Ottawa, ON…CATAAlliance, Canada’s One Voice for Innovation lobby group, has given a thumbs up to the Government of Canada’s move to public cloud, announced on February 7th by Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and minister responsible for Shared Services Canada (SSC).
The department will team up with the Treasury Board Secretariat and partner agencies as a cloud broker, including providing government funds for public cloud projects, determining solutions of choice, and also supporting security, operations, and IT assistance.
CATA CEO, John Reid, fully agreed with the Minister’s statement, noting, “ The cloud will allow the Government of Canada to harness the innovation of private-sector providers to make its information technology more agile. Cloud services will make it easier for Canadians to access new digital services and programs such as geospatial systems which support our scientists and city planners.”
In January, 2016 CATA launched a Cloud 1st for Canada Advocacy Initiative, putting forward eight points which the association believes will help Canada boost its tech standing:
CATA said that the blueprint should also include the harmonization of international rules, promotion of free trade, removal of access barriers and the establishment of necessary IT infrastructures.
At the time of this Cloud 1st for Canada launch, CATA CEO, John Reid ( IT World Canada ) said, “We are lagging behind other nations in cloud technology adoption because we have become very comfortable with legacy and traditional structures,” adding, “We have to change our mindset…and the government can help nurture and direct a bolder vision and strategy through legislation and policy.”
Reid concluded, “ We congratulate the Minister for her Cloud leadership as Canada embraces forward looking public policies to support innovation in Canada.”
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