Congress Seeks Creation of National Research Cloud for Artificial Intelligence

Nextgov | June 05, 2020

A bipartisan cadre of tech-focused legislators in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would direct the federal government to develop a national cloud computing infrastructure for artificial intelligence research. Introduced by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Thursday, the National Cloud Computing Task Force Act would convene a mix of technical experts across academic, industry and government. The group would develop a nuanced roadmap for how the nation should build, deploy, govern and sustain a national research cloud for AI.

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The cloud is changing the way government operates. It is enabling agencies to move away from traditional, on-premises IT models to a more modern, cloud-based approach. This shift is not only improving efficiency and reducing costs, but it is also helping agencies to better serve the public.

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The cloud is changing the way government operates. It is enabling agencies to move away from traditional, on-premises IT models to a more modern, cloud-based approach. This shift is not only improving efficiency and reducing costs, but it is also helping agencies to better serve the public.

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TechFlow wins $8 Million cloud.gov contract for Govt. Agency Modernization

TechFlow | January 09, 2023

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Esker and Quadient to Develop Electronic Invoicing Platform, to Partner with French Government

Esker | November 22, 2022

Esker, a global cloud platform and leader in AI-driven process automation solutions for finance and customer service functions, and Quadient, a leader in helping businesses create meaningful customer connections through digital and physical channels, today announced that their years-long collaboration will take on a new dimension by partnering with the French government’s upcoming Partner Dematerialization Platform (PDP). Quadient and Esker have been working together for more than seven years through their joint subsidiary NCS, a strategic partnership that allows Quadient to leverage Esker's technology expertise for automating and digitizing customer and supplier invoices. 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