What states can teach agencies about cloud computing

Sunday - 11/21/2010, 3:06pm EST

Michael Kerr, TechAmerica

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State governments, just like the federal government, are looking for ways to do things better, faster, and cheaper.

Michael Kerr, senior director of state and local government for Tech America, says one of these areas is cloud computing.

“We are seeing states taking the lead on the application and implementation of certain concepts and technologies, among them virtualization. They are well down that road. Now they are moving to cloud solutions at a little faster pace than, perhaps, even the federal government.”

Kerr says there have been several successful projects in these areas in New York City, Los Angeles, and in the states of Minnesota and California over the past few months.

As states have to confront the prospect of leaner budgets, they really do need to look at different scales and different efficiencies that are available through some of these solutions, which previously may have seemed daunting. I know there are some issues in the government space with the adoption of cloud. However those big states and cities have been able to work their way around those.

Kerr joined the DorobekINSIDER to talk about these issues and the release of the new Tech America report, “Why Think Enterprise? State and Local Government Options for Reducing Costs and Improving Services.” Hear the full interview by clicking the link at the top of the page.