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Focus on cloud transformation

On the second day of the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2018, specialized sessions presented by 11 speakers covered tracks on Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, and Blockchain Technology. On the topic ‘Operating on Cloud Computing’, AWS Enterprise Strategist from the UK Thomas Blood presented the impact of the cloud technology on structures and entities’ work mechanisms. He also added that organizations are facing changing environments in terms of customers’ high expectations as well as rapid and constant changes.

“Public entities also have existing advantages such as deep knowledge, skilled and committed employees, financial resources and customer base.” He further stressed that everything in the world today became software, innovation is inexpensive and that according to his notion, organizations must ‘Think big, start small and go fast’.

On the same topic, Center of Technology in Government and Research Director Dr. Theresa Pardo spoke about transformation of cloud computing and its adoption by having a clear vision that is based on three success factors represented in having top leadership support; deep understanding of management, policy, and technology; strategic planning as well as a culture of coordination and shared decision-making which will massively assist in expanding the spread of adopting the cloud.

Dr. Pardo also highlighted the US experience in cloud computing by indicating that cloud adoption rates have risen from 0.3 percent in 2010 to 7pc in 2016. Additionally, very small and largest companies have the highest rates and are the heaviest adopters of cloud computing.