31 May 2012
This is the first pragmatic step towards the government consuming cloud services and it’s encouraging to see the initiative starting to take shape (Government releases second iteration of CloudStore). However, adoption is not going to happen overnight. It will require a huge shift in cultural patterns and requirements to facilitate the move from an ownership to a rental model.
As we have seen with other technologies and business models over the years, the government will need to adjust its approach to match the new framework and ways of selecting and purchasing cloud services.
Furthermore, this still does not address the underlying issue of big data. This plethora of new services available will bring with them even more digital data that needs to be intelligently converted into meaningful information, so that decisions can be made quickly and effectively. Only then will the public sector be able to start reaping the true benefits of cloud services.