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Organizations know that cloud computing can increase flexibility and lower costs. But major benefits can be realized on the project level, too. This article discusses how cloud computing offers a new level of collaboration and information access for project managers. It states that teams in the IT realm see the biggest change in their day-to-day activities because of cloud computing. Instead of installing, upgrading, and maintaining multiple licenses for a particular piece of software or upgrading hardware, IT project team members can focus on training and security issues. The article identifies the cost savings benefit of cloud computing as well. Also, steps to select a cloud computing solution are provided. Accompanying this article are three sidebars: The first discusses the future of cloud computing; the second covers the use of cloud-based solutions by government organizations; the third looks at the pros and cons of cloud computing.