VCE Chairman Michael Capellas spoke to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation earlier today outlining cloud computing opportunities and challenges within U.S. federal government, domestic public and commercial sectors, and international markets.
Capellas’ speech explored key barriers to cloud adoption and incorporated findings of the TechAmerica Commission on Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud. The CLOUD(2) commission published a cloud buyer’s guide and recommends guidelines for necessary legislative actions to drive U.S. cloud innovation, jobs growth and competitiveness in the world market.
“Information Technology has been synonymous with economic prosperity since the middle of the last century,” Capellas said, “and the U.S. has been a major beneficiary of previous technology waves. We have now entered a period of rapid change where the shift to cloud computing is accelerating. But misconceptions and concerns with cloud computing may impact success for companies and agencies, and ultimately threaten U.S. leadership in IT. Tomorrow’s winners at the company, regional, national and global level must recognize, adopt and embrace technologies, processes and policies that make them more competitive.”
Americans already use cloud computing even if unaware and with the cloud computing revenue expected to grow by tens of billion within the next few years, Capellas warns that more is at stake than cloud computing revenue. “Cloud computing has the potential to both reshape the IT landscape and shift wealth between nations. Trillions of dollars of global economic wealth will be based upon competitiveness in today’s 24×7 world, and choosing cloud computing as a foundational element to IT can make companies, agencies and organizations more efficient, productive and agile. Continued U.S. leadership in IT is dependent upon U.S. leadership in cloud computing.”