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Cloud works for government, says Ovum

Stephen Bell | Nov. 27, 2012
Case studies conducted by industry analyst Ovum into cloud computing implementations "illustrate that benefits were greater than expected, while risks and difficulties were lower than typically experienced by traditional ICT projects", says Ovum's Steve Hodgkinson.

"It's all about focus," Hodgkinson explains. "Cloud providers are free to choose what goes into their service catalogue"; they can concentrate on meeting selected needs that they know they can provide well.

"Agencies are in the business of providing any services government asks for.

"That's not to say all government services can be put into the cloud," he says. "They can't; but some can."

In expanding specialised in-house services to shared services, as many groups of government agencies are, they face the challenge of "re-engineering things that were never designed to be shared".

Outsourced cloud services, on the other hand are designed from the ground up to be shared."


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