Advancing Cloud Computing: What To Do Now?
Cloud computing is seen by many as the next wave of information technology for individuals, companies and governments. In the spring of 2010, the World Economic Forum published a report which evaluated the impact of cloud computing technologies and highlighted the large potential benefits of adoption, ranging from economic growth and potentially sizeable improvements in employment to enabling innovation and collaboration.
While recognizing the many benefits of cloud, the report also highlighted very significant issues that could limit our ability to benefit from cloud computing.
In the second phase of the project, the World Economic Forum focused on identifying specific action areas for addressing the issues and concerns that could impact the adoption and deployment of cloud technologies.
Our report, Advancing Cloud Computing. What to do Now? Priorities for Industry and Government, summarizes the outcomes of the second phase of the project and presents the eight actions areas for providers of cloud computing services and government agencies whose remits include encouraging, legislating and regulating the use of such new technologies.
We invite you to use this report for further discussions and hope that the framework described will provide a common language and a shared set of priorities for industry and governments.