State & Local Government Cloud Commission (SLG-CC)

On February 16, the TechAmerica Foundation released the final report and recommendations from the State and Local Government Cloud Commission (SLG-CC).

Launched in October 2011, the Commission was powerful collaboration between 38 leading technology companies and 12 Government Advisors.  The Commission developed recommendations in three areas related to SLG cloud adoption, covering critical technical, implementation and acquisition issues.   In addition, the report delved into key trends and issues in the state and local government space and identified use cases and case studies in cloud deployment.

To download the complete report, please visit: http://www.techamericafoundation.org/slg-cc-download
The report’s Foreword and Executive Summary section is available here:  http://www.techamerica.org/Docs/TAF_SLG_CC_summary.pdf

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

The launch press release is available here.

Key quotes:

“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.

“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.

“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.”

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