Posted December 2, 2011
ITAC held a very successful meeting with senior government officials on cloud computing in the federal government. David MacDonald, CEO of Softchoice, is the ITAC champion working to raise the level of adoption of transformative technologies such as cloud computing within the federal government. Through his committee, he combined the need to use transformative technologies with a new collaborative approach with government. This approach created a greenfield environment where Canada’s CIO and CIOs from many departments felt comfortable hearing from industry and discussing the use of cloud computing—while they were still in the information-gathering stage.
As a result, we are participating in the creation of new approaches that the government might follow regarding cloud computing—a breakthrough for ITAC.
We have already heard that government will want to continue the dialogue, and we will continue to work to initiate new dialogue using the greenfield approach. It is one small win on the road to achieving better outcomes with government. Thanks to David Mac Donald for investing his time and energy to help this happen, and to all the other representatives of our membership who participated.