In the recently concluded policy workshop on cloud computing organized by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT) and the Information Technology Association of the Philippines (ITAP) dubbed, “Leveraging the Cloud to Promote Sustainable Development,” Microsoft Philippines expressed its support to promote cloud computing services as an effective solution in organizing government and commercial infrastructures.
“We, at Microsoft, recognize the advantages of deploying cloud computing services, which can enhance work productivity, enable better business processes, and support green computing. We support the government and private sector in their advocacy of cloud computing and we recognize its potential to spur economic activity and job generation,” said Dondi Mapa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Philippines and one of the speakers during the event.
The workshop aimed to increase the awareness of integrating cloud computing in business and government operations as well as to ensure that appropriate policies are in place. During the event, BSA showcased and launched its comparative study called the “APAC Digital Economy and Cloud Computing Scorecard 2011,” which evaluates 14 Asia Pacific countries on the readiness of their legal and regulatory frameworks for the deployment of cloud computing.
According to the study, Asia has the potential to become the worldwide hub for cloud computing services. “There is growth in the economies in the Asia Pacific region and the idea of integrating cloud computing to the local economies can improve the competitiveness, productivity and efficiency of various businesses and enable them to experience sustainable job growth and higher wages,” said Roger Somerville, Senior Director for Software Policy in Asia Pacific, BSA.
“The region has the potential to become the worldwide hub for cloud computing services and for the Philippines to participate in this endeavor, it should enable secure and safe infrastructures for its businesses. The Philippines can maximize cloud computing services and be able to generate greater benefits that will improve economic growth and attain sustainable development,” added Somerville.
The BSA Cloud Computing Scorecard serves as the key to inform the key stakeholders of what is needed to revise existing policies that will help shape the Philippines into a strong innovation-based nation. Some of the other findings of the study include some gaps in legal protection in the Philippines for cloud computing and the digital economy.
Microsoft reiterates its support to help impart the security of cloud computing as well as how people can benefit from moving to the cloud. “Cloud computing offers an economical way to improve government performance, enables reduced operating cost, reduced energy requirements, access from anywhere, massive flexibility and reduced security burden. The largest barrier to cloud adoption is data security, but with Microsoft’s Windows Azure, we are making sure that we do our best to keep information secure and guarded against unauthorized access,” stressed Mapa.
“We will continue to work with the government and other private organizations to transform the country into a globally-competitive nation and help the Asia Pacific region move a notch higher in the field of cloud computing,” concluded Mapa.
Aside from Mapa, the other speakers during the workshop were Peter Lovelock, International Institute of Communications; Seow Hiong Goh, Executive Director, Global Policy and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, Cisco Systems; and Christopher Syling, Business Development Manager, Intel Microelectronics Philippines, Inc. These speakers shared their insights on various issues and infrastructures on Cloud Computing, trade agenda and the transformation to open data centers.
Members from various government sectors like the Philippines Senate, House of Representatives, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, National Telecommunications Commission, Department of Science and Technology, Intellectual Property Office, Department of Trade and Industry, CICT and ITAP attended the said event.