Is your city app-developer friendly?

Wed, 2013-11-20 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

Anyone familiar with the typical government RFP process knows it favors known entities – established companies with track records. And that can make it tough for the cadres of talented independent app developers out there to break into government work, according to a Government Technology interview with Minh Tran.

Tran is an independent app developer based in Virginia who has had some success working with government jurisdictions around the country. For instance, he developed Fix311, a mobile app used for roadway damage alerts.

But he told GovTech it isn't easy to break into public sector work as a new, small and/or independent developer. Because of that he says budget-strapped governments may be missing out on a cost-effective resource for  IT work.

“I have yet to meet a jurisdiction that offered any special support to independent app developers,” Tran told GovTech. He proposes a dose of flexibility in government processes which could result in a win for both the agencies and the app innovators. His five suggestions outlined in the article include:

      1. Don't underestimate the little guy.
      2. Try it first.
      3. Look at goals, not flashy features.
      4. Consider trending tech over historical tech.
      5. Create a unified, user-friendly RFP process

Click to GovTech for discussion on all five >>

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