Apr 7

Past Event

The Economic Gains of Cloud Computing



  • Cloud Computing a Fiscally Smart Move

    Darrell West: What are the cost benefits of cloud computing? Many variables impact on how much can be saved by moving to the cloud and ultimately it''s a fiscally smart thing to do.

    Darrell M. West

  • Cloud Computing Saves Money, Makes Government More Open

    Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO: The federal government has already begun moving to the cloud. It''s a means to streamline operations, save money and make the government more accessible and open.

    Darrell M. West

  • Cloud Computing Will Fundamentally Change Government Operations

    Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO: Cloud computing has unimaginable potential and will fundamentally change government operations resulting in new innovations and better service to the American people.

    Darrell M. West

  • Government on Cloud Will Yield Cost-Effective System

    Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO: Fully shifting government operations to the cloud will require deliberative research and analysis. The plan will yield a strategic, secure and cost-effective system.

    Darrell M. West


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Cloud computing services over the Internet have the potential to spur a significant increase in government efficiency and decrease technology costs, as well as to create incentives and online platforms for innovation. Adoption of cloud computing technologies could lead to new, efficient ways of governing.

On April 7, the Brookings Institution hosted a policy forum that examines the economic benefits of cloud computing for local, state, and federal government. Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra delivered a keynote address on the role of the government in developing and promoting cloud computing. Brookings Vice President Darrell West moderated a panel of experts and detailed the findings in his paper, "Saving Money through Cloud Computing," which analyzes its governmental cost-savings potential.

After the program, panelists took audience questions.

Event Agenda


April 7, 2010

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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