The Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), in partnership with Microsoft, recently launched its white paper on cloud procurement, to help government and procuring agencies overcome hurdles in purchasing cloud services.
The report, entitled “From Vision to Procurement: Principles for Adopting Cloud Computing in the Public Sector”, addresses government concerns regarding the inherent ability of cloud technologies to safeguard their data and operations, align local regulations with global compliance standard, and enable government agencies to utilise cloud to achieve objectives such as environmental sustainability and improved access to government services.
In 2017, the Department of Information and Communications (DICT) issued Circular No. 2017-002, an initiative which prescribes government agencies and departments to consider cloud computing solutions as a primary part of their info-structure planning and procurement. The policy aims to reduce costs, increase employee productivity, and develop excellent citizen online services in the public sector by eliminating duplication of hardware and systems and fragmentation of databases.
“Cloud-based technologies will drive much of the public sector’s future transformation by presenting a secure and cost-efficient model for delivering citizen-centric services”, Microsoft Regional Attorney for Health, Education and Public Sector, and ACCA Chair for Public Sector Special Interest Group Jarom Britton said. “Cloud products differ in some meaningful ways from traditional IT resources, which presents governments the ability to drive better outcomes but also requires thoughtful policies and processes to ensure they can capitalise on the potential. As the government encourages its entities to adapt and seek opportunities to improve business operations, we hope to guide our stakeholders in their journey to secure the best suitable technology and cloud service.”
According to the report, the public sector should evaluate their cloud product based on its capability to provide high security, ensure the privacy of personal information, and guarantee technology reliability. Moreover, a good cloud product must be compliant with all regulations and must be aligned with the agencies’ duty of accountability. Government agencies must also look at technology that can support their societal goals and help improve environmental sustainability.
“Adopting cloud services will help government agencies to achieve greater efficiency & enhanced citizen inclusion,” ACCA Executive Director Lim May-Ann said. “The ACCA believes that there is a need for a forward-looking cloud procurement strategy to create a trusted environment for the public sector to utilise such services.”
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