Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Confusion Over ARRA Funding

Posted by Mark Brousseau

A Dell survey of 662 public-sector IT professionals indicates a need for clearer, more customized information related to the flow and impact of American Recovery and Re-Investment Act (ARRA) funds. The survey results also suggest mounting IT challenges among public-sector healthcare and government organizations. Among the findings of the survey:

... 79% of public-sector IT professionals indicated they don’t have enough visibility or are only somewhat aware of the impact and flow of ARRA funds on their organizations.

... 78% said ARRA-related information is non-existent, too generic or not understandable and that tailored tools are needed to better navigate the recovery package.

... Higher education IT professionals rank resources as largest IT-related impediment to modernizing America’s educational institutions.

... Federal, state and local government IT professionals said a lack of standards, budgets and resources for IT deployment and management each has a “high impact” on infrastructure modernization.

... Healthcare IT professionals indicated that budgets, interoperability and disparate networks are the “largest IT impediments” to modernizing America’s healthcare system.

Frank Muehleman, vice president and general manager, Dell North America Public Business Group, noted that Dell sees three consistent themes from customers who want to use the ARRA to invest in IT: they want cost and energy efficiency, they demand transparency, and they are focused on IT that is simple to deploy and manage.

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