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Global spending on cloud computing is growing at 4.5 times the rate of IT spending since 2009. Moreover, it’s expected to grow at more than six times the rate of IT spending from 2015 through 2020, Forbes reported in April. Looking ahead, the research company Gartner Inc. predicts the worldwide public cloud services market will grow 18% in 2017 to more than $246.8 billion.

U.S. government agencies have lived with outdated and siloed IT infrastructure for many years, often resulting in less than efficient operations. However, technology continues to transform how government streamlines its operations. As the public sector becomes increasingly data-driven, the need for more storage to capture data for internal assessments grows, as does the necessity of government transparency.

When it comes to the public sector, the demand for cloud computing services has increased dramatically and there’s no letup in sight.

Amazon Web Services Announces New AWS GovCloud East Region

In the Seattle area, cloud is huge. The region is often referred to as the world capital of cloud computing, or as Matt Day writes for the Seattle Times, ‘Cloud City’.  Tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon have deep roots in the region and Silicon Valley titans like Google have opened cloud engineering offices thanks to their deep pools of skilled developer talent.

A notable development in the area of public sector cloud comes from Seattle’s Amazon Web Services (AWS), which recently announced its second government cloud computing region. The company said the upcoming AWS GovCloud East Region, expected to open in 2018, will give government entities added redundancy, data durability and resiliency. It will also provide additional options for disaster recovery.

Like the existing West Region, the East region will be isolated and meet top U.S. Government compliance requirements.

3 Examples of Recent Cloud Computing Contracts and Awards in the Pacific Northwest

Local governments in the Pacific Northwest, such as the City of Seattle and King County, are reaching out to information technology vendors with cloud related contracting opportunities. Here are 3 recent examples of bidding opportunities and awards related to cloud implementations, data management and IT:

1

City of Seattle and King County

Between May 2016 and 2017, the City of Seattle and King County awarded 325 contracts related to information management, database development and network set-up and software. The majority of awards’ values ranged between $25,000 and $100,000.

2

King County

In 2016, King County awarded Mark43 Inc. a contract for a cloud-based law enforcement record management system.

3

City of Redmond

The City of Redmond is procuring consulting services to refresh its Information Technology Strategic Plan. The city wants to split its Information Services Division from its Finance Department and create a new department. The intent is to put a greater focus on opportunities to improve service to the Redmond community through technology.

Tracking Upcoming Puget Sound Agency Technology Investments

Before investing hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars, and sometimes millions in new information infrastructure, government officials seek vendor assistance well before a bid hits the street. This allows officials to leverage the expertise of the private sector to help them plan their approach and ensure the best value with a well-written contract. For vendors pursuing these contracts, getting ahead of the bid and offering a consultative approach with public sector customers is a proven strategy that can increase your chances of winning the final contract.

Here are two examples captured in Onvia’s B2G Intelligence System of Puget Sound area agencies that are currently planning to invest in IT infrastructure:

1

City of Kirkland

The City of Kirkland issued an RFP in June 2017 to develop a five-year information technology strategic plan. Officials want vendor assistance to help them understand how to improve the balance between demand for more and better technology and available IT resources, capital, and operating funds.

2

King County Department of Community and Human Services

As part of a capital improvement plan, the King County Department of Community and Human Services plans to spend $2.7 million for developing data integration with a cloud-based network for the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office is looking for project management services and developers as they determine the cost and related resources to shift from one data management system to a new system. Officials want information on the security requirements and whether it will run on AWS GovCloud.

In the coming years, the public sector demand for cloud computing services will continue to increase as agencies across the country continue to transition from legacy systems and adopt data-driven approaches to governance.

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