Welcome!

Recurring Revenue Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Sujoy Sen, JP Morgenthal, Pat Romanski

News Feed Item

Leading Cloud Thinkers to Government: Cloud Is Imperative for Better Collaboration, Better Service and Better Cost

TechAmerica Foundation Provides Comprehensive Guide on Cloud Computing for State and Local Governments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/16/12 -- The TechAmerica Foundation today released the highly anticipated recommendations from the State and Local Government Cloud Commission (SLG-CC) that will assist state and local governments in navigating the adoption of cloud computing. The roadmap is designed for state and local officials who seek to deliver better service and cost savings to their constituents. This practical guidance and set of recommendations comes from the leading thinkers on cloud computing.

"Businesses and institutions across the nation have transformed their IT using the cloud, improving their ability to communicate, deliver value, and be competitive. Now is the time for these benefits to accrue to state and local governments as well. What's been missing is a playbook -- and we're delivering that, based on a unique and powerful collaboration of 38 leading technology companies to create better collaboration within and between government agencies; resulting in better services and costs to governments and citizens," said Tarkan Maner, Commission Chair and President and CEO of Wyse Technology.

In addition to the report, the Commission is today unveiling a portal (www.cloud4slg.org) that will capture and share leading practices and emerging trends as cloud computing deployment advances in states and localities.

"This report is just the beginning of this conversation. What these Commissioners, these government advisors and the Foundation hope to achieve is to provide a forum for ongoing dialogue about how cloud computing can help governments respond to the needs of citizens," said Jennifer Kerber, President of the TechAmerica Foundation.

Ms. Kerber went on to explain that the SLG cloud community portal will create a knowledge framework for cloud computing and will be the catalyst for further collaboration and idea exchange.

"Cloud computing is a win-win for governments, for citizens, and for the economy as a whole. It takes the technical complexity out of the hands of an already overworked government IT department while at the same time improving services for citizens," said Gavin Newsom, California Lt. Governor.

"State and local governments are going to be asked to do more with less in coming years," said Dugan Petty, CIO of the State of Oregon and President of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). "Cloud adoption will support state CIOs in transforming business operations and IT delivery -- and in driving significant cost savings. Deputy State CIO Sean McSpaden and I are pleased to have contributed ideas and case examples to the SLG-CC's report and web portal. We believe those resources will increase information exchange between governments and industry, which can lead to better cloud deployment outcomes."

Key Facts & Recommendations

TechAmerica Foundation's SLG Cloud Commission examined key aspects of cloud adoption for state and local government and developed recommendations in three areas related to the cloud: technical, implementation and acquisition issues. To download the complete report, please visit: http://www.techamericafoundation.org/slg-cc-download

Understanding the Technology for Cloud Computing -- In this section, the report addresses the major technical issues to consider when migrating to a cloud computing environment. Sample recommendations on cloud technologies include:

  • Selecting the right deployment and service models should be a primary consideration;

  • Authentication must be managed across all cloud environments;

  • Cloud environments should include identity management and related user protection capabilities; and

  • Encourage cloud providers to limit the use of proprietary tools and storage platforms.

Implementing the Cloud -- The SLG-CC report proposes a four-stage management structure for transition to cloud. Our recommendations include:

  • Create a multiphase strategy for cloud computing adoption and deployment;

  • Build an inventory of applications to be moved to the cloud;

  • Analyze process and financial impacts, gaps, efficiencies; and

  • Determine how cloud computing will impact current technical operations and architecture considerations.

Acquiring the Cloud -- After deciding to move to the cloud, officials will need to know how to best procure cloud solutions. In this section, we examine cloud procurement vehicles, business models, funding streams and contractual terms. Key recommendations are:

  • We recommend that States create a state RFP/contract vehicle specifically tailored for cloud computing and/or cloud services. This contract vehicle needs to be available for use by local governments in that state including libraries, special districts, school districts, public colleges and universities;

  • When using an existing, non-cloud specific procurement vehicle, use terms and conditions specific to cloud services; and

  • Develop and require specific terms and conditions for data portability, records management, security and privacy, and SLAs.

The recommendations from the SLG-CC are a continuation of the TechAmerica Foundation's leadership on cloud deployment both within the U.S. and around the world. In July, the Foundation delivered a blueprint for the federal government's adoption of cloud computing, which aimed to further the Obama Administration's cloud-first strategy for government technology and for driving U.S. commercial leadership and innovation in the cloud. For more information on the Foundation's cloud work please visit: www.techamericafoundation.org

The Commission's report is the result of a unique and powerful collaboration between representatives of 38 leading technology companies and a dozen leading government officials: 42six Solutions; 8x8, Inc.; ACS, A Xerox Company; AT&T; Brocade; CA Technologies; Capgemini Government Solutions; CGI; Cisco; Cognizant Technology Solutions; Dell; Deloitte Consulting LLP; EMC Corporation; Google; Grant Thornton; GTSI; Harris Corporation; HP; IBM; Infosys Public Services; Intel Corporation; KPMG; Lockheed Martin; Microsoft; Morphlabs; nCircle; Oracle Corporation; Panasonic System Networks; SAIC; SAP AG; Symantec Corporation; Syntel; TransLattice, Inc.; Trend Micro; Unisys Corporation; Verizon; Virtustream; and Wyse Technology.

