Moving to the cloud is inevitable

Whilst the US government has been commended on its bold uptake of the cloud, smaller nations have been advised to get a move on.

Juan Carlos Soto, a senior advisor to the US government on the use of cloud computing, expressed his concern about the slow approach by some, and suggested the UK government use the expertise of industry professionals to push the technology through.

“I would imagine in the UK that bringing in experts from industry, sometimes from academia and even other government agencies, perhaps those that were early adopters, could lead to very good recommendations,” he said.

Soto acknowledged that nations would always move at a pace that suits them, and that issues of security have to be organised first.

“No solution is perfect and some data will not be suitable for the cloud, so I would advise any government or enterprise to make sure they understand the cloud service they are intending to use and whether the security implications are acceptable,” he said.

Soto also unlined the importance of the cloud in terms of the changing IT landscape, by comparing it to the introduction of the Internet and web services, “Cloud is that fundamental a shift.”

The US government has estimated savings of about $6bn from its annual IT budget of $80bn. When smaller countries look to this example, it is not a figure that can be ignored.

“I don’t know where it will end up from a terminology stand point. ‘Cloud’ happens to be a very convenient collective term, but the benefits of a service you use in a utility-like manner … are compelling to any company.” Said Soto.

In other words – moving to the cloud is inevitable – whether done boldly, or otherwise.

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Chris Baker is the Global Sales and Marketing Director responsible for the expansion of Calsoft Enterprise Solutions internationally. Formerly co-owner of acquired business, Inatech, Chris has been responsible for developing and promoting the company’s position as a specialist in Oracle solutions within the global IT industry. Chris co-founded Inatech in November 2002 merging with Calsoft in 2008. In a career spanning 23 years, Chris has held influential positions at Accenture, Easams, and Marconi. He was a Member of the Oracle UK Consulting Board during his time at Oracle Corporation UK, where he spent 15 years. Chris has a Higher National Diploma in Computing Studies from Farnborough College with distinction.