Improving national cloud policies can strengthen global private sector

Despite the proliferation of cloud computing among segmented markets, the overall industry is experiencing some collaboration challenges, as different regions around the world are implementing rigid usage policies that impair a country's ability to work with other nations in the cloud. Although using the cloud can provide significant benefits for the individual company using it, not having the ability to share resources and communicate with firms in other areas of the world will hinder long-term growth.

This occurrence was highlighted in a recent report by BSA, which found Japan, Australia and the United States are the top nations with a robust set of laws that support international digital commerce. Conversely, all six countries in the European Union are taking too strict of a stance with the cloud and are impairing their regions' ability to operate well in the global market.

"We're seeing patchy progress in the policy landscape for cloud computing," said Robert Holleyman, president and CEO of BSA. "Mismatched privacy and security rules are making it hard for data to flow across borders. Too many countries are chopping off pieces of the cloud for themselves. This undercuts economies of scale that can benefit everyone."

Fixing cloud policies to improve the economy
If businesses from varying regions around the world are able to collaborate with one another, the entire economy will experience a revival. To ensure this happens, government decision-makers should focus on developing a robust data privacy plan for the cloud without limiting the freedom to move information from one cloud to another, the report stated.

Officials should also encourage clouds to be flexible and adaptable to next-generation security initiatives that will keep cloud infrastructure environments safe, BSA noted.

"In the global economy, companies should be able to do business wherever they find a market - and customers should have access to the best the world has to offer," said Holleyman.

A separate report by Capgemini said organizations around the world are quickly migrating to the cloud as executives recognize the technology's potential to improve operations, reduce costs and strengthen revenue streams by expanding a company's reach. If these benefits are to be experienced, however, government agencies need to ensure cloud policies support international commerce in the cloud.

When federal executives take the time to understand the cloud and create a well-rounded yet flexible usage policy, companies will likely experience the full potential of the hosted services.

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