MySQL in Government

Governments have embraced open source software to do the seemingly impossible: improve and expand services while cutting costs. By enabling organizations to reduce their Total Cost of Ownership by over 90%, open source software allowed these organizations to stretch their budgets further. At the same time, governments adopted modern open source technologies and open data policies to make it easier and faster for agencies to develop applications that deliver high quality services to their constituents.

Today, with the onslaught of security attacks, governments face a new set of challenges and a broader set of priorities has emerged:

  • Cybersecurity - Protecting government information and networks from cybersecurity threats is the #1 priority.
  • IT Modernization - CIOs continued to emphasize the need to rationalize and modernize applications, reduce network footprint and migrate to the cloud.
  • Moving to the Cloud - Federal CIOs see the benefits associated with cloud migration such as faster application delivery, easier addition of services, improved customer service, and cost savings.
  • Talent Challenge - CIOs identified recruiting and retaining talent as a top priority.

Open Source in Government

Governments have taken the initiative to adopt an open source strategy in order to reduce costs, improve government data sharing, and return value to taxpayers. Not only are governments consumers of open source software but many projects are being contributed back to the open source community.

Governments worldwide as well as US federal, state and local governments are choosing MySQL as a cost-effective and easy to use solution to manage their data and develop new innovative applications. MySQL provides the following unique capabilities that make it the world's most popular open source database:

  • Reduce Database TCO by 90% - MySQL Enterprise Edition delivers 90% TCO savings over proprietary alternatives like Microsoft and Sybase.
  • Build modern web and cloud applications - MySQL is used by the world's most innovative companies including Facebook, Twitter, Tesla, Netflix and many more who run their business critical applications in the cloud.
  • MySQL Enterprise Security - MySQL Enterprise Edition includes the most comprehensive set of advanced security features, to protect data and information.
  • Huge Community of Developers & DBAs - With a community of millions of open source developers and DBAs, governments have access to a talented resource pool.
  • MySQL is Ubiquitous in the Cloud - The worlds leading SaaS companies including ServiceNow, Zendesk, and Hubspot rely on MySQL to run business critical application.
  • Oracle MySQL Cloud Service - Provides a simple, automated, enterprise ready cloud service to deploy applications in the cloud using MySQL Enterprise Edition

MySQL Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG)

The Department of Defense (DoD) approves and publishes the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) for MySQL Enterprise Edition 8.0. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) evaluated MySQL Enterprise Edition against stringent DoD's security requirements. The resulting guide for MySQL Enterprise Edition provides comprehensive steps towards meeting security requirements for government systems.

MySQL in Government Applications

IT Dashboard

IT Dashboard is the product of the Federal CIO's vision for a tool provides transparency into the performance and management of public sector IT investments. IT Dashboard tracks over $76 billion in federal IT spending.

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opengov Foundation

The opengov foundation develops Madison, a new online collaborative legislative bill editing tool enables users to review and mark up a given bill before its introduced or while they're pending in Congress, and leave comments to justify the reasons for changes and amendments.

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Federal Register

The Federal Register is the official journal of the federal government of the United States that contains publications and public notices of government agencies. Federal Register 2.0, developed with free, open-source software, makes federal regulatory information available to the public in a web newspaper format.

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