PH gov’t agencies seen adopting cloud in 2013

The public sector is expected to jump into the cloud this year, according to data center operator DataOne Asia, which said that more government agencies are ready to foray into the cloud for their computing needs.

DataOne Asia President and CEO Cyril Rocke

Considered as one of the cloud computing pioneers in the country, DataOne Asia launched in 2012 a cloud-based business productivity and communications service for enterprises.

Last year, the Philippines developed into a promising market for cloud when many enterprises, as well as small and medium businesses (SMBs), learned to adopt the technology in their operations.

Pres. Benigno Aquino III also recently showed his optimism for a government cloud computing project that will revolutionize basic education in the country. Other government officials have also affirmed that outsourcing and cloud technology will be further encouraged this year.

DataOne Asia President and CEO Cyril Rocke said the government adoption of cloud computing technology will be one of the biggest trends in 2013. He cited several compelling reasons for saying so.

“First, government agencies intend to avoid capital expenditures whenever possible, since they cause a long, tedious and sometime risky process. All capital expenditures are subject to R.A. 9184,” Rocke explained. “Because the process is long, there is a tendency to ‘over-procure’ which results in unnecessary costs”.

Rocke said the adoption of cloud computing will downsize the government’s lengthy process of acquiring resources and services, and cut costs.

Aside from this, he said cloud computing lets government agencies deal with reliable IT service providers, which allows them to save more time, man-hours, skills development, and troubleshooting.

The subscription-based procurement of customizable cloud computing services also provides numerous benefits to government agencies.

“They can subscribe for one month or several years, and the resources they procure can be increased or decreased on demand. Therefore, the risk of making wrong decisions is eliminated. If the wrong resources or application is procured, the engagement can be easily terminated.”

Another compelling reason Rocke cited that will enable government agencies to turn into cloud computing is that subscription-based services save costs.

“It is generally observed that about 90 percent of computer resources are never used. Eventually, they become obsolete, and will be simply replaced later without having been ever used. This is an enormous waste of public funds,” Rocke said.

Aside from being reasonably priced, subscription-based cloud computing services are also customizable, which helps eliminate the need to purchase more computer hardware or software for upgrades.

Rocke also said the adoption of cloud computing services will greatly improve government services and prevent security issues.

“In addition, working hours in government agencies generally last from 9 AM to 5 PM, and this exposes the government’s IT infrastructure to security and service availability issues beyond normal working hours,” explained Rocke.

“Even netizens nowadays expect online government services to be available 24/7. With cloud computing, the government can simultaneously address these issues in access, availability, security and performance over time.”

Finally, Rocke said that the considerably low pricing of cloud computing services can help attract government agencies to adopt them quickly.

“Cloud providers offer very transparent pricing and guaranteed performance through a Service Level Agreement,” he explained. “All these factors significantly reduce cost and improve customer satisfaction.”

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