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The cloud and the public sector

Steve Hodgkinson | May 21, 2009
Both CIOs and policy executives should see the cloud as both a threat and an opportunity, and heres why

Out: If it adds value, lets do it. In: How will it cut costs?

Out: Agency-by-agency IT infrastructure. In: Shared IT infrastructure.

Out: Local procurement. In: Aggregated procurement.

The motivations behind the Gershon Review in the Federal Government and the recent creation of CenITex as a central ICT shared services provider in Victoria are symptoms of this climate change.  Governments are looking at ways to accelerate the process of managing IT more cost effectively, and by a curious twist of fate are pursuing strategies that have much in common with the emerging logic of cloud computing shared, on-demand, computing at massive scale.

Steve Hodgkinson is a research director in government at Ovum


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