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ARMSTRONG CONTENT OFFICER CHIEF OPERATING ABRAHAM M. LANGER OFFICER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT JENNIFER WEISS & GROUP PUBLISHER VICE PRESIDENT, CARMEL McDONAGH MARKETING PRESIDENT & CHIEF NEAL VITALE EXECUTIVE OFFICER SENIOR VICE RICHARD VITALE PRESIDENT & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER EXECUTIVE MICHAEL J. VALENTI VICE PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT, CHRISTOPHER M. COATE FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION VICE PRESIDENT, ERIK A. LINDGREN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT VICE PRESIDENT, DAVID F. MYERS EVENT OPERATIONS CHAIRMAN OF JEFFREY S. KLEIN THE BOARD www.gcn.com Volume 32 Issue 5 Cloud computing may be old hat to those working in the IT field, but there seems to be a surprising amount of inertia on cloud adop- tion, even among public-sector agencies where failure to share data, storage and other services comes at a high cost. Among the slow rollers are state government agencies that face massive duplication of IT re- lated requirements --- a situation tailor-made for cloud solutions --- but limited funding for IT among other projects competing attention. According to a late 2012 survey by the National Associa- tion of State Chief Information O cers, only 15 percent of states considered themselves "highly invested in cloud computing," about the same level as the year before. Mostly states are dabbling in cloud, with about half operating "some applications in the cloud, and considering others," accord- ing to NASCIO. Surprisingly, cloud was given the highest score among 10 top technology priori- ties facing the states, according to a November 2012 ranking by NASCIO. Given the financial straits most states are in, using cloud-based approaches --- especially to sup- port shared services and data storage across departments and even jurisdictions --- would seem like a wise game plan. That s especially true for Medicaid and unemployment insurance pro- grams, where states have nearly identical program requirements and widespread IT duplication. Failure to move to shared services solutions in these cases suggests agency IT managers lack the resources to plan IT consoli- dation and other building blocks for moving to the cloud. But it also points to a lack of manage- ment will power to manage part- nerships across jurisdictions. Fortunately, there are notable exceptions to the slow-adopters. Late last year, a consortium of 15 western states formed a coopera- tive to award contracts for cloud hosting services and to share geographic information systems data. The arrangement has grown beyond GIS data sharing to include general cloud hosting and infrastructure as a service. And ambitious public sector IT sharing projects continue to pop up. In this months issue of GCN, we feature a story about a push by the National Geospatial-Intel- ligence Agency to set up a cloud platform through which public and private organizations could share geospatial data needed to respond rapidly to natural disas- ters around the world. State and local government IT managers should be encour- aged to take the risks necessary to pilot and gain experience with similar cloud and shared services programs. And there may be no real choice. As Montana GIS manager Robin Trenbeath told us earlier this year, sharing applica- tions and services is the wave of the future, prompting citizen demand for more e cient uses of IT. "We can t deliver that at a rea- sonable cost all by ourselves," he said. "You have to collaborate."• STATES NEED TO GET THEIR HEADS INTO THE CLOUD 6 GCN MAY 2013 • GCN.COM GCN (ISSN 0738-4300) is published monthly by 1105 Media, Inc., 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Ste. 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. 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