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LIVE WEBCAST: Delivering More for Less? Cloud Computing to Improve Services and Reduce Government IT Expenditure during the Financial Crisis, June 16

From: Oleg P.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 9:10 PM
      You are invited to participate in person or via live webcast/social media
in this Government Transformation Initiative Workshop:

 Delivering More for Less? Cloud Computing to Improve Services and Reduce
Government IT Expenditure during the Financial Crisis
Date/time: June 16, 2009, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. (All times Washington DC)

You can watch live and recorded webcast at:­evelopment/live

      ?The rise of the cloud is more than just another platform shift that gets
geeks excited. It will undoubtedly transform the IT industry, but it will also
profoundly change the way people work and companies operate.??The Economist,
?Let it Rise,? 10/23/08

      Governments spend considerable amounts on IT, with the aim to improve
efficiency, transparency, and to deliver more interactive services to citizens
and businesses.  Cloud computing is a fundamentally new approach to IT, which
may lead to significant cost savings. At a time of financial crisis and of major
fiscal constraints, cloud computing may be key to contain government
expenditures. This workshop will discuss the emergence of cloud computing and
the advantages that it offers in terms of cost savings in particular. The
workshop will also highlight various challenges that need to be addressed with a
special focus on connectivity, business models, efficiency, reliability,
integration, security, privacy and interoperability issues.

 The key objective of this workshop is to demystify and clarify the concept of
cloud computing for both World Bank staff and our country clients. There is a
lot of confusion around this idea with over 20 definitions offered so far by
various parties. The workshop will also clarify the potential role of the World
Bank and other development organizations in helping developing countries to
realize this opportunity.

      This workshop is organized by the World Bank Global ICT Department and the
World Bank Institute as part of the new Government Transformation Initiative - a
joint effort of the World Bank Group, governments and the private sector in
support of ICT-enabled public sector transformation.

      Cloud computing is a relatively new approach that is still evolving. In
order for governments, particularly in developing and transition countries, to
embrace it, several serious questions must be addressed, including the

" Can developing countries leapfrog government transformation goals by using the
cloud computing approach? Can they really deliver more and better services for
much less? Is it the right time for developing country governments to experiment
with this approach? What ate the quick wins/low hanging fruits?
" Hosting of applications/data across borders: under what circumstances will
governments allow their applications to be hosted on an offshore technology
platform? Data security: can personal information on citizens/businesses be
adequately safeguarded in a cloud environment?
" Data portability: how can governments avoid being locked into one service
provider's data architecture? Can interested governments agree on common data
architecture for specific applications which could be purchased on a transaction
basis (e.g., business, collateral, citizen, leasing, land and other registries)?
How to achieve the threshold requirements for broadband infrastructure needed to
support cloud-based government applications?
" How should governments and development agencies adjust their legal and
procurement policies and procedures to enable this approach? How can this be
accommodated within World Bank lending operations?
" How to plan, design and finance e-Government projects to fully leverage the
advantages of cloud computing?
" What is the transition strategy for developing countries? Are private
"government clouds" an interim solution which should be promoted?
" What is the available supply of cloud computing services for key government
applications?  How can the World Bank Group encourage the development of
integrated and interoperable cloud applications for governments, similar to the
enterprise systems which have been developed for private sector businesses?
Should governments and development agencies be looking at specific institutional
models for delivery of services within this environment, for example, grouping
registries under one institution?
" What is the appropriate role for the World Bank and other development
organizations in facilitating this agenda?

      Workshop website: http://go.worldba...­

            Workshop Agenda

      Date/time: June 16, 2009, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. (All times Washington DC)

            9:00 am   Opening Session
      Sites Introductions: Armenia, Belarus, Ghana, Kenya, Moldova, Russia,
Zimbabwe (TBC), Washington DC, Webcast/Social media

      Chair Welcome: Philippe Dongier, Sector Manager, Global ICT Department,
World Bank
      Opening Remarks: PREM, WBI and OPCS Managers to be confirmed

      9:15 am Global Overview and Lessons from Implementers
      Drue Reeves, Research Director for Cloud Computing, Burton Group
      Bob Bennett, CEO of Family Service Agency of San Francisco

      10:45 am  Break

      11:00 pm Industry Perspectives: Panel Discussion
      Dan Burton (
      Rizwan Khaliq (IBM)
      Andres Escobero (SUN)
      Noah Sandidge (Microsoft)
      Calvin Tu (Oracle)

      12:00 pm Country  Perspectives
      Armenia, Belarus, Ghana, Kenya, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, Zimbabwe (TBC)

      12:55 pm Closing Remarks
       Philippe Dongier, Sector Manager, Global ICT Department, World Bank


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