Analysis of cloud best practices and pilots for the public sector

Authors: Bea MahieuTobias DudenbostelFlora GiarraccaBarbara GoodMartijn PoelJon van TilVincent BonneauJulien GaudemerTiana Ramahandry

Language: English

Publication date: 4th January 2013

In September 2012, the European Commission adopted a strategy for ”Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe”. The strategy outlines actions to deliver a net gain of 2.5 million new European jobs, and an annual boost of €160 billion to the European Union GDP (around 1%), by 2020. The Commission considers the public sector having a key role to play in shaping the cloud computing market.

Technopolis and IDATE were commissioned a study to provide a detailed and up-to-date analysis of cloud initiatives at national level and deployments in the public sector in ten Member States. The main objective was to contribute to an increase in the adoption of cloud-based services and applications in the public sector in Europe by enhancing the awareness on their benefits and value. For this purpose, best practice use cases were identified and pilots were proposed for those application areas where current cloud take-up is absent or however limited.

The study showed that in the ten Member States covered (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom), the deployment of cloud in the public sector is at a very early stage. The Member States have taken very different approaches regarding cloud in terms of applications covered, type of infrastructure, relationships with e-government applications, or overall ICT and innovation policy. These approaches were clustered into three main emerging models (with their best practices): procurement and marketplace; resource pooling; and standalone applications. The pilots identified by the study are: business portals and commercial registers; transport information services; research and education sector; health sector; cargo and logistics.

The Commission is now using the identified models for the uptake of cloud computing in the public sector in its cloud deployment and awareness-raising studies; the pilot actions will be launched in the context of the European Cloud Partnership.

The country case studies are available to download