I heard a radio ad today for Google Federal. It sounded like every other “please, government IT purchasing person, buy our stuff” ad that you hear on news radio in Washington DC. It was a far cry from the sort of ad that one expects to hear from Google, and to hear a federal-targeted ad from them, period, was sort of fascinating.
The Federal government can still afford stuff (and is probably one of the few bright spots in purchasing this year, period). It’s the states that are screwed, and seriously thinking about alternatives to traditional IT.