Measuring the economic potential of cloud computing in Poland

17 April 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

When looking at some of the most talked about topics in technology today, not surprisingly, cloud computing continues to enjoy a comfortable place at the top. The cloud offers organizations an entirely new way to approach IT and, with it, realize many benefits. From infrastructure consolidation to “on-demand” business models that allow organizations to provision IT resources as needed, listing the benefits of cloud computing is easy. The real test, particularly in government, is measuring the economic impact that cloud computing can yield at the national level.

Countries, like any business, want to make sure they’re getting the most value from their investments. However, in the public sector this notion of value stretches far beyond internal savings and efficiencies to include a host of other considerations, including how technology can improve overall national competitiveness and quality of life for citizens. In today’s post, I’d like to share a recent report that explores this topic, looking at the economic potential of cloud computing in Poland.

The report, entitled “Cloud Computing: Flexibility, Efficiency, Security,” looks at the economic potential of cloud computing in Poland across four sectors: education, healthcare, public administration and the small and medium-sized enterprise sector. Among other findings, the report points out how cloud adoption can boost business competitiveness in Poland and contribute to overall GDP. In addition, the report discusses how the cloud can help the government of Poland improve public spending and enhance citizen services by streamlining/improving agency functions.

While focused on Poland, the report has broad implications for the international community. It is one of few studies that show how cloud computing technology can be linked to the competitiveness of a nation’s business sector and overall economy, as well as how the cloud can improve citizen services and the overall efficiency of government operations. These are universal goals shared across the public sector, and we look forward to sharing future studies like this with our community. 

If you’d like to learn more about the study, check out a video summary on our website. I also invite you to visit our dedicated cloud computing website for more information on the impact that the cloud can bring your organization.

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Michele Bedford Thistle
Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

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About the Author

Michele Bedford Thistle | Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Michele is focused on sharing stories from government customers creating real impact for citizens, employees, economies, and students. She joined the worldwide team from Microsoft Canada, where she was also marketing lead for several technology start-ups.