Cloud Computing: Transforming the Government of Canada for the Digital Economy

Article · Aug 2017 with 65 Reads


In today’s modern economy, organizations across all sectors are looking to capitalize on opportunities for revenue growth, cost effectiveness/efficiency, service enhancements and competitive advantage. To do so, they must speed up innovation, enhance agility and improve financial management through the use of technology—but not the same way it has been done over the last several decades. The same can be said for governmental organizations. As a result—and as part of the Government of Canada’s plan to steer the public service into the digital age and reshape the way policy is made and services are delivered in Canada—Blueprint 2020 promotes the strategic adoption and use of cloud computing. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), cloud computing is: “...a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” As we have seen from other governments worldwide, cloud computing offers enormous benefits. More and more, we learn that cloud strategies and cloud-based managed service delivery models are delivering optimal value for specific workloads, applications, and timely business process transformation. And those benefits continue to grow. As the Government of Canada investigates computing options for faster development and cost savings, it is only a question of time before it is required to provide more agile, flexible and costreducing cloud computing services to its clients and partners. The enterprise working group (EWG) of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) believes the Government of Canada is extremely well positioned to define its own cloud computing strategy by leveraging lessons learned from other governments.

Topic : Cloud Computing, Digital Economy

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