Think Cloud Computing is a global phenomenon? Think again perhaps for now. Some countries are threatening the future of Cloud - and rather interestingly most of the culprits are those who’ve made a fortune out of offering low cost offshore outsourcing destinations.
India, Brazil, China and South Africa all get a ticking off from the Business Software Alliance in a study of 24 countries which were scored in seven areas, including intellectual property protection, infrastructure and support for industry-led standards to promote smooth data flows.
Brazil came bottom - only 35.1 points out a possible 100 – despite the BRIC economies being set to soar, while the so-called ChIndia ‘Eastern Tiger’ economies of China and India also came under fire. South Africa doesn’t fare much better.
Japan – the focus of a great deal of attention from Cloud vendors such as Salesforce.com and NetSuite – came top. It was followed closely by other developed countries including Australia, Germany, the US, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and South Korea, which all scored in the high 70s. The report notes:
It’s important to get to grips with this, adds the report:
Cloud Computing. So what’s needed to create a global playing field? According to Robert Holleyman, president of the BSA, the answer is a need for a rallying round by:
Take that last remark as an allusion to the tensions between US providers – who do after bankroll the BSA - and European legislators. A number of US Cloud CEOs have recently hit out at what they see an effective trade barrier in the shape of EU data protection legislation. It is important that the right decisions continue to be made by the legislative regimes – both those at the top of the scorecard and those at the bottom, advises the BSA:
The best model for best practice is Japan, argues the report:
The BSA recommends a seven point course of action for all governments:
- Protect users’ privacy while enabling the free flow of data and commerce.
- Promote cutting-edge cybersecurity practices without requiring the use of specific technologies.
- Battle cybercrime with meaningful deterrence and clear causes of action against criminals.
- Provide robust protection and vigorous enforcement against misappropriation and infringement of Cloud technologies.
- Encourage openness and interoperability between Cloud providers and solutions.
- Promote free trade by lowering barriers and eliminating preferences for particular products or companies.
- Provide incentives for the private sector to invest in broadband infrastructure, and promote universal access to it among citizens.
The State of the World - source: BSA