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Department of Defense

Software as a service and centralized license management

The government should look into the cost savings of utilizing software as a service (SaaS) and volume licensing for software used governemnt wide. The amount of duplicative effort and resources consumed is ridiculous. In regards to SaaS, the quantity of licenses required would be less, because you don't have a full workforce everyday. furthermore, a there are a lot of users that don't use every application on their... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Government app store

I am a big believer that technology enhances everything we do and because technology is evolving so extremely quickly these days, the government needs to be using these tools to streamline our processes. After becoming a federal employee, I was shocked to learn that not only does it sometimes take months to get new software and hardware approved, but that the same software had already been approved for other agencies.... more »

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Department of Defense

Eliminate Brand Name Software in Favor of Open Standards SW

There is no need to spend top dollar on software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Professional for every employee when there are lower cost (even free) alternatives out there that will satisfy the needs of 90%+ of users. For example: MIcrosoft Office - why do all employees need the full suite purchased when all they need is Word or Excel? Dump the cost and go with OpenOffice or IBM Symphony (free). Adobe... more »

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Department of Energy

Commercial Engineering/Scientific Software License Consolidation

I suggest that commercial engineering/scientific software licenses be consolidated. It is common to purchase commercial software licenses using government or customer funding, even though the software is already available in-house or at other government organizations. The idea is to reduce costs and improve workforce productivity associated with the acquisition, maintenance, use, availability, and support of common commercial... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Save Money on Software Licenses

I believe that the government could save a bundle if they didn't buy Microsoft Office Products and Licenses. There are so many products available now that are free to use. WordPad comes equipped on every computer, and then there are free downloadable programs such as Prezi, which could replace PowerPoint.

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Department of Defense

SAAS, Use it! Just like you did with ideascale!

The government has become uncomfortable with the concepts of IT risk, we rarely develop tools in house and we are all to comfortable to pay contractors to develop something that we then pay them to sustain. The incentives are wrong, we lock ourselves in with software organizations and large contractor software development houses. Use smaller, leaner organizations that approach a single problem and solve it well, stop... more »

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Department of Defense

TechNet Accounts

Instead of updating each computer with its own copy of software, why not work a deal with Microsoft to have a TechNet account so all software is available to every user. Plus, established trust relationships for downloads off thier website would be awesome as well, because, it's microsoft!

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Department of Defense

Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing) We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay... more »

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Department of Justice

Eliminate Duplicate Software tools (MS Word or Wordperfect

I was appalled to find out on my first day that every DOJ computer comes equipped with two software packages that do almost the exact same thing (MS Word and Wordperfect). I don't care which one we select, but I think spending millions on both sets of licensing fees for such similar software is extremely wasteful.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Reduce software expenses with open source software and standards

Currently, the U.S. government spends in excess of $1 billion annually to license software -- software that produces documents that are difficult to access after a few years because the new version of the software often doesn't work with the older documents. Since the document formats are proprietary, we have no way to access these documents other than by maintaining the unsupported older software. This has made transparency... more »

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