About TechAmerica Foundation
TechAmerica Foundation educates industry executives, policy makers and opinion leaders on the promise of technological innovation to advance prosperity, security and the general welfare. Launched in 1981, the Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, which is the leading voice and resource for the U.S. technology industry. The Foundation disseminates award-winning industry, policy and market research covering topics such as U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, innovation in government, and other areas of national interest. It also organizes conferences and seminars to explore pertinent issues with government and industry representatives and to share the Foundation's findings. Learn more about TechAmerica Foundation at www.techamericafoundation.org.

Contact:
Stephanie Craig
202-682-4443
Email Contact

Mary Ellen Ynes
650-759-8836
Email Contact

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@ThingsExpo Stories
IoT is fundamentally transforming the auto industry, turning the vehicle into a hub for connected services, including safety, infotainment and usage-based insurance. Auto manufacturers – and businesses across all verticals – have built an entire ecosystem around the Connected Car, creating new customer touch points and revenue streams. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Macario Namie, Head of IoT Strategy at Cisco Jasper, will share real-world examples of how IoT transforms the car from a static p...
There is little doubt that Big Data solutions will have an increasing role in the Enterprise IT mainstream over time. Big Data at Cloud Expo - to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - has announced its Call for Papers is open. Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is...
If you had a chance to enter on the ground level of the largest e-commerce market in the world – would you? China is the world’s most populated country with the second largest economy and the world’s fastest growing market. It is estimated that by 2018 the Chinese market will be reaching over $30 billion in gaming revenue alone. Admittedly for a foreign company, doing business in China can be challenging. Often changing laws, administrative regulations and the often inscrutable Chinese Interne...
Complete Internet of Things (IoT) embedded device security is not just about the device but involves the entire product’s identity, data and control integrity, and services traversing the cloud. A device can no longer be looked at as an island; it is a part of a system. In fact, given the cross-domain interactions enabled by IoT it could be a part of many systems. Also, depending on where the device is deployed, for example, in the office building versus a factory floor or oil field, security ha...
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 19th Cloud Expo and 6th @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Interne...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
SYS-CON Events announced today that China Unicom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established in 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. China Unicom mainly operates a full range of telecommunications services including mobile broadband (GSM, WCDMA, LTE F...
"My role is working with customers, helping them go through this digital transformation. I spend a lot of time talking to banks, big industries, manufacturers working through how they are integrating and transforming their IT platforms and moving them forward," explained William Morrish, General Manager Product Sales at Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Video experiences should be unique and exciting! But that doesn’t mean you need to patch all the pieces yourself. Users demand rich and engaging experiences and new ways to connect with you. But creating robust video applications at scale can be complicated, time-consuming and expensive. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Zohar Babin, Vice President of Platform, Ecosystem and Community at Kaltura, will discuss how VPaaS enables you to move fast, creating scalable video experiences that reach your...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life sett...
Is your aging software platform suffering from technical debt while the market changes and demands new solutions at a faster clip? It’s a bold move, but you might consider walking away from your core platform and starting fresh. ReadyTalk did exactly that. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, will discuss why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and over a decade of audio conferencing product development to start an innovati...
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
“We're a global managed hosting provider. Our core customer set is a U.S.-based customer that is looking to go global,” explained Adam Rogers, Managing Director at ANEXIA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
The vision of a connected smart home is becoming reality with the application of integrated wireless technologies in devices and appliances. The use of standardized and TCP/IP networked wireless technologies in line-powered and battery operated sensors and controls has led to the adoption of radios in the 2.4GHz band, including Wi-Fi, BT/BLE and 802.15.4 applied ZigBee and Thread. This is driving the need for robust wireless coexistence for multiple radios to ensure throughput performance and th...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform moder...
Fifty billion connected devices and still no winning protocols standards. HTTP, WebSockets, MQTT, and CoAP seem to be leading in the IoT protocol race at the moment but many more protocols are getting introduced on a regular basis. Each protocol has its pros and cons depending on the nature of the communications. Does there really need to be only one protocol to rule them all? Of course not. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, walk you through how Oct...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CDS Global Cloud, an Infrastructure as a Service provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CDS Global Cloud is an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) provider specializing in solutions for e-commerce, internet gaming, online education and other internet applications. With a growing number of data centers and network points around the world, ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that LeaseWeb USA, a cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LeaseWeb is one of the world's largest hosting brands. The company helps customers define, develop and deploy IT infrastructure tailored to their exact business needs, by combining various kinds cloud solutions.
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, discussed the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to focus...