Want a Government Contract? Invent an Award!

by on May 17, 2011 · 1 comment

Here’s a quick excerpt from an interesting press release sent out over PR Newswire last week—it sounds like someone is angling for a fat government contract:

EMC® announced the 2011 Data Hero Awards winners and finalists

First annual Data Hero Visionary award goes to Vivek Kundra, the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the United States of America

EMC just happens to be huge provider of cloud storage solutions, which they’re actively trying to sell to the public sector, and apparently already have.

Kundra, of course, was honored:

I’m truly honored to be recognized for this 2011 Data Hero visionary award. The modern economy is powered by data and technology. That’s why we strive to find innovative paths to lower government cost, engage citizens and institute radical transparency to bring them closer to their government and to help move us all forward, together.

I really like the way he worked in the bit on “radical transparency.”  It’s not as though if you say something enough, it magically changes reality, but that doesn’t stop the flow of awards.

Be on the lookout for an EMC press release involving a massive federal government cloud computing project.

  • https://creativecommons.net/ghelleks/ Gunnar Hellekson

    I think you’re overstating the value of the award, which is a marketing exercise, and the ability of the CIO to allocate money to specific vendors.

    It’s worth mentioning that EMC owns VMware, which has benefitted much more specifically from the “Cloud First” policy than EMC’s storage business. But even so, EMC and VMware were both were very, very well adopted by the government before this award.

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