With an extra $143 billion allocated by Congress in April, the end of the fiscal year gains a new dimension: many agencies are finding extra budget that must be spent by September 30. That means the annual buying frenzy is compounded by the need to make good decisions on how to best use the taxpayers’ money.
For the Government Technology insider podcast, we asked Paul Parker, Chief Technologist – Federal and National Government at SolarWinds, for his views on how best to cope with the end of year rush. Parker has been on both sides of the desk, making buying decisions for the government as well as representing a vendor who delivers software solutions.
His perspective: make sure you’re looking at every opportunity to improve your IT infrastructure. That includes making sure you aren’t just buying things, you’re also contracting the services and maintenance you’ll need to keep the systems running.
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