Cloud Computing Strategy: Governments Make Big Plans

Susan Fourtané, Journalist, Writer | 2/5/2013 | 49 comments

Susan Fourtané
As the European Union moves ahead with its cloud computing strategy, a number of other nations around the world are aiming toward similar goals.

The EU's European Cloud Computing Strategy focuses on standards, partnerships, and cross-border interoperability. One of the main goals of this strategy is to speed up the adoption of cloud computing within EU member nations and, ultimately, accelerate the process of technological growth across the Union.

According to an IDC survey of 1,056 businesses in the EU, 64 percent of respondents are using cloud services in some fashion; of these, 34 percent are using cloud computing across multiple areas of their organizations. The European Commission is aiming to use its strategy to encourage new standards and partnerships to make cloud usage virtually ubiquitous in the EU. The European Cloud Computing Strategy is based on the following three key actions:

  • Standards and Certification: Identifying technical standards for optimum interoperability, data portability, and reversibility by year-end 2013, with an eye toward developing a list of what the strategy statement calls "EU-wide voluntary certification schemes" by 2014.
  • Contract Terms and Conditions: Developing model contract terms for issues such as data ownership, preservation, and disclosure. The European Commission strategy plan claims that this will "accelerate the take-up of cloud computing by increasing the trust of prospective consumers."
  • European Cloud Partnership: Promoting what the strategy plan identifies as "better public procurement" of cloud services in Europe, including “procurement across borders.” Goals of this action include improving efficiencies in the public sector and promoting what the strategy document calls a “European cloud industry.” To achieve this, the European Commission is investing 383 million Euros in funding research projects using cloud computing for information and communication technologies (ICT).

Achieving European standards in cloud computing will help governments and enterprises alike move toward a clear cloud adoption strategy while reducing fears of security and privacy issues.

Nations line up "cloud-first" strategies
The EU is not alone in its efforts toward developing cloud standards. For example, Australia's Department of Finance and Deregulation, a division of the government's Information Management Office, has consulted with government agencies, industry, and the public to develop a detailed paper. This paper explores the opportunities and impact of cloud computing on the Australian government. This initiative is particularly important because the Australian government's business operations are highly dependent upon ICT.

The Government of New Zealand is also moving ahead with its cloud computing strategy, originally announced in August 2012. New Zealand's all-of-government cloud computing approach means that as cloud-based service offerings become available, core public services will be expected to transition to them.

New Zealand's "cloud-first" policy, led by the Government CIO, means that agencies will adopt the cloud when faced with new procurements, or when preparing for an upcoming contract extension decision. However, with security concerns top-of-mind, New Zealand's government is waiting before it takes its data hosting offshore, demonstrating a balance between accelerating cloud adoption and taking a conservative approach to data hosting.

Cloud computing use in national governments is taking big steps around the globe. How do your cloud computing efforts stack up? Do you think these and other government initiatives will achieve the goal of accelerating cloud adoption? Tell us below.

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MDMConsult   Cloud Computing Strategy: Governments Make Big Plans   8/1/2013 6:27:28 PM
Re: You are Not Alone.
The government initiatives are a good start. Substantial investments in cybersecurity R&D and acquisitions, connecting capabilities from across the globe will assist to bring the best. The organization is implementing cost-effective ways to detect and prevent fraud through analyzing huge data sets generated by various application logs at a major government agency. There is the potential to save the government a significant amount of money.
Susan Fourtané   Cloud Computing Strategy: Governments Make Big Plans   7/4/2013 1:07:07 AM
Re: You are Not Alone.

I was thinking about that yesterday after I posted the last comment here. :D But didn't you notice this is my blog, not David's? :(

Oh, well, who knows? Maybe our conversation about parenting mixed with cloud computing strategies helps someone in need for some good advice. 

You don't have to be a parent to be a good one at heart, or to have common sense. And being a parent has never been easy, and it will never be, unless people learn about how to a responsible and good parent before even thinking about creating a new life. I think I will write a book about this. :D

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eethtworkz   Cloud Computing Strategy: Governments Make Big Plans   7/3/2013 4:15:33 AM
Re: You are Not Alone.

If David started reading these posts;He would wonder-Has E2 Turned into a Parenting 101 Guide Overnight???


Not easy being Parents today;No Doubt about it.
Susan Fourtané   Cloud Computing Strategy: Governments Make Big Plans   7/3/2013 2:50:26 AM
Re: You are Not Alone.
Exactly, Ashish! 

I attribute any kind of bullying among kids to parents' responsibility. As mentioned before, kids need a guide (parents), they don't come to the world with their brain all programmed to be part of a society.  Whatever kids do is the result of a good or a bad upbringing. 

I wouldn't say it's another case of parents not paying enough attention, but a case of parents not performing well in their role of parents.

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eethtworkz   Cloud Computing Strategy: Governments Make Big Plans   7/2/2013 5:19:59 AM
Re: You are Not Alone.

