The government sector is massively investing in technologies like cloud and artificial intelligence, but the question lies, is that the best way to innovate.
Fremont, CA : With these massive efforts comes a gigantic contract, many digitization efforts have been lackluster because of the way procurements are structured. Extensive multibillion-dollar agreements to be done with the same vendor for years means that the government has showcased all their vulnerabilities in one basket, which has resulted in the emergence of issues like integrating and implementing these “innovative” procurements. Doors to legal disputes are opened by these contracts, within other bottlenecks to implementation, which is illustrated best in a legal battle over the Defense Departments Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract.
Big contracts are not recommended for the government for success, and the agencies must invest millions of dollars with the lack of an ability to test the vendor and the technology both. The multiyear contracts allow few options for agile pivoting, for instance, when things don’t work out, and the mission has to change its directions. Smaller acquisitions are more flexible and agile; they also enable increased competition, which leads to better solutions, which has more impact on government agencies. Additionally, when the contracts are narrow at a smaller scale, it eradicates the risk of a protesting vendor, which stops the entire project and pulls you out into the court. Therefore planning a lower acquisition can save the protest headache, which will suck the time and money away from the mission into a wearying process with a side effect of unpleasant headlines.
The incorporation of new technologies and processes require iterating, testing, and taking small steps to construct bigger-scale advancements. In place of making a massive investment and putting pressure on acquisitions to get it right on the very first attempt, small-scale contracts provide room for testing, failure, and growth. Furthermore, a small scale contract can validate a technology, and it works, then it is excellent, and if it doesn’t, then try again quickly with a different solution, and there is no need to testify in front of the congress.
Innovation and digitalization do not have to mean vast implementations of the new technology, having big thinking, but acting small is the foundation the saves money and time, as well as provides better outcomes.
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