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We caught up with Ben Dornier, Director of Corporate and Community Services, City of Palmerston, Australia, for a quickfire Q&A about the challenges of and opportunities presented by, deploying Cloud services in his public sector organisation. Ben will be hopping across the South China Sea in December 2014 to speak in the Enterprise Cloud stream at Cloud Asia, about ‘Getting Cloud Ready: Building Your Cloud Agenda’. The full brochure is available now, and Enterprises and Public Sector organisations can claim a complimentary pass for the event.
How has your organisation implemented cloud computing so far and what models have you chosen to deploy, and why?
We are using office365 for email as well as office product licences. We also used specialised cloud apps for asset management and contract management, as well as Council (board) and committee agendas and minutes. This sounds small, but if we get it wrong it is a big problem! Elected officials in particular expect access to information anytime and anywhere. Our cloud road map includes moving all our virtual servers into a cloud datacentre within the next 18 months, allowing us to be fully in the cloud, fully mobile – and most important considering our weather conditions and disaster management problems – no longer tied to our physical infrastructure.
What cost and organisational benefits do you expect to see from implementation?
Cost has not been the primary concern. The Northern Territory of Australia experiences annual cyclones and extreme weather conditions (not to mention deadly crocodiles and jellyfish!), so the primary concern has been the ability to open Council services from just a few laptops and mobile devices in order to protect our community in extreme conditions.
This said, Council has experienced cost savings related to reduced capex spending and reduced overheads for specialised IT staff. We are happy with our managed services providers, and we are enjoying having SLAs rather than employment contracts.
Can you tell us more about how the public sector is embracing cloud services in Australia, the concerns you had before adopting ‘cloud’, and how they were eased?
This of course depends on a working definition of ‘cloud’! A large number – maybe 90 of the 580 – local governments in Australia are purely cloud-based. Staff there might not even know it! Every local government makes use of some cloud based solution to varying degrees. In an era where doing more with less becomes increasingly important, cloud solutions are allowing IT staff to become more strategic, agile and responsive to the needs of the organisation.
I have been publicly engaging in cloud discussions for 15 years or so, and conversations always turn to ‘security issues’ (some things will never change!). For certain sectors of government, this is a reasonable discussion, but for local government (with a few caveats!) most our data is regarding mowing schedules, road conditions, facility maintenance, sewage and water quality, etcetera. This stuff does no good being kept secret. In my opinion, the security constraints for local government are drastically less than other levels of government. With this comes issues of data sovereignty and data centre location. In many states there are rules around this, but the flexibility and affordability offered by cloud solutions is mature enough to provide great options for us in the local and international space.
Do you think the public sector is taking full advantage and seeing benefits from technologies such as cloud and data analytics and management?
Absolutely not – we have a long way to go before the insights afforded by big data solutions will mature in our sector. Like the old TV show said, “we have the technology” – we just aren’t terribly good at figuring out how to use it as a tool to improve services to our constituents. We are making inroads, however, and it often means considering our data from a citizen viewpoint – ‘what would a resident want to know about waste management?’ for example. These insights need to further drive the use of analytics, and not just better executive decision making dashboards.
What are your next IT objectives and how do you think your business processes can be made more efficient going forward?
We are a rapidly growing community, and are seeking to be agile. We will be totally cloud and scalable by 1 Jan 2016. Our IT staff will be totally focused on delivering value and solutions to staff without being hampered by infrastructure. They will be focused on data analysis and strategy, rather than administration. I believe the biggest benefit of cloud based services has been the commodification of server admin and network services, and we will make this a strength moving into the future.
Each week it seems another telecoms operator enters the cloud fray, eager to grasp market share from incumbent IT service providers and data centre operators with cloud offerings that increasingly cover the SaaS, PaaS and IaaS spectrum.
Not only did his firm get named Best International Wholesale Carrier for third consecutive year, but he will also be delivering a Keynote on the below at Cloud World Forum Asia this November.
What is the role of telecom operators in the cloud computing ecosystem?
Enterprises are increasingly turning to the cloud for cost effective international expansion of services into new markets. Cost efficiency however is only one driver of demand. Equally important is improved performance, taking into account data speed, service up-time and robust security.
Telecom operators are uniquely positioned in the cloud ecosystem to be able to meet these key demands as we manage the underlying global networks. Low latency, redundant global networks, robust SLAs, and strong service management are our core capabilities. Managing cloud infrastructure and delivering a robust on-demand service is therefore a natural extension for many Telco service providers.
Managing the application layer and complex data security however is often challenging for many tlecom operators. Forward thinking Telcos are partnering with other experts in the ecosystem, particularly specialist software and cloud orchestration vendors to deliver complete enterprise solutions.
