Comprehensive White House Plan Focuses on Improving Efficiency, Agility, Innovation
Washington — February 14, 2011 —
The Obama administration today unveiled the first comprehensive cloud-computing strategy for the federal government to increase agencies’ operational performance — and thereby improve public services — by targeting as much as a quarter of the government’s $80 billion IT budget to cloud solutions.
The strategy, unveiled today by US CIO Vivek Kundra, expands on the administration’s “cloud-first” policy for IT acquisition, which was announced by the Office of Management and Budget last November.
“I commend the Obama administration for the vision it has spelled out in its new Federal Cloud Computing Strategy,” said Business Software Alliance President and CEO, Robert Holleyman. “BSA strongly supports the strategic goals in the federal plan. Cloud computing offers a powerful compliment to the IT solutions that federal agencies have long used to conduct their operations. In the right circumstances, migrating to the cloud can deliver significant efficiency gains through better resource-sharing and elimination of redundancies.”
“BSA looks forward to supporting and collaborating with the administration as it moves forward with implementing its strategy,” Holleyman said. “The National Institute of Standards and Technology, among other agencies, is already doing a laudable job of partnering with industry to define a smooth path forward for robust cloud adoption.”
“We believe the cloud model presents tremendous opportunities for efficiency gains throughout government,” Holleyman added. “That is true in the actual use of technology. Likewise, there is potential to capture savings by avoiding duplicative procurement reviews and to improve security by eliminating outdated reporting requirements.”
The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the world’s foremost advocate for the software industry, working in 80 countries to expand software markets and create conditions for innovation and growth. Governments and industry partners look to BSA for thoughtful approaches to key policy and legal issues, recognizing that software plays a critical role in driving economic and social progress in all nations. BSA’s member companies invest billions of dollars a year in local economies, good jobs, and next-generation solutions that will help people around the world be more productive, connected, and secure. BSA members include Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, AVEVA, AVG, Bentley Systems, CA Technologies, Cadence, CNC/Mastercam, Compuware, Corel, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, Dell, Intel, Intuit, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Microsoft, Minitab, PTC, Progress Software, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, and The MathWorks.
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