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ADSIC hosts cloud computing workshop

Workshop highlighted benefits of cloud and best practices

ADSIC hosts cloud computing workshop
ADSIC hosted the workshop to help Abu Dhabi government entities to understand the potential for cloud computing systems.

Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC), has hosted an interactive workshop on cloud computing for IT managers of 20 key Abu Dhabi Government entities.

The workshop included an interactive roundtable session and evaluation segments, with the objective of shedding the spotlight on the challenges, opportunities and best practice implementation methods of applying cloud computing systems across the Abu Dhabi Government, in efforts to increase public integration, performance and the quality of services offered to the community.

Abdul Karim Al Raeesi, Director of Strategy and Planning at ADSIC said: "Cloud computing potentially presents benefits and added value to the community if managed effectively, and by taking into account the individual opportunities, concerns and needs of government entities. We are also very much aware of the possible challenges that accompany the technology; therefore it was important for us to provide a platform for open discussion and debate, while drawing international best practices on the matter."

Al Raeesi added: "The productive outcomes of the workshop are another step in our journey of e-Government integration in line with our strategic partner's aspirations for safer, smoother and more reliable service outputs and we are committed at ADSIC to continually provide evidence-based data to decision makers to aid in the process of ICT adoption and maintain mutual strategic alignment with our stakeholders."

The workshop was moderated by Neville Cannon, research director at analyst company Gartner. His presentation highlighted success stories and best practices in cloud computing as shown by governments in the US, UK, Canada and the Netherlands. He also outlined the main benefits of the technology, which include cost-effectiveness, enhanced security, agility, augmented information sharing and its immense capacity, while also discussing the possible challenges associated with cloud computing.

ADSIC's presentation highlighted a number of important areas of focus for the ICT regulator, including reinforcing innovation across government services and how to maximize the benefits of these services to the interest of end-users, while seeking new and improved methods of engaging the Abu Dhabi community. The presentation also showcased the Centre's recommendations on how best to implement the required digital transformation by enhancing ICT awareness across all Government bodies, and developing in parallel, a safe and sustainable shared government infrastructure.

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