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LIVE WEBCAST: Delivering More for Less? Demystifying Cloud Computing as Enabler of Government Transformation, June 16

From: Oleg P.
Sent on: Monday, June 15, 2009 5:54 PM
You are invited to participate via live webcast/Twitter 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:

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. Cloud computing is a new outsourcing
approach for the deployment of ICT solutions.  It entails use over the Internet
of computing hardware and software infrastructure and applications that are
remotely hosted and managed by a service provider.  Under this model, client
organizations pay a fee for use of the ICT solution and need not invest in the
infrastructure nor have the skills to manage it.  Because the cloud
infrastructure is regularly upgraded, users always have access to the latest
hardware and software without having to upgrade or patch legacy systems.

The workshop will discuss the emergence of cloud computing and the advantages
that it offers, particularly in terms of cost savings. 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 is to clarify the rather misty 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

This workshop is organized by the World Bank's Global ICT Department and other
partners as part of the Government Transformation Initiative, a collaboration
between World Bank and the private sector aimed at supporting government leaders
pursuing 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, some questions must be addressed, including the following:

 Can developing countries leapfrog government transformation goals by using the
cloud computing approach? Is it the right time for developing country
governments to experiment with this approach?,
Hosting of applications/data across borders: under what circumstances will
governments allow their applications to be hosted on an offshore technology
Data security: can personal information on citizens/businesses be adequately
safeguarded in a cloud environment?
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?
What is the transition strategy for developing countries? Are private
?government clouds? an interim solution which should be promoted?
What is the appropriate role for the World Bank and other development

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

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