Year of the Cloud: 2009 in Review
The Year of the Cloud and An Overnight Success that Took Three Years
2009 will probably go down as the year when cloud computing became part of everyday jargon. It was the year when sedate business leaders spoke knowingly of the “utility model” computing. It was the year when the United States CIO revealed cloud computing as the enabling technology for better, more efficient, more open government. It was the year when the City of Los Angeles moved key parts of its day-to-day operations onto “The Cloud”.
And 2009 was the year when Larry Ellison of Oracle brought us down to earth by pointing out that “The Cloud” is just computers – chips and hardware and software – connected to a network.
But what a great year for IT and local government! 2009 was the year that city and county managers discovered they could run community development without spending a fortune on enterprise software. 2009 was the year that setting up servers for municipal IT made as much sense as using “cash for clunkers” to buy a Hummer. And 2009 was the year when city managers could reasonably expect that new software would be running weeks not years.
But, while cloud computing was a buzzword of 2009, we had started work on a cloud-based solution way back in 2006. Long before the “utility computing model” we took our experience delivering enterprise solutions for larger cities and built a cloud-based solution for cost conscious local governments.
But 2009 was the first year that many heard from us because 2009 was the first year we actively marketed BasicGov to local governments. Now, three years after we launched into the cloud, BasicGov has four modules: Planning, Permits and Inspections, Code Enforcement and Citizen Portal. And three years after we decided there had to be a better way to streamline local government, 31 cities and counties use BasicGov to serve thousands of citizens.
Three years is hardly overnight but BasicGov is tried, tested, installed and used everyday by cities across the country. Thanks to BasicGov, “The Cloud” is already home to city managers, building inspectors, planners, code enforcement officers and municipal staff. So, if you think cloud computing is the latest trend, check with your local city hall – it might just be part of their everyday business!
Happy New Year,
David Roberts, BasicGov President & CEO
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