Reasonable people disagree on the merits of the newly passed government stimulus package. But even those that don't think the $787 billion, 1,071-page bill is big enough to stop the economic swoon still concede it is Big, with a capital "B." What they don't agree on is whether that spending, and the "shovel ready" infrastructure projects it will fund, will create new opportunities for IT solution providers.
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Some think that at least some of the $17 billion earmarked for electronic health record mandates could spark implementation and integration business for VARs in the healthcare vertical. Some say that more pervasive broadband connectivity -- linking homes and businesses in underserved areas -- at least raises the bar and could boost creation of small businesses. Others said the stimulus won't help VARs at all -- unless it calls "for us to bury servers under all those new roads," as one solution provider quipped.
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