I had the opportunity to deliver a keynote on “Cloud Computing and the Public Sector” late last week to 225 GIS (Geographic Information Systems) professionals in Frankfort, Kentucky. Trisha Brush was kind enough to invite me after we met at CloudCamp Cincinnati. I tried to keep it at a high level but then drill down to some particular use cases. I also tried to deal with some of the sticky issues like governance and compliance.
The two points I emphasized during the keynote are:
- The Cloud is an enabler. It lowers the cost of entry for disruptive technology. A use case example is using Elastic Map Reduce to solve huge problems we can’t easily or inexpensively solve today with traditional enterprise methods.
- GIS and mapping are extremely relevant these days. As admins, directors and users, they should work with developers to create innovative mashup-style apps. This can help disseminate information to wide masses or create revenue streams from a constituent and commercial perspective.
You can find the keynote preso here.
Trisha borrowed a lot of the CloudCamp unconference format for the KAMP Summit which worked well. I also found out that they had an App Contest (Desktop and Web) similar to a sprint during StartupWeekend. I spent most of the day there and this is what I walked away with:
- Cloud in the public sector is still very new, yes it’s a journey
- Unconference (a la Barcamp) continues to work well as a format
- The midwest has a lot of innovation in it
- Can’t underestimate the value of leadership and community (Trisha did an amazing job)
I had to leave during the Unpanel but I was getting a lot of questions about Cloud in general (security, resiliency, etc) and I tried to answer as much as I could. I also met Angie Jennings of Swova who specializes in ArcGIS implementations. Her company is also one of the first to help customers take their GIS solutions into the cloud from an IaaS perspective.
If you’ve got questions about the preso or cloud in general, feel free to comment below.