Nordic Public Sector Cloud Computing – a discussion paper

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Cloud computing is widely recognised as a mean for bringing cost savings and better utilisation of resources to the IT departments and their limited budgets. Cloud computing, where IT is delivered as an on-demand pay-per-use service, is rapidly evolving from a hype to a serious alternative to traditional IT procurement. This development is vastly driven by big international players. If the Nordic region is to influence and gain from this development it is essential that the Nordic governments act now. This report sets the scene for a common understanding of the notion of cloud computing across the Nordic region. The report offers a list of recommendations for key action points where cooperation across the Nordic region will be beneficial in order to establish the Nordic region as a driving force for cloud computing in the public sector.



Proposed Actions

The public sector is facing the challenge of delivering more with less without compromising quality. This study has argued that the benefits of cloud computing can help meet the challenge, and that this can be done faster when cooperating in the Nordic region. To enable this cooperation, it is suggested, that the Nordic Coucil of Ministers develop and publish a common Nordic strategy or policy for cloud computing. Furthermore, the study has identified a range of initiatives organised in five areas of cooperation. To ensure a mutual and integrated approach, it is suggested to organise the initiatives under a working group as illustrated in the figure below. The purpose of the working group and the suggested initiatives is to make cloud cooperation a high priority area in the Nordic region.


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