Facing a future with scarce resources and increasing pressure on
budgets, the public sector in the Nordic countries has an urgent need
to streamline and develop its use of IT.
Cloud computing offers an opportunity to do just that. Using cloud
computing, public authorities in the Nordic countries can save
money on operation and maintenance of IT. At the same time cloud
computing gives the public sector a possibility to increase
flexibility and a greater opportunity to enable innovation and growth.
Finally, the use of cloud computing can reduce power consumption in
server rooms, which will have a good effect on our climate.
Cloud computing is here to stay. Several large nations like the
United States, India and China have had an active cloud
computing agenda for several years. If we in the Nordic countries want
to make our influence felt and achieve a quick profit realisation, we
must start working together on cloud computing now.
Therefore, the Informal Forum of IT Directors in the Nordic Council
of Ministers has initiated this report
in the attempt to launch a discussion on wether there should be a
Nordic cooperation on cloud computing and what it could focus on. We
see the report as the first step of this discussion, and we look
forward to hear the different Nordic stakeholders articulate their
views on this matter. The report offers the Nordic countries a view of
how to understand cloud computing - and more importantly,
what potential lie in Nordic cooperation on cloud computing. The
report proposes Nordic cooperation on specific areas. We would like to
hear from other stakeholders, whether or not these areas are
considered the right areas for Nordic cooperation.
The Nordic countries have a solid foundation for taking up cloud
computing due to the high level of e-readiness, both when it comes to
infrastructure and adaption of new technology. The
Nordic countries share a very strong foundation, which we can use to
move forward and become a forerunner when it comes to cloud computing.
Besides this many of the barriers associated with the use of cloud
computing in the public sector are similar across the Nordic region.
Thus we believe, that these barriers might be overcome faster with
close cooperation among the Nordic countries.
It is our vision that the Nordic countries could establish themselves
as a driving force for cloud computing in the public sector.
We hope this report will inspire and lead to increased Nordic cooperation.
Here you can read the
"Nordic Public Sector Cloud Computing - a discussion paper".
- The Informal Forum of IT Directors:
Carsten Jørgensen has commented on the report. The comment is an elaboration to the textbox on page 27 in regard to the Municipality of Odense's use of Google Apps.
You can read the comment here.
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