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Government App Sharing
Taking the risk out of new projects
The Center offers government vendor-assisted individual agency prototyping, or a venue to find other like-minded government agencies to collectively prototype shared systems. If a single government organization or multiple government organizations can't afford a large system all at once, CFGIO vendors can assist them with initial prototyping and then implement production versions in stages to take advantage of agile development methods. Additional components can be added via the Marketplace Bidding System as government clients can afford them.
Vendor-assisted prototyping can improve requirements gathering for complex projects. Prototyping can also greatly increase the accuracy of project estimates and reduce project cost by handling requirements cheaper, more efficiently and building them with higher quality.
Our goal is to give government inexpensive prototypes, collectively sharing the same system if possible, so that government business analysts can experiment in a safe and innovative environment to save money and keep under project reporting thresholds. Project feasibility becomes more tangible and benefits both government and vendors.
Free Student Prototypers
The Center partners with colleges and universities to provide free prototyping services to government. The universities' objective is to provide graduate students with real world software project experience with an emphasis on teamwork, written and oral presentations, ethics and business and industrial projects. Students are typically only available for one semester, for short projects. They may not have specific commercial licenses such as Oracle or Microsoft. If your agency needs specific operating systems, databases or programming languages, you will have to provide them to the students. Students programmers operate under the oversight of their professor and are well suited for feasibility studies. The Center and the students to do not charge any fees.
If projects initiated using student prototypers are determined to be feasible, government agencies have the option of transferring the project to professional developers working under CFGIO oversight.
Higher education computer science, information science, and engineering departments interested in participating in our program are encouraged to contact us. Educational institutions offering student prototypers are listed in the table below.
Professional Software Development Company Prototypers
Commercial vendors are able to handle, large, long term projects and have the capability to convert prototypes into full production, working systems. The Center provides oversight for these projects and coordinates data integration and interoperability analysis.
The Center encourages multiple government agencies to apply together for multi-tenant or other types of shared projects
To get started, send us an email describing your idea and we will post it on our site where other government agencies interested in the same software system can find it and CFGIO vendors can submit bids for it.
In a separate program, the Center maintains a Free Meeting Place program that enables government organizations to find each other, meet and create or share system building or prototyping by themselves without vendors.
Government Agencies Seeking
Approved Prototyping Software Developers