The links below are to a contract, change order and addendum signed
by the State of Oklahoma with CapGemini for IT Services for the state.
This information was obtained through a Freedom of Information Request
under the Oklahoma open records law.
I will write more about this after I finish reading it - but when I
got to the top of page 21 (Adobe pdf page) of the contract which was the
CapGemini proposal, Scope of Work, it stopped me in my tracks.
I am sending this information out now because even if I find nothing
else in this contract, this is a hot item that can't wait.
For you non-technical types, what this means
is that the State of Oklahoma is giving back door access to all of their
state data to a foreign corporation (CapGemini) and they are using a
product that was developed and maintained in COMMUNIST China.
Oklahoma-CapGemini Contract for IT Services
"to automate the collection of 16 agencies reflects an increase from the
originally proposed 10 agency /locations. The State of Oklahoma
will provide Capgemini and BDNA resources secure, remote VPN access to
the State agencies identified for automated data collection when it is
available. If VPN access is not available, Capgemini and BDNA will
be required to physically connect the BDNA tool behind the agency
firewall. Remote access will allow the data to be collected
remotely, increasing efficiency, lowering costs and adding a level of
flexibility to the collection schedule.
What and who are BDNA?
BDNA Maps The IT Genome
Strategy shift moves the company's focus to enrichment of discovery data
through the industry's first, fully comprehensive product database.
specialist BDNA on Wednesday unveiled a new strategy
under which it will focus on enhancing customers' IT
asset discovery data while offering some basic
discovery services for free.
With Microsoft, HP,
and others crowding the market, BDNA VP Amit Golan
said the company's shift to data enhancement
services is driven by the fact that the market for
asset discovery tools has become commoditized.
"It's not a fight we want to
fight anymore," said Golan, in
Instead, BDNA will focus on
adding value to customers'
discovery data by running it
through a massive database
called Technopedia that Golan
described as the industry's
only, fully comprehensive
listing of virtually every IT
product in existence.
database, which includes more
than 800,000 data points on over
200,000 IT hardware and software
products, is constantly updated
by a team of researchers based
Among other things, Technopedia
is designed to ferret out
instances where enterprises may
be unknowingly running multiple
copies of software because the
brand name has changed, the
product was acquired by another
vendor, or versioning systems
That's key as IT shops may be
running afoul of licensing
terms, or losing out on volume
discounts, if they don't know
what they're running. "We are
trying to eliminate the sickness
of IT waste," said Golan, who
likens Technopedia to the Human
Genome Project, under which
scientists mapped out man's
"We've been assembling the
building blocks of IT," said
Golan. Technopedia also includes
information on software and
hardware product version
numbers, upgrades, support
dates, and more. Customers can
access Technopedia and related
services through BDNA's
just-launched IT Genome Center,
which is an online portal.
BDNA will continue to offer its
existing discovery services, but
customers will have free access
to basic, first-level discovery
tools, Golan said.