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Australian government agencies still reaching for the cloud: Ovum

Hamish Barwick | Nov. 26, 2012
Federal and state government agencies in Australia have yet to realise cloud computing’s role in the digital economy and should look to the example set by service providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), according to an Australian analyst.

"AGIMO has pursued the inward-looking tactical agenda of procurement efficiency dealt it by Sir Peter Gershon's 2008 review and when it comes to cloud services, AGIMO has come to be regarded as the man required to walk in front of the first motor car waving a red flag."

According to Hodkingson, AGIMO's focus has been on creating risk-oriented policy documents and procurement controls for cloud services on the assumption that the cloud is "more dangerous" than traditional approaches to sourcing ICT capabilities.

He said this approach has led to minimal adoption of cloud services by federal government agencies and a visible policy disconnection between regarding cloud services as "good for the economy" and, regarding them as "unsafe for use by government agencies".

However, Hodkingson added that the federal government's view of cloud was changing. For example, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, was developing a national cloud computing strategy(PDF).

According to Hodkingson, the cloud strategy is expected to be considered by the federal government in early 2013.

"This is expected to establish a more positive leadership position on cloud services as a catalyst for innovation both in government and in the broader economy," he said.



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