The CEOs of four Big Tech companies—Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook—were grilled by House lawmakers yesterday. Democrats slammed the companies for monopoly power and Republicans alleged anti-conservative bias against them.
There’s no doubt the technology industry is awash with money in the Information Age. The question is: Are companies benefitting fairly from it? Big Tech companies have been squashing competitors and using their data to defeat them. Not using some of these companies can feel unavoidable, but government contracts don’t have to be won exclusively by Big Tech. Here are some current IT-related opportunities:
The Montgomery County Public Libraries in Maryland are requesting proposals to, “provide a replacement Integrated Library System (ILS) and provide related installation, data migration, configuration, hosting, and support services.” The system must provide services related to the libraries’circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, system administration, public access catalog, and eCommerce functions. Bids for this opportunity are due August 28.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is seeking bids from entities that can provide voice and data cable installation, relocation, and change, on an as-needed basis for the Department’s offices throughout the state. Qualified contractors may apply to as many of the four geographic regions as they like. Work includes, “cable pathway relocations or installations, cable pulls, cable terminations, installation of racks and cabinets, grounding and bonding, labeling, review and validation of system design, and certification testing.” Bids for this opportunity are due August 20.
Big Tech doesn’t mean they’re the only tech. In fact, governments across the country are looking for small tech companies to fulfill contracts that they’re putting out. Work varies, but whatever your company specializes in, there’s bound to be a contract out there.
About the Author
Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.