Joe Paiva: Commerce’s ITA to Outsource Networking, Printing, Device Mgmt Services

shared servicesJoe Paiva, chief information officer of the Commerce Department‘s International Trade Administration, says that he is planning to outsource the agency’s commodity IT functions by July to focus on its internal IT operations, FCW reported Friday.

Mark Rockwell writes that Paiva is considering what he called “extreme” outsourcing of networking, printing and device management operations to third-party vendors to concentrate on big data management to support ITA’s core mission.

Paiva told the publication that ITA will tap contractors as part of its infrastructure-as-a-service plans, such as a telecommunications service provider to deliver LTE wireless data and voice connectivity, a printing contractor that will be paid based on pages printed, and a collaboration-as-a-service provider for email and other Office 365 operations.

ITA plans to release a solicitation for networking and printing services in March as it takes its last locally hosted server offline, the report said.

Rockwell reports that Van Hitch, a former Justice Department CIO and a current adviser at Deloitte, says that as more agencies turn to shared services and strategic sourcing, they should also take measures to ensure security in the contractors’ access to agency data.

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