Since May 2016, DIUx has completed 21 contracts using other transaction (OT) authority and the average time is 78 days, Shah said at the New America Foundation Future of War summit in Washington.
The mission of DIUx, he said, “is to do agile culture change.…We are never going to be the acquisition arm of the Department of Defense, we’re not the R&D arm of the department.”
DIUx has so far comprised $42 million in program funding, which Shah characterized as a “rounding error of a rounding error” of the DOD budget.
Hey, they’re trying over there in the government. It ain’t easy. I’ve meet with some of the folks there and they sure seem genuine about fixing things up and curious to work closer with the civilian IT world.
When I meet with military people they use the word “agile” over and over: meaning, they’re incredibly interested in modernizing. It’s just the tiny matter of figuring out how to get from here to there.
It’s been a name-your-own-price market for canny buyers of IBM and compatible mainframes for some time now, but according to the Wall Street Journal, Amdahl Corp is making it easy for even the meekest DP manager to turn into a hard bargainer: it is giving big computer buyers an Amdahl coffee mug and telling them it’s worth $1m if they just leave it on their desk when their IBM salesman comes to call.
Source: THE AMDAHL COFFEE MUG EFFECT – Computer Business Review
Things could be a lot worse. Like I could be in this meeting instead.
So says a recent survey of 155 IT buyers. Also, this depressing note for people who like innovation:
Ranking on the low end of priorities are features that get a lot of attention in the market for their razzle-dazzle but apparently aren’t very interesting yet in the real world. Those include the ability for multiple users to simultaneously co-edit documents, which is a big Google Docs feature, and mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, which indicates there isn’t a lot of interest in using office suites with tablets just yet.
1/5 of surveyed IT buyers using cloud office suites
It is usually considered a printing programmable calculator or desktop calculator because three years later the Hewlett-Packard 9100A, a model that took inspiration from the P101, was advertised by HP as a “portable calculator”, in order to be able to overcome the fears of computers and be able to sell it to corporations without passing through the corporate computer department.
Trying to avoid procurement since 1968