Josh New spoke on how the government's adoption of cloud computing services on state, local, and municipal levels is allowing them to better deliver on the promise of open data. Citizens are benefiting from increased transparency, the private sector is benefiting with new business opportunities, and governments are benefiting from the scalability and cost effectiveness of cloud solutions. Cloud computing and open data take two costly inputs--computing power and information--and make them dramatically cheaper. This allows agencies to prioritize another important input: human capital. More and better data, the capacity to make use of this data, and the human expertise needed to carry out these projects are the results of the convergence of cloud computing and open data.