July 26, 2011 – IMC's Suresh Shenoy, EVP and Atul Mathur, VP Technology, served as commissioners in the TechAmerica’s Foundation recent release of recommendations from the Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2). The commission of 71 experts from industry and academia collaborated to draw the roadmap for the federal government’s adoption of cloud computing and develop policy recommendations for continuing U.S. leadership in cloud innovation.
“The TechAmerica assignment was an excellent exercise in public-private sector collaboration,” stated Mr. Shenoy. “Adoption of new technologies such as cloud-based shared services requires fundamental changes in how the government plans, funds and acquires products and services while maintaining a level playing field. It will require examination and rationalization of business processes, training and a continuing dialogue among legislators, the Administration and vendor community to establish transparency and realize the promised savings through shared, cloud-based services.”
The Commission, led by Salesforce.com Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff and VCE Chairman and CEO Michael D. Capellas, provided recommendations and a “Cloud First Buyer’s Guide for Government” to the Administration. The recommendations focus on how the U.S. government, in cooperation with industry, academia, and other nations, can: (1) adopt policies that foster development and growth of the cloud and, (2) deploy the cloud effectively for cheaper and smarter government services. In addition, the Commission developed a “Buyer’s Guide” that provides guidance to the Federal agencies on issues to consider in evaluating and implementing cloud services.
“Innovation in cloud-based services that emerged in the last couple of years is not necessarily in the technology, which uses the same underlying applications to deliver services,” noted Mr. Mathur. “What is new is the business model, which the private sector is adopting rapidly due to cost savings. The "seller" side of the continuum is ready and now the government needs to adopt innovation on the “buyer” side to ensure tax-payers benefit from cloud delivery. For the public sector to accomplish this some changes are needed to their budgeting and acquisition process, as well as normalization of business processes across agencies to ensure a smooth transition.”
“Cloud computing is the latest example of how American innovation sets the pace for the world," said Phil Bond, President and CEO of TechAmerica and TechAmerica Foundation Board Member. "This report examines the steps that the U.S. government must take as a buyer and policymaker to ensure that we keep setting the pace. An increasingly competitive world is right on our heels looking for an opportunity to pass the U.S. in the new deployment. I’m betting on America.”
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 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, 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.
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