What are the biggest challenges cloud computing is faced with in the immediate future?
Most organisations have already begun to implement cloud services in some form or another and generally they are becoming much more comfortable with the benefits and associated risks.
However, as the market for cloud develops, we see more core business processes of businesses move into the cloud –perceived governance risks and potential data security issues are becoming a much a more important consideration for enterprises in cloud deployment. CIOs need to be reassured that their data, applications and IP are safe. With careful planning, cloud adoption can improve security rather than reduce it.
New Topics for 2013
New Trending Cloud Topics to be covered include:
- Open Stack
- Software Defined Networking & NFV
- Ethernet-powered Cloud
- Cloud gaming
In 2013, we are launching a dedicated co-located session on Big Data!
Our Big Data Congress Asia will help you learn how to make the most of this infinite resource, and explore synergies with Cloud.
It’s the only Cloud event in the region focusing on both the enterprise and telco Cloud segments in dedicated streams. Want to find out more? Download the preview flyer:
Welcome to Our 2013 Sponsors
Telstra, SafeNet, OX and Parallels are already confirmed as 2013 event sponsors and will be once again joined by some of the world’s leading Cloud providers.
For all speaking opportunities and a copy of the draft agenda please contact:
Georgios Kipouros, firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 207 017 7985
You can always find us at www.cloudworldseries.com/asia
There are now only 3 days until the biggest Cloud event in Asia!
The 3rd Annual Cloud World Forum Asia 2012 is taking place at the Eaton Smart Hotel in Hong Kong on the 12 – 14 November 2012.
It is the only place to discuss how cloud computing is transforming telcos and the enterprise across the APAC region. This event is free to attend for operators and enterprises!
There will be:
■ Over 500 senior telco and enterprise representatives
■ 60+ expert speakers from across the region
■ More than 20 global exhibitors in our co-located expo
■ 2 conference streams dividing telco and enterprise seminars
Cloud World Forum Asia
12 – 14 November 2012, Eaton Smart Hotel, Hong Kong
The latest version of the Cloud World Forum Asia brochure is now available to download. View the latest updates on the agenda, workshops, drinks reception and news here:
Ricky Kapur, Managing Director of Google Enterprise for APAC gave an exclusive interview to our Cloud Asia World Forum Conference Manager, Georgios Kipouros on how Google works with telcos in the world of Cloud Computing.
Ricky will be speaking on day 1 of the conference (13 November 2012) at 14.50 in the Telco Stream. The event is free to attend for Operators and Enterprises.
Register your pass: http://cloudworldseries.com/asia/register.html
Read the full interview below:
• What is the role of telecom operators in the Cloud Computing ecosystem?
What we’re seeing is telcos playing multiple roles in the value chain of Cloud Computing. I would like to underline the three core roles:
a) They are providing infrastructure for the public cloud. Indeed, telcos across APAC provide clusters of infrastructure and rent out that capacity to various enterprises customers, from SMES to larger organisations.
b) They are starting to provide various software solutions leveraging that infrastructure offer. As such they are now increasing providing value add services to their client base.
c) They are investing a lot in bandwidth that allows to allow the Cloud economics to maximise their potential. In this direction, we work very closely with the telecom providers to make sure that we realise the true potential of Cloud Computing.
• How does Google work with telcos in the Cloud?
We work with telcos in multiple levels, in fact we’re partnering across many different areas. Bandwidth is indeed a core part of this collaboration, and we’re working continuously with service providers across the region in this direction.
Let’s start with Google Enterprise where we work with telcos in a variety of ways. As part of our extensive partnerships, we provide a number of our Value services for their customers, for eg Messaging & Collaboration Solutions and Google Apps. We also offer a number of other services like Googlemaps and location based services too, that are very popular in the service provider community.
The last but not least bit of this symbiotic relationship is that fact that several telcos use our Demo operations efficiency service. As such, they are themselves consuming our products to optimise internal efficiency and drive revenue.
• In APAC what are the biggest challenges Cloud Computing is faced with in the immediate future?
Most customers understand that the change the Cloud can offer them in terms of cost management and agility is unbelievable. However, there are still two major constrains.
The main challenge is around perceptions of security and data protection/privacy. We put a lot of effort to get the customers to understand that this is an area we have worked on extensively. We design our Cloud applications and architecture to operate in a level of security that is comprehensive and in fact much better than anything that could be achieved internally in a business.
The second challenge is really bandwidth, particularly relevant for emerging markets, like for eg Indonesia. In a number of APAC countries bandwidth is expensive and is still relatively slow and investments need to be made to drive this bandwidth. In this regard, we’re working closely with our business partners and telcos to drive bandwidth growth and support the advent of Cloud Computing.
• What are the future plans of Google in the Cloud arena? (more…)