Cloud computing poses particular challenges and opportunities for the public sector. The nature of the cloud requires re-examination of the public policy and government responsibility requirements generally applied to ICT functions. While promises of increased speed, functionality, reach, and efficiencies are genuine, transitioning to the cloud can put unique stresses on conventional ICT requirements and give rise to issues not encountered in segregated, stand-alone computing installations.
Work has been done on creating typologies of cloud computing service function levels and models of services. Different coalitions have proposed requirements lists that address specific levels of cloud activity. Still, there is little help available to governments for integrating those lists into common, readily-understood rules that inform tests or acquisition criteria, and there is little openly available, vendor-neutral information for mapping these requirements to existing ICT standards.
The International Cloud Symposium (ICS) was designed to facilitate discussions between public sector administrators and Cloud experts on a global level. The interactive nature of ICS encourages attendees to share their recommendations on what “required” functional elements and measurable criteria should be present in cloud computing services or installations. In this context, "should be present" refers to aspects of a cloud service or installation that are likely to be necessary in order to satisfy the public policy aspects, governmental reliability and stability requirements, responsibility to citizens and constituent stakeholders, and broad, platform-neutral accessibility that generally are expected and desirable from useful, long-term government ICT resources. The Symposium highly recommends that all participants join in on the discussions. Everyone is welcome to share their experiences and recommendations, as well as, hear the latest on the new advances in security, privacy and trust being developed by OASIS and other international organizations.
ICS will combine high-profile keynote speakers, interactive roundtable sessions, moderated debates, and demonstrations of cloud implementations. Productive networking time will complement each day's agenda.
Participation is open to professionals responsible for developing, influencing and managing ICT policy for public, private, academic, and global institutional sectors. ICS attendees include:
• chief information officers • chief technology officers • strategy directors • compliance and policy managers • IT directors • infrastructure directors • heads of shared services • directors of information compliance and assurance
Central government departments and bodies, local authorities, businesses, regional development agencies, local strategic partnerships, and academia will be represented In order to facilitate meaningful interaction, participation will be limited to 150 attendees. Participants will be encouraged to share their cloud computing experiences (negative and positive) throughout the two-day program.
- What is the take-away
Two days of compelling content and networking is only the start.
ICS is a continuum series of annual events, each one building on the experiences and conclusions drawn from previous gatherings. The Symposia are held on a different continent each year, in an effort to encompass global perspectives.
Unlike traditional “sit, listen, and leave” conferences, ICS provides an interactive experience that produces valuable, actionable outcomes. Participants become part of an actively engaged community sounding board that generates productive ideas, activities, and alliances during and between events.
At the conclusion of this year’s ICS, a recap will be made of points raised, lessons learned, gaps identified, and paths charted. The Program Committee will publish a summary document outlining these issues and mapping out a way forward that may include the creation of new OASIS Technical Committees and other working groups chartered to develop relevant standards, specifications, profiles, and/or best practices.