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City Moves Forward With Purchase from “Vaporware” Company

The City of Alameda is moving forward with a $205,000 purchase of record management software with Autonomy, a company accused of defrauding Hewlett-Packard, which acquired it.Earlier this week, Alameda City Council gave the go-ahead to a $205,000 expenditure with Autonomy, a software company accused of defrauding Hewlett-Packard to the tune of $8.8 billion with what insiders have called “vaporware.”

Additionally, council approved the recommendation without hearing the names of all three contractors that city staff want to use in the implementation of the technology.

Action Alameda News previously reported that, apart from the $205,000 expenditure with Autonomy, the project calls for some $95,000 to be spent on three consultants’ contracts for design, planning, installation and training. These consultants were not named in the staff report.

Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore pulled the item for discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting, zeroing in on the three consultant contracts.

Assistant City Manager Alex Nguyen explained that $30,000 would be spent with RCS Network Solutions for design and preparatory work in advance of installation, and that $36,000 would be spent with Innovative Computer Solutions to install the software on City of Alameda computers.

Mr. Nguyen did not provide the name of the third contractor to account for the remaining $29,000 of the proposed $95,000 in consultant expenditures.

Nonetheless, council unanimously approved the recommendation.

City Manager John Russo explained, “Our goal is to be as transparent as possible.”

On March 21st, Action Alameda News made a public records request for records pertaining to the selection of Autonomy and the three consultants. The request was acknowledged on March 25th, but to date, the City of Alameda has provided no documents.

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