To the Cloud = $$$ Windfall?

According to at least one U.S. senator — a very important one — cloud computing could be one of the federal government’s keys to saving money, as Congress indicates that future budgets will be very closely monitored and cut where necessary.

“We need to look into every nook and cranny of the federal government and find better results for less money,” says Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who is chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Federal Financial Management Subcommittee. “One of the great ways you can provide better service for less money is to do I.T. well and to do it smart.”

Many purveyors of learning management systems now offer cloud services, making the options that public-sector learning professionals seek more in line with projected spending cutbacks.

Outgoing U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra has estimated that the feds can save about $5 billion each year by moving 25 percent of their combined $80 billion annual I.T. spending into computer clouds — be they public, private or hybrid.

According to at least one U.S. senator — a very important one — cloud computing could be one of the federal government’s keys to saving money, as Congress indicates that future budgets will be very closely monitored and cut where necessary.

“We need to look into every nook and cranny of the federal government and find better results for less money,” says Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who is chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Federal Financial Management Subcommittee. “One of the great ways you can provide better service for less money is to do I.T. well and to do it smart.”

Many purveyors of learning management systems now offer cloud services, making the options that public-sector learning professionals seek more in line with projected spending cutbacks.

Outgoing U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra has estimated that the feds can save about $5 billion each year by moving 25 percent of their combined $80 billion annual I.T. spending into computer clouds — be they public, private or hybrid.

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