Cloud Computing Could Save the Federal Government Billions of Dollars

Government and Industry experts to speak out at National Press Club, Tuesday, March 29

Mar 08, 2011, 08:00 ET from Don Dickson

SARASOTA, Fla., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal agencies are likely to experience major cuts in their budgets for the next several years, but there is one area where cost savings can be made and which would result in significant increased efficiencies: cloud computing.

The U.S. government is the world's largest consumer of information technology (IT), spending more than $76 billion annually on more than 10,000 different systems – more than $600 billion over the past decade. Fragmentation of systems, poor project execution, and the drag of legacy technology in the federal government have presented barriers to achieving the productivity and performance gains found when technology is deployed effectively in the private sectors.

The Obama Administration has asked all agencies to look to cloud computing to cut costs and solve many of the problems that have plagued government IT deployment for decades. However, that poses many issues for senior government IT managers - from developing business case analysis to which standards to adopt and which best practices to follow.

The answers to all these questions will be addressed by leading government and industry experts at an event at the National Press Club on Tuesday, March 29 from 8:30am to 11am. The briefing starts at 9am.

Speakers will include:

Dawn Leaf, NIST Senior Executive for Cloud Computing – Confirmed

Jerry Smith, Office of DoD Executive Agent for IT Standards - Confirmed

Brand Niemann, Director, Semantic Community and former Senior Enterprise Architect and Data Scientist, U.S. EPA. – Confirmed

Kevin Jackson, Director, Cloud Services at NJVC, and author of a new book, GovCloud: CloudComputing for the Business of Government– Confirmed

Bob Gourley, Founder/Author CTO Vision and Former DIA CTO - Confirmed

Subjects to be addressed include:

  • Current status of government Cloud initiatives – lessons learned
  • Confusion over standards in place and still being defined
  • Future plans and opportunities
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Commercial initiatives, where they are heading and how the government could befit from them

GovCloud: Cloud Computing for the Business of Government, is published by Government Training Inc.

Please contact Don Dickson for review copies.

For more information or to reserve your place at the briefing, please contact:

Don Dickson, Government Training Inc. 301-455-5633

SOURCE Don Dickson