2013 BSA Global Cloud COMPUTING Scorecard

A Clear Path to Progress

The 2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard — the first-ever report to track year-over-year change in the international policy landscape for cloud computing — shows that cloud readiness is improving, if unevenly. These findings come against the backdrop of the massive and well-documented movement to cloud services by consumers, businesses, and governments. What hasn’t been documented until now is the less steady improvement in the policy environment to support global cloud computing, with some countries making big strides to improve their cloud readiness while others, including some of the world’s largest technology markets, have stalled or even backtracked.  

All of these changes are significant because, based on the global opportunity that cloud computing presents, each country’s policy changes will alter not just that country’s environment but the global market for cloud computing as a whole. Every day, more and more evidence points to the importance of cloud computing to global growth. One recent study found that public and private IT cloud services will produce nearly 14 million jobs worldwide by 2015 — and more than half of those jobs will come from small and medium-sized businesses.1 The study goes on to predict that cloud computing will generate as much as $1.1 trillion in annual revenue by 2015.

This global growth, though, is contingent on an increasingly global policy environment as envisioned by the BSA Scorecard. As outlined in last year’s report, numerous issues must be addressed and all countries would benefit from coordinated policy responses that would enable governments, businesses, and the public to take full advantage of cloud computing.