US Central Intelligence Agency To Software Vendors: A Revolution Is On Its Way

Posted on Feb 22 2012 - 10:01am by Editorial Staff

We always or at least most of the time wonders that how the government organizations worked with software companies – in one of its sounding like a new first time thing – the US Central Intelligence Agency told software vendors that it plans to revolutionize the way it does business in order to keep up the “current faster” pace of technology advancement – instead of emphasising on the traditional “enterprise licensing agreements” way.

Ira Hunt, the agency’s top technology officer, told an industry conference, “Think Amazon,” referring to the electronic commerce giant where the inventory is vast but the billing is per item. “That model really works.” He added that this made it harder to keep up with “big data” at a time that such challenges are growing while federal agencies are tightening their belts for deficit reduction.

Earlier in the day, deputy assistant secretary of defense for research, Reginald Brothers, stated that the existing software tools for data analysis, management and interaction lagged the vast amounts of information that drones and other high-tech U.S. military sensors were vacuuming up. “The big data problem is the analysis of it,” he said. Existing tools “do not aid users … in the mission timelines.”

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