Once Again,I find myself Agreeing Wholeheartedly with you!

If you want a Pet or a Toy;GET ONE!

Please don't have kids if you are unprepared to take care of them-Enough Said!


On a Serious note-Have you noticed how serious Cyber-Bullying(&physical too) Incidents have gone up sharply amongst kids today?

Another case of Parents not paying enough attention towards their own kids right?
Susan Fourtané   Cloud Computing Strategy: Governments Make Big Plans   7/2/2013 4:17:36 AM
Re: You are Not Alone.

"Sometimes your kids just want you to be there for them-Say at their Soccer Game and not with the so-called  latest and Greatest Gadget!"

Yes, that's true. And it's true everywhere. Everything has to be considered at the time of deciding if or if not someone is going to bring another life to the world. Even if they will have enough time to go to their school-sports activities, pick them up from the parties, and spend time playing, talking, or just looking at the sky, and counting stars with the kids. 

People don't understand that. Again, most people have kids as if they were pets, or toys. Totally irresposibly, that is. 

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eethtworkz   Cloud Computing Strategy: Governments Make Big Plans   7/1/2013 9:17:03 AM
Re: You are Not Alone.

I have been repeatedly harping on this issue many-many times(in all the various forums in which we interact regularly).

The world has become a much-much more Tougher and competitive place today than when it was say 20 -30 years back;So Parenting rules have to change with time.

At the sametime;I feel (if u exclude the Scandinavian Countries);parents are giving less and less time to their kids (primarily because both Spouses are working Full-time just to make ends meet).

So to compensate for that they tend to overdo and give into all of their kids demands readily.

Its like Material needs score over Actual Spiritual/Emotional needs.

Sometimes your kids just want you to be there for them-Say at their Soccer Game and not with the so-called  latest and Greatest Gadget!



Susan Fourtané   Cloud Computing Strategy: Governments Make Big Plans   7/1/2013 7:43:50 AM
Re: You are Not Alone.

"It's a massively-Massively Stressful job which needs 24/7/365 Attention."

Yes, that's right. That's precisely why I always say that those who are not willing to carry that responsibility every minute for the rest of their life should not, by any circumstance, have babies. And no, the job doesn't end when they turn 21. 

My Finland? :D How funny. Okay. :) Yes, it's true that around here parents get financial support for two years while raising their children, and companies keep heir positions for them for when they are back after two years. Dads take parental leave, too. Yes, it would be nice if other countries would follow the example of something that is good, actually. 

No, not tough love for kids. :( You always surprise me with all your knowledge about polical, social, economical, and cultural stuff from everywhere. 

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eethtworkz   Cloud Computing Strategy: Governments Make Big Plans   7/1/2013 4:27:28 AM
Re: You are Not Alone.

I would like to apologize if I see a little Direct here but Parenting is not  a 9-5 Job.

Its a massively-Massively Stressful job which needs 24/7/365 Attention.

Sure you can treat your kids with immense maturity when they are growing up but the Changes (Physical,Pschyological and Hormonal) that kids go through till the time they are 21 are so varied that they often need someone to not explain and support them but also be there for them constantly.

This is why Parenting does'nt get enough Kudos as it deserves(IMHO).

Sure their some Scandinavian Countries(like your Finland) who do a very good job of compensating Parents for time taken off In Raising your kids but not Every country in the world is so evolved and has such a good Social Infrastructure.

Just Love is'nt enough-You need Tough Love sometimes as well.



Susan Fourtané   Cloud Computing Strategy: Governments Make Big Plans   6/10/2013 6:29:53 AM
Re: You are Not Alone.

How is that story even possible? And you clearly see there was nothing wrong with the parents wanting a second opinion, plus it seems like in the first horpital they had no clue what they were doing. 

I don't need to have my own kids to know what is right and what is wrong about bringing up a child. Fortunately, I had excellent parents who never put a finger on me or my siblings, who didn't believe in punish kids in any way. They believed in communication, and that's how they did it. Whenever there was a problem, they talked with us, explained how things were, asked for our own thoughts, thought us rightness, and gave us good examples. 

If someone can't handle kids, there is always the option of not having them in the first place. Parenthood responsibility is something I have always thought it should be taught to couples, to everyone, in fact, just in case. You study to have a profession. Why not study to be a good parent? No one is born knowing anything. Kids are not born knowing about life. Why should they be punished when they don't know what to do or why to do things in certain way. 

Parents are not born knowing how to be parents. They should learn before being parents, not in the process as they go, not improvising when the mental, emotional, and physical health of a new human being is in play. 

When you are going to apply for a taugh job, you prepare yourself, right? Why not preparing yourself for the taugh job of being a parent then? 

My mother, before having us, read as many books written by doctors and physchologists as she could find about child upbringing, the psychology of children and teenagers, etc. How do I know? Well, they were in the booksheves at home. To that, she added her own common sense, and love.




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