Timing the leap from cutting-edge to LPTA technology — GCN


Timing the leap from cutting-edge to LPTA technology

Technology changes fast. So fast that often what was considered leading edge even five years ago is today already a commodity. The rapid evolution from best value to commoditization is a key driver behind the lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) evaluation policy that governs many federal IT purchases.

Solid state and flash drives are a good example. Formerly expensive and selectively used, they are now cheap and ubiquitous. Converged architecture — combining networking, compute and storage into a ready-built blueprint — is an example of more complex systems evolving toward a simplified “single SKU” offering. At first bug-prone and difficult to scalable, converged architectures are now stable, mature and easily integrated into agency IT environments.

So what evolving and emerging technologies should we expect to make the LPTA leap in the next few

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