GSA looks ahead to updating cloud procurements
- By Mark Hoover
- Feb 11, 2015
The General Services Administration is thinking about new strategies to help agencies with purchasing cloud computing services.
The agency is considering alternative models or solutions for future cloud acquisition contracts as well as processes that may add value to buying cloud services.
GSA currently offers cloud IT services through the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Blanket Purchase Agreement and the Email-as-a-Service (EaaS) BPA.
Officials have ideas for improving the current BPAs, including a need for professional services to help with planning and migration efforts, a comprehensive suite for all cloud products and services, flexibility to keep current with the always-changing technology, and extensive training.
In addition, GSA is asking agencies about the types of contract vehicles they currently use and barriers to acquisitions. GSA is asking industry about how they keep current on technology changes, and their new ideas on services that agencies might need.
GSA released the request for information Feb. 11. Responses are due by March 13.
Mark Hoover is a senior staff writer with Washington Technology. You can contact him at email@example.com, or connect with him on Twitter at @mhooverWT.