At the same time, the government is subsidising projects that bring cloud computing to e-government, and small and medium enterprises. Singapore is a leader looking to cloud computing to grow its IT economy, and maintain its role in the global marketplace. It is early, but it is clear that it will transform enterprise computing, meeting users needs with unprecedented flexibility.
With the advent of cloud computing, it is becoming increasingly important for policy makers to ensure their domestic policies are technology-neutral not only to meet the needs of global trade, international law and the interest of economic development, but also to enable domestic companies to take the greatest advantage of the opportunities cloud computing has to offer.
Stacy Baird is a former advisor to members of the US Senate on technology and intellectual property issues and believes that, with the coexistence of commercial and open source software, the global IT industry has continued to improve life for people around the world. This is the final of a four-part series and opinions expressed are his own.
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