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TechAmerica Commission makes cloud recommendations and offers free Cloud Buyer’s Guide

JudyRedman on ‎08-18-2011 08:42 AM

jeff.jpgBy Jeff Bergeron, HP Chief Technology Officer (CTO), U.S. Public Sector 

(Jeff Bergeron is the HP Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the U.S. Public Sector. In this role, he leads a team of chief technologists that are responsible for matching HP’s capabilities and offerings with the requirements of the U.S. Government market sector. Jeff works directly with government agencies to define strategic transformation plans that enable them to maximize their IT budgets while aligning to mission goals and objectives.  Recently Jeff was appointed Commissioner to serve on the TechAmerica Commission of the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud--CLOUD².)


In an earlier post, I told about the exciting work being done by the Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2), a TechAmerica Commission composed of industry, academic and government IT leaders.  I and the 70 other fellow commissioners were given 90 days to draft a detailed report giving our guidance on how the federal government should adopt cloud computing technologies along with our policy recommendations to keep the U.S. on the cutting edge of cloud computing innovation.  I am pleased to announce that we recently completed our study and it is now available for download. 


I encourage you to read the entire document as it has ideas and strategies that can be used by the private as well as the public sector.  In summary, we made 14 recommendations around four vital areas that the Commissions feels are the most critical.



The 4 vital T’s of cloud computing


  • Trust – The commission feels strongly that citizens, government organizations and everyone must be confident that cloud computing is secure, private and available. 


  • Transnational Data Flows—the cloud cannot be defined by national borders as business and data must flow across international borders.  The Commission feels the United States should be the leaders in pushing for transnational data flow policies and international guidelines.


  • Transparency – Trust and confidence in the cloud will come out of transparency.


  • Transformation – To quote the study:  “For full adoption of the cloud, there must be a change in how the federal government acquires technology; an investment in improving technology infrastructure including expediting broadband deployment and the move to IPv6; a commitment to ensuring that education and training priorities align with the needs of a cloud workforce; and creating incentives to encourage the global development and adoption of  cloud technologies.”

You can download the entire document, Cloud First, Cloud Fast: Recommendations for Innovation, Leadership and Job Creation



Free Cloud Buyer’s Guide chock full of best practices

The commission also published a Cloud Buyer’s Guide that is intended to provide guidance to federal agencies who are moving to the cloud. The Cloud Buyer’s Guide outlines what steps to take, what to ask vendors, what to consider and best practices to follow when implementing cloud computing.  While the primary audience is federal agencies, the Buyer’s Guide is packed with useful information for any organization contemplating a cloud implementation.


You can download your free copy of the Cloud Buyer’s Guide.


This commission was exciting for me individually and as an HP representative.  I believe that not only was the Commission a shining examples of public-private partnership  but an example of what we can do together to speed the adoption of cloud computing for the benefit of U.S. citizens, taxpayers and our nation.  I welcome any feedback you have regarding the recommendations and the buyer’s guide.  Let me hear from you. 


Related Links:

CLOUD2 Resources


About the Author


Judy Redman has been writing about all areas of technology for more than 20 years.

Nadhan on ‎08-18-2011 03:10 PM

Thank you, Jeff, for sharing this insightful report.  On a related note, I would call your attention to the  Cloud Transformation Bill of Rights that highlights the key characteristics of a systematic, structured Transformation from an Applications perspective to the Cloud.

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