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October 17, 2011

Texas Survey Suggests Government Must Leverage Cloud Computing to Cut Spending

Texas voters want the government to leverage cloud computing technologies in order to cut spending at the state and local levels, according to a survey released by Bluetext.

More than three in four voters said using cloud computing to cut spending is a good idea. For nearly nine-in-ten voters in Texas, it is important for state and local government leaders to realize cost savings through better use of technology across agencies.

Bluetext also released separate nationwide survey of government information technology managers and influencers.

Seven-in-ten of those most familiar with the cloud have considered using it as a way to save money and improve efficiencies, according to the government IT Leaders survey.

Fifty seven percent of IT Influencers said the political leadership of their government has cloud on their radar at least to some degree, while 17 percent felt they are getting a lot of support from agency executives for IT cost-cutting initiatives.

“Voters understand these issues, they recognize the value of moving agency systems to the cloud, and they're looking for innovative ways to cut government overhead,” said Don Goldbergof Bluetext, in a statement. “And Government IT leaders also see the significant benefits of implementing cloud solutions, including saving money.”

“This survey clearly shows that political leaders and government managers who use new technologies like Cloud computing to cut government spending will be rewarded by voters,” Goldberg added.

In other news, Bluetext and General Sentiment, a leading social media monitoring and analytics firm, recently launched an online social media tool called SocialRank which allows companies to quickly measure their social media presence and determine how they rank in comparison to their industry peers.

Using a database of more than 500,000 brands and personalities, SocialRank examines both the social media Volume and the content of the social media traffic around a brand, and offers a comparison to such well-known brands as Apple, Microsoft, McDonalds, Android (News - Alert), and the Obama White House. By measuring Volume, including the number of mentions, re-tweets, links and other digital traffic, SocialRank provides real-time reporting on how a company's outreach is magnified across the Internet. By analyzing Sentiment, SocialRank can determine if that traffic is positive, negative or neutral.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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