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Government still cautious about cloud: Glenn Archer

Stephanie McDonald | June 28, 2013
Adoption by federal government agencies has been slower than anticipated

More than two years on and Archer said the adoption of cloud by government hasn't been as fast as he anticipated.

"When we put out our cloud paper back in April 2011 - in many ways that was an indicator to agencies, as much as it was to the marketplace, that government was not going to try and oppose cloud. Far from it," he said.

"We thought that cloud provided [an] enormous opportunity for government and that there was benefit to be gained, obviously from the cost side but also the degree to which cloud allows you to be quite innovative and responsive.

"[But] in terms of the degree to which agencies look to move to take up cloud, it was slower than I had personally anticipated."

Archer said the issue gained traction when the former Prime Minister Julia Gillard requested the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy to develop a cloud strategy in October 2012.

"We certainly saw that request by the Prime Minister as an opportunity for us to work closely with [the department of broadband] to ensure that there was a bit more of an acceleration of the adoption of cloud by government agencies," he said.

The government plans to further analyse the benefits of cloud and the drawbacks of centralising the provision of cloud services by the end of this year.


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