent on the latest contractor fraud scandal when it has been so quick to act in other cases. Read More

Webcasts

  • How Do You Support the Project Lifecycle?

    How do best-in-class project-based companies create and actively mature successful organizations? They find the right mix of people, processes and tools that enable them to effectively manage the project lifecycle. REGISTER for this webinar to hear how properly managing the cycle of capture, bid, accounting, execution, IPM and analysis will allow you to better manage your programs to stay on scope, schedule and budget. Learn More!

  • Sequestration, LPTA and the Top 100

    Join Washington Technology’s Editor-in-Chief Nick Wakeman as he analyzes the annual Top 100 list and reveals critical insights into how market trends have impacted its composition. You'll learn what movements of individual companies means and how the market overall is being impacted by the current budget environment, how the Top 100 rankings reflect the major trends in the market today and how the biggest companies in the market are adapting to today’s competitive environment. Learn More!