February 16, 2012 – A leading tech industry foundation on Thursday released key recommendations on cloud adoption for state and local governments as well as a portal for best practices and emerging trends.

The TechAmerica Foundation’s SLG Commission introduced “The Cloud Imperative: Better Collaboration, Better Service, Better Cost,” a report addressing both the range of opportunities for data deployment and the singular restrictions of governance, security concerns and prohibitive budgets. The cloud guidelines are broken into three main sections – understanding, implementing and acquiring – that touch on data protection and security, readiness assessments and project management, and contractual considerations. It also includes brief examples of successful deployments, like an educational cloud used in Illinois and data infrastructure moved to a private cloud by the University of Kentucky. The report closes with further cloud resources ranging from vendor white papers and standards organization reports, to YouTube clips on promoting end-user adoption, as well as direction to the foundation’s new Web portal.

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