Welcome!

Government Cloud Authors: Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Dana Gardner, Liz McMillan, Gopala Krishna Behara

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Government Cloud

@CloudExpo: Article

Leveraging Innovative Cloud Solutions in State and Local Governments

Managing shrinking budgets with innovative cloud solutions

A lot has been spoken about cloud technology for government use and it is especially important for a large percentage of governments facing budgetary constraints. Tech America released “A Comprehensive Guide for Best Practices in Cloud Computing for State and Local Governments”.  While the report highlights big data, social media and mobility it does not dive into practical examples of how the intended audience can use these technologies.  Another video released by Sandy Carter talks about benefits of social business in the cloud for government agencies that could be used as a guide to develop specific actions to be taken. KPMG released results of a survey called “Exploring the Cloud -A Global Study of Governments Adoption of Cloud” that gives a good overview of challenges and high level cloud adoption guidelines.

While many recommendations on applications to cloud to a specific industry segment are focused on infrastructure optimization, they do not talk about practical possibilities of using cloud technology other than some case studies.  In the rest of this write-up I will focus on a few possible uses of cloud technology for state and local governments in applications of the technology that has not been broadly adopted.

  1. Mobility: Building inspectors have to travel a lot to construction sites and complete paperwork that they lug back to the office.  Completing and delivering this information via the cloud would remove a lot of the paperwork necessary while speeding up the process, making it more efficient.
  2. Social Networks and Big Data Analytics: Keeping tab of the large amount of information coming from tweets, Facebook and other social media sources could give law enforcement and even traffic management an early view of problems. This could be teenagers about to swarm a location or someone reporting a long traffic backup.
  3. Platform as a Service: In Ohio, we have 88 counties. Most of these have different billing systems (e.g., tax and water). My county only accepts a manual payment or payment through a credit card processor (who charges a fee, of course). Using a common platform to build one multi-tenant application could lead to significant savings, not only in IT expenditure but also with the capability of volume discounts for transaction processing.

Technology companies could use this opportunity to provide resources to Independent Software Vendors (ISV) to build innovative solutions for the government.  I am sure there are instances where similar solutions have been developed for specific government entities.  Those solution providers should take the opportunity to modify the solution for multi-tenant use and make it available everywhere.  It would be great when a local government can go to an enterprise application store and just download an application for use.

While a lot is said of cloud computing applicability to different industry segments, the broad benefits need to be translated into specific and actionable instances of use.  This needs to go beyond infrastructure optimization that current case studies usually focus on but leapfrog to business agility.

If you are interested in learning more about Government and Cloud Adoption, there are two Cloud Camps planned for March 19th in Reston, VA with Cloud Council and April 4th in DC with FOSE

More Stories By Larry Carvalho

Larry Carvalho runs Robust Cloud LLC, an advisory services company helping various ecosystem players develop a strategy to take advantage of cloud computing. As the 2010-12 Instructor of Cloud Expo's popular Cloud Computing Bootcamp, he has already led the bootcamp in New York, Silicon Valley, and Prague, receiving strong positive feedback from attendees about the value gained at these events. Carvalho has facilitated all-day sessions at customer locations to set a clear roadmap and gain consensus among attendees on strategy and product direction. He has participated in multiple discussion panels focused on cloud computing trends at information technology events, and he has delivered all-day cloud computing training to customers in conjunction with CloudCamps. To date, his role has taken him to clients in three continents.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by ...
CloudEXPO | DevOpsSUMMIT | DXWorldEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Cell networks have the advantage of long-range communications, reaching an estimated 90% of the world. But cell networks such as 2G, 3G and LTE consume lots of power and were designed for connecting people. They are not optimized for low- or battery-powered devices or for IoT applications with infrequently transmitted data. Cell IoT modules that support narrow-band IoT and 4G cell networks will enable cell connectivity, device management, and app enablement for low-power wide-area network IoT. B...
The hierarchical architecture that distributes "compute" within the network specially at the edge can enable new services by harnessing emerging technologies. But Edge-Compute comes at increased cost that needs to be managed and potentially augmented by creative architecture solutions as there will always a catching-up with the capacity demands. Processing power in smartphones has enhanced YoY and there is increasingly spare compute capacity that can be potentially pooled. Uber has successfully ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...