Federal IT, A Different World


It was a great November attending both of the Alfresco Summits. If you didn’t attend either one, you missed a great learning experience that was fun at the same time.

One thing that was missing from the events was representation of our Federal customer base. Given the current challenges facing many Federal agencies here in the United States, it wasn’t surprising. There isn’t a lot of traveling going on right now.

As a result, Alfresco bringing that learning experience directly to Washington, DC on January 29th for Content.gov 2014. That is more than hyperbole as we are bringing in our CEO, Doug Dennerline, our Chief Product Officer, Paul Holmes-Higgins, and many others to DC for the event.

Oh, and I’ll be there as well.

The reason I am taking time out to encourage you to come is that the drivers in the Federal marketplace are different than those in the rest of the world. The focus is not on revenue, but on serving constituents effectively and efficiently. Rules and regulations are more than factors in a risk equation, they are absolutes.

If you are trying to solve the Content problem in the Federal space, please come to Content.gov (it’s free) and talk to others facing the same problems. I, and the leadership of Alfresco, want to hear your perspectives on the unique Content challenges facing the Federal space.

It isn’t even a question of whether or not you use Alfresco. We all need to work together to solve this problem.

2 thoughts on “Federal IT, A Different World

  1. Sounds interesting and I will definitely try to come.

    Will you be addressing the issue of who delivers these projects? Because in my experience the challenge is only partly getting the right technology brought to the table, the bulk of the challenge (as recent news events have shown us) is that there are a small number of huge integrators that are very good at winning federal and state business. Actually delivering on time and on budget? Not so good.

    Part of any discussion (IMHO) needs to be how we can get small, specialized, knowledgeable integrators brought on to deliver these projects rather than leave them to the bloated military-industrial complex organizations who have no clue about this space.

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    • Raoul, acquisitions is a much larger issue that we won’t be addressing, officially. Those issues aren’t as bad as it sounds for Content Management as those projects tend to be smaller and small companies are typically brought in to do that work. However, those small partners are typically picked through a “who you know” process and “have you worked at that agency” elimination process.

      Essentially, it is part of a MUCH larger process.

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