The Department of State’s Bureau of Information Resource Management Cloud Program Management Office is looking to determine what capabilities industry can provide for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service (aPaaS) solutions as the agency looks to migrate some legacy applications to the cloud.

State issued a request for information (RFI) as part of market research for its “need of a multi-platform, multi-tenant enterprise capability toolset that will leverage strategic offerings” within the agency.

“[State] needs to modernize existing applications while reducing development timelines to achieve strategic business goals,” says the RFI. “Therefore, [State] is initiating an effort to migrate legacy applications and services from Department owned environments to FedRAMP approved cloud service providers (CSP’s).”

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According to the RFI, aPaaS Cloud Services solution gives State an opportunity to transform its IT portfolio through an ability to purchase a range of IT services in a utility-based model. State can then refocus efforts on evolving IT expenditures, and only pay for IT services consumed rather than buying with a focus on final operational capacity.

“The evaluation of rapid prototyping, test, and deployment tools would help quickly assess the state of the market before deciding if full-scale implementations would be beneficial and/or necessary,” the RFI states. “This approach is intended to help continue to build extensible software that can be deployed, configured, and refined in a short period of time, and by a wide range of skillsets – ‘citizen’ programmers to experienced developers.”

Responses to the RFI are due August 23, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.