CIA to software vendors: A revolution is coming| Reuters
"Rather than stick with traditional all-you-can-eat deals known as ‘enterprise licensing agreements,’ the CIA wants to buy software services on a ‘metered,’ pay-as-you-go basis, Ira “Gus” Hunt, the agency’s top technology officer, told an industry conference.
'Think Amazon,' he said, referring to the electronic commerce giant where the inventory is vast but the billing is per item. 'That model really works.'”
This is truly shocking. Never would I have expected for the CIA to say or do anything supporting SaaS. Security is an enormous issue with cloud computing so the CIA even considering it is completely out of the blue. It will interesting to see what system they implement to avoid the security concerns, the fact that the article doesn’t so much as mention SaaS I feel shows they might be thinking of a different kind of technology. However you really don’t gain much of a benefit if you are still dealing with physical software so I don’t know how they will avoid the cloud with this one.