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MeriTalk Survey Examines Potential Benefits, Barriers of Shared Services to Agencies

cloudA new MeriTalk survey says that a majority of federal technology leaders believe shared services should be an integral part of an enterprise’s IT initiative, FCW reported Tuesday.

Frank Konkel writes the “Shared Services: Ready or Not?” study noted that nine out of 10 respondents see cloud computing as helping open up attitudes toward shared services adoption.

The respondents, comprising of IT professionals from civilian (76 percent) and defense and intelligence agencies (24 percent), estimated the government could save $28 billion per year from shared services, or about 34 percent of the total federal IT budget.

Culture and security were cited as top barriers to bolstered shared services, according to the report.

Fifty-three percent of feds use shared services now, while 44 percent offer the service to other agencies, FCW reports.

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