The newly released national cloud computing strategy for Australia has been met with praise by leading industry group OzHub, who say the 'government-first' approach is a critical milestone.
The national cloud computing strategy was released by communications minister Stephen Conroy at the recent CeBIT business technology trade show in Sydney.
The strategy outlines the federal government's vision for cloud computing in Australia, setting out three core goals to help support the Australian adoption of this technology.
One of the key aspects of the new strategy is the positioning of the federal government as a leader in the use of cloud services for greater efficiency and the delivery of better services for the public.
As part of this goal, government decision makers are encouraged to evaluate the benefits of cloud services and government agencies are required to consider public cloud services for new IT procurements.
The strategy has been welcomed by OzHub, who state that the guidance of the government will help to promote cloud to other users such as small businesses, not-for-profits and Australian consumers.
"From the time it was established as the representative of the Australian cloud industry, OzHub has argued that it was crucial for the government to demonstrate best-practice as a consumer," OzHub chairman Matt Healy said in a May 29 statement.
"The understanding and commitment to cloud has been patchy across government agencies. The direction by the minister setting an expectation and providing a set of actions to help agencies get on board is what is needed to break through this resistance."
The Victorian government is well placed to take advantage of the cloud computing trend, as it already utilises a legal services management system from Yarris called Yarris Legal Gateway.
Yarris Legal Gateway is a cloud-based software package which works to streamline the legal e-procurement process for large corporations and governments, providing more effective management of services.