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Dell's George Newstrom Charts Govt, Enterprise IT Evolution

"Third Platform" Primed to Help Grow Capabilities, He says

George Newstrom, Dell executive director and general manager for the federal government defense and national security business, has penned an article for the company's official corporate blog on what he calls the "third platform" of technologies as he charts the evolution of information technology.

Platform one saw mainframes and terminals hit the market and Newstrom writes this development helped government and other industry end users access thousands of applications, reaching millions of end users.

Many places are in the second platform of client and server offerings, which started nearly 25 years ago according to Newstrom.

The second platform led to PCs and Internet access for the masses and grew computing's reach to hundreds of millions of people that now could access tens of thousands of applications, Newstrom writes.

Newstrom puts IT's current phase in between platforms two and three, with the third platform bringing rapid growth of "disruptive" information technology such as mobile devices, cloud computing and tools for big data and analytics.

Now, Newstrom estimates there are now billions of end users and millions of available applications with new apps and services being built on top of third platform technologies.

Citing an IDC poll of public sector IT professionals at all levels of government, Newstrom writes nearly a quarter believe their organization intends to own their own cloud computing environment and creating more storage capacity was lower on their list of priorities.

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Tim was born and raised in Washington, DC and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business-Journalism from Washington and Lee University and a certificate in budgeting and finance from Georgetown University's School of Continuing Professional Education.

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