TechAmerica Foundation : TechAmerica Foundation Announces Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD<sup>2</sup>)

TechAmerica Foundation Announces Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2)

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Washington, DC (March 1, 2011) – TechAmerica Foundation today announced that technology visionaries Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff and VCE Chairman and CEO Michael D. Capellas will serve as co-chairmen for a commission of experts from industry and academia in recommending public policies for advancing the Obama Administration’s cloud-first strategy for government technology and for driving U.S. innovation in the cloud.

The commission will make recommendations for how government should deploy cloud technologies and address policies that might hinder U.S. leadership of the cloud in the commercial space. Recommendations for government deployment will be presented to Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. Commercial-facing recommendations will be shared with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Commerce Under Secretary Pat Gallagher.

As co-chairmen, Benioff and Capellas will be joined by Michael R. Nelson, visiting professor of Internet studies in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology Program. CSC President of North American Public Sector Jim Sheaffer will serve as vice chairman, leading a task force focused on government adoption of cloud solutions. Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Technology Policy and Strategy Dan Reed, who also leads the company’s eXtreme Computing Group (XCG), will also serve as vice chairman and will lead a task force focused on U.S. leadership in cloud technologies.

“The United States has no choice but to advance its leadership in cloud-based technologies, or we will lose the jobs of the future to our competitors,” Gallagher said. “We at the Department of Commerce applaud the technology industry for tackling these questions and look forward to receiving the commission’s recommendations.”

“The significance of cloud computing in the world has accelerated with the rise of social technologies, proliferation of mobile devices, and openness of cloud platforms,” said Benioff. “The cloud is critical to future economic prosperity and we need the right mix of public policies to ensure that the cloud can continue the blistering pace of innovation that we have seen in the sector thus far.”

Capellas agreed, adding: “The cloud is a proven productivity engine for the private sector and the federal government has clearly recognized the potential of cloud for advancing federal government infrastructure, maintaining U.S. technology leadership, and creating jobs in the U.S.”

“The benefits of Cloud computing will be seen in every sector of the U.S. economy — but its full potential will only be realized if we can remove policies and business practices that slow its adoption,” said Nelson. “I’m glad to be involved with this project and to bring a perspective from the academic community, which includes many early adopters of cloud computing and grid computing.”

“The Obama Administration is clearly committed to the aggressive adoption of cloud technologies across the government enterprise,” Sheaffer said. “We look forward to working closely with Vivek Kundra and the Administration in providing recommendations for addressing critical issues in areas such as security and acquisitions requirements that threaten to stand in the way of success.”

“Cloud computing creates new opportunities to enhance U.S. competitiveness and foster innovation in domains as diverse as healthcare, energy efficiency and the environment, transportation, communication, education and business productivity,” Reed said. “I look forward to working with the commission to recommend policies that can help to nurture these new opportunities.”

TechAmerica Foundation is currently taking applications for seats on the commission from academia and industry. More information is available via the following link:

About TechAmerica Foundation

TechAmerica Foundation educates industry executives, policy makers and opinion leaders on the promise of technological innovation to advance prosperity, security and the general welfare. Launched in 1981, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, the leading voice and resource for the U.S. technology industry. The Foundation disseminates award-winning industry, policy and market research covering topics such as U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, innovation in government, and other areas of national interest. It also organizes conferences and seminars to explore pertinent issues with government and industry representatives and to share the Foundation’s findings.