This Week in the Federal Cloud: April 23-27

Probably the biggest cloud event this week was the Cloud Force event held on Wednesday at the DC Convention Center. The more than 1000 attendees were treated to a keynote presentation by former Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra. The event focused heavily on the use of social media in the corporate world but also featured the announcement of the launching of Salesforce’s government cloud.

This week also featured the launching of the Cloud Computing Exchange by Meritalk. The Cloud Computing Exchange, like Meritalk’s other “exchanges” is designed to foster discussion and the sharing of best practices among government and industry. The first quarterly meeting of the exchange featured a keynote by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) highlighting their recent transition to Google Apps for Government to manage their email system. The Meritalk Cloud Computing Exchange was followed by a Capitol Hill Brainstorming Session with keynotes from Senators Tom Carper (DE) and Scott Brown (MA) as well as panels of government and industry cloud leaders, including SIIA Members Google and IBM.

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Michael Hettinger is VP for the Public Sector Innovation Group (PSIG) at SIIA. Follow his PSIG tweets at @SIIAPSIG.

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