Shortly after the official launch of the GSA cloud storefront Apps.gov, vendors that feature multiple times in the business and productivity application sections of the web site have leveraged their position.
Salesforce.com issued a press release about its inclusion in Apps.gov, while Google announced Google Public Sector, a directory of existing Google offerings packaged with information that speak to a public sector audience. As reported by Infoworld yesterday, in conjunction with the Apps.gov launch, Google also announced the availability of cloud services designed specifically for US government agencies earlier next year (by when it aims at getting the required FISMA certification) – see also Google’s announcement on their blog.
As a side issue, I tried the new PublicSector page in other countries too. In the UK and in Australia, the page is pretty much the same as in the US, whereas elsewhere- such as Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Canada - it is a different version (and not in the local language), with a few broken links on the lefthand side. I wonder whether this is a reflection of how Google sees the government market maturity for its offering,
I expect players like Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and others to move rapidly in this space to establish their role as cloud application service providers. How ready federal clients are to embrace these new models for mission-critical applications remains to be determined.
Also, looking at the current plans of the federal administration, I cannot find much about platform as a service. This is key to address application integration in a scenario that becomes more rather than less complicated, with a combination of public and private cloud infrastructure, SaaS and on-premise applications. I am looking forward to seeing where IBM, Microsoft, Tibco and other aPaaS solutions fit into the US feds’ scheme of things.