Georgia outsources IT work

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ATLANTA - Georgia has awarded a pair of big computer contracts to IBM and AT&T.

The outsourcing is expected to save the state $180 million over several years. Ninety-two Georgia Technology Authority workers will lose their jobs under the plan.

One eight-year, $873 million contract was awarded to IBM and a second five-year $346 million contract went to AT&T. Each was the sole bidder.

Gov. Sonny Perdue said Thursday that the state's existing system information technology system wasn't reliable and that state data was at risk.

An independent assessment of the state's IT system last year uncovererd aging infrastructure, little coordination of spending and problems in disaster recovery.

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DonH 11/21/08 - 09:03 am
With the cost of maintaining

With the cost of maintaining an IT infrastructureand IT specialists these days, the state has made a wise choice. The state is not completely out of the IT maintenance picture, however. Now, the state needs to maintain a data security watch to insure information security integrity.

mable8 11/21/08 - 05:35 pm
Both IBM and ATT outsource to

Both IBM and ATT outsource to India and other foreign countries. The State has an obligation to assure that these contracts go to AMERICAN CITIZENS AND NOT TO FOREIGNERS. More jobs are now down the drain;; India is getting richer while the Americans are getting poorer. There should be a FEDERAL LAW that makes it illegal to outsource our jobs to foreign countries, especially where the government is concerned. Perdue, you are a disgrace to the State of Georgia and the United States.

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