BasicGov White Paper: Hurricane and Tornado Impact - Disaster Planning for Local Governments - Cloud Computing (SaaS) Helps Community Development

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Cloud computing, SaaS software solutions help local governments' community development departments prepare for data disasters and emergencies such as hurricanes and tornadoes

Vancouver, BC, September 23, 2009 -- BasicGov has sponsored and published a new white paper about disaster planning for local governments that outlines affordable solutions for community development departments to prepare for data disasters caused natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes.

Community development and planning functions such as zoning, and permitting and code enforcement tend to form the majority of small-municipality operations and their records are vital to local government operation. This important data can easily be lost in the event of a disaster such as a hurricane or tornado.

Since records nowadays are increasingly computerized, data backup and protection is paramount for local governments. Cloud computing, often known as Software as a Service (SaaS) or web-based software, is an attractive solution for this problem. Cloud computing applications are quick to install, simple to use, and less expensive that traditional software.

Cloud computing offers superior data protection on a payment schedule that is friendly to local governments' limited budgets. Because cloud computing applications use the subscription or utility payment model, there is no need to pay for expensive backup hardware and software. Also, because costs are spread over months or years, they become part of a local government's operating budget instead of its capital budget, and so avoid the depreciation costs common with capitalized computer equipment.

Because of these lower costs and higher data asset protection capabilities, hundreds of local governments across North America are turning to cloud computing applications to ensure continual protection and easy retrieval of their vital data in the event of a natural disaster.

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About White Paper Sponsor
CloudBench Applications, Inc. (TSX VENTURE: CBH) develops, sells and supports BasicGov, affordable web-based software used by cities and local governments to streamline their permits and inspections, code enforcement and planning processes. BasicGov is a reliable, secure solution delivered for an affordable price and the only web-based software for local governments built on Force.com, the cloud computing platform from SalesForce.com used by more than 55,000 organizations worldwide. BasicGov software requires only an Internet connection and a browser. Users pay a monthly subscription fee of $119 per module and no capital investment is required. http://www.basicgov.com

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Media contact: Susan Kirk, 1.604.315.9959
Sales contact: Roula Fredrikson, 1.866.999.1846 ext. 1

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