Chief technology officers from 13 leading software and computer hardware companies are in Washington this week to discuss cloud computing with Members of Congress and federal administration officials.

As part of the sixth annual Business Software Alliance (BSA) forum, industry leaders are meeting with administration officials to discuss how the federal government can best leverage cloud computing to cut costs and improve performance.

“The software industry strongly supports the federal government’s move to adopt cloud computing solutions,” BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman said in a statement. “In many cases it can provide tremendous opportunities for agencies to boost their operations’ performance and manage tight budgets.”

The BSA forum is taking place against a backdrop of a drive by the federal chief technology officer to have government agencies reassess their computing needs and consider new innovations, like cloud computing. The meetings will focus on such areas as how and when to adopt cloud solutions.

They will also examine how government policy choices can promote innovation in software, computing, and IT infrastructure delivered as a service over public and private computer networks.

“By bringing the private and public cloud sectors together on this issue, we can ensure that government seizes those opportunities in ways that promote innovation throughout the marketplace,” Holleyman added.

Technology companies represented in the meetings include IBM, Microsoft, Dell, Symantec, CA Technologies, Adobe, McAfee, Sybase and BMC.



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