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Public Sector Cloud – The Big Debate

March 16, 2011 - 1 Comment
Public Sector Cloud: The Big DebateI recently watched a session called, “Public Sector Cloud – The Big Debate”, recorded earlier this year.  The debate presents several points of view from experts in the field of Cloud Computing.  I enjoyed the candid conversation and the opportunity to get a taste for the challenges governments face in their environments.

I encourage you to watch this too and let me know what you think.  The session was moderated by Dr. Richard Sykes and includes experts such as John Suffolk (former UK Government CIO) and David Wilde (Westminster City Council CIO).

Governments are forced to work with reduced budgets and are looking for alternatives to provide services to their citizens.  This reality has forced agencies to make better decisions and look for alternative delivery models or partnerships with other agencies. While Cloud is not about technology, it offers governments the opportunity to deliver services “very fast, very cheap and with little upfront investment”.

The panelists have real experience with Cloud deployments and propose solutions to change the way things have always been done. They also highlight several inefficiencies seen in government agencies, such as duplication of systems and stagnation of innovation.

  • “people make better decisions when they have no cash”
  • “the market has to reposition itself, the bidding model has to change”
  • “we don’t care about technology, we care about reducing death rates from cancer, etc.”
You may find the debate at (you may be asked to register before watching):

Are you seeing similar challenges in your environments?

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  1. “people make better decisions when they have no cash”

    What a concept, but so true. With tight financial constraints, more precise uses of money start to develop. These spending habits often carry over into periods of flush capital, eventually benefiting the overall bottom line.