DataOne Asia, a leading independent provider of IT services in the Philippines, reported to the Philippine Star that more government agencies will be ready to foray into the cloud for their computing needs in 2013. Considered as one of the cloud computing pioneers in the country, DataOne Asia launched in 2012 a cloud-based business productivity and communications service for enterprises that comes with expert, round-the-clock support.
Last year, the Philippines was viewed as many as a promising market for cloud computing when many enterprises, as well as small and medium businesses (SMBs), have learned to adopt the technology in their operations.
President Aquino also recently showed his optimism for a government cloud computing project that will revolutionize childhood education in the country.
Other government officials have also affirmed that outsourcing and cloud technology will be further encouraged this year.
One Asia president and CEO Cyril Rocke said the government adoption of cloud computing technology will be one of the biggest trends in 2013. He cited several compelling reasons for saying so.
"First, government agencies intend to avoid capital expenditures whenever possible, since they cause a long, tedious and sometime risky process. All capital expenditures are subject to Republic Act 9184," Rocke said. “Because the process is long, there is a tendency to ‘over-procure’ which results in unnecessary costs."
Rocke believes that the adoption of cloud computing will downsize the government’s lengthy process of acquiring resources and services, and cut costs.
Aside from this, cloud computing lets government agencies deal with reliable IT service providers, which allows them to save more time, man-hours, skills development and troubleshooting.
The subscription-based procurement of highly customizable cloud computing services also provides numerous benefits to government agencies.
“They can subscribe for one month or several years, and the resources they procure can be increased or decreased on demand. Therefore, the risk of making wrong decisions is eliminated. If the wrong resources or application is procured, the engagement can be easily terminated,” Rocke said.
Another compelling reason Rocke cited that will enable government agencies to turn into cloud computing is that subscription-based services save costs.
"It is generally observed that about 90 percent of computer resources are never used. Eventually, they become obsolete, and will be simply replaced later without having been ever used. This is an enormous waste of public funds," Rocke said.