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The UK risks losing ground on international competition in being seen as a solid home for customers looking for cloud services.
When it comes to comparing the state of ‘cloud readiness’ between countries the UK has slipped down the rankings complied by the BSA | The Software Alliance, indicating that more work needs to be done to improve the regulatory environment.
In the latest rankings the UK has dