Cloud computing and public administration: approaches in several European countries

Open access

Abstract

The Digital Agenda for Europe 2020 has more objectives from increasing the participation of its citizens and consumers in the digital society to creating a fully interconnected society. These objectives can be supported through a high degree of digitization achieved at public administration level and an increased performance in delivering public services. Cloud computing is one of the ICT areas with a fast growth in the last years that presents a big promise for achieving the objectives of the Digital Agenda for Europe 2020. This paper aims to present what cloud computing is and how it can help the public administration to increase its performance. From Infrastructure as a Service continuing with Platform as a Service and moving up to Software as a Service each level of cloud computing is presented in here with its strong and weak points and how it is suitable for a given use case in public administration. The challenges and the risks of moving to cloud and the differences between public, private and hybrid cloud are also presented in the paper. The research done by the author is both theoretical and literature review and combines knowledge from different areas. An analysis and examples of cloud computing approach and implementation in several European Union countries are presented in this paper to facilitate the understanding of the subject. Cloud computing can help public administration to decrease costs, standardize services in different locations, integrate public resources and provide a higher transparency in the government act.

If the inline PDF is not rendering correctly, you can download the PDF file here.

  • Chellappa R.K. (1997) Intermediaries in Cloud-Computing: A New Computing Paradigm INFORMS Annual Meeting.

  • Destefani Neto M. (2014) A brief history of cloud computing. Retrieved from https://www.ibm.com/blogs/cloud-computing/2014/03/a-brief-history-of-cloud-computing-3/.

  • Draoli M. (2014) D3.2 - Public Sector Study. FP7-610650 Cloud for Europe. Retrieved from http://www.cloudforeurope.eu/documents/10179/40740/Public+sector+study/6408e32b-dfe9-4f13-b1bc-e410ecb71323.

  • EAR Online Position Paper. Doelarchitectuur Rijks Application Store(RAS). Retrieved from http://www.earonline.nl/images/earpub/1/1f/140501_Position_Paper_RAS_-_Definitief.pdf.

  • European Commission (2010) Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament the Council the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. A Digital Agenda for Europe. Retrieved from http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52010DC0245R(01)&From=EN.

  • European Commission. (2012). Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament the Council the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe. Retrieved from http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2012:0529:FIN:EN:PDF.

  • European Commission. (2015). eGovernment in Romania January 2015 Edition 12.0. Retrieved from https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/sites/default/files/egov_in_romania_-_january_2015_-_v.12.0_final.pdf.

  • European Commission. (2015). eGovernment in the United Kingdom February 2015 Edition 17. Retrieved from https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/sites/default/files/egov_in_united_kingdom_-_february_2015_-_v17_final.pdf.

  • European Commission. (2016) eGovernment in Slovakia February 2016 Edition 18.0. Retrieved from https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ckeditor_files/files/eGovernment%20in%20Slovakia%20-%20February2016_v1_00.pdf.

  • European Commission (2016) eGovernment in Spain February 2016 Edition 18.0. Retrieved from https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ckeditor_files/files/eGovernment%20in%20Spain%20-%20February%202016%20-%2018_0_4_00.pdf.

  • IBM Institute for Business Value (2012) The power of cloud. Retrieved from https://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/us/en/assets/power-of-cloud-for-bus-model-innovation.pdf.

  • Microsoft United Kingdom G-Cloud v6 Official. Retrieved from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/trustcenter/Compliance/UK-G-Cloud.

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology U.S. Department of Commerce (2011) The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing. Recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Retrieved from http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/Legacy/SP/nistspecialpublication800-145.pdf.

  • Tweneboah-Koduah S. Endicott-Popovsky B. Tsetse A. (2014). Barriers to Government Cloud Adoption. International Journal of Managing Information Technology 6 3. Retrieved from http://airccse.org/journal/ijmit/papers/6314ijmit01.pdf.

Search
Journal information
Cited By
Metrics
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 595 134 4
PDF Downloads 350 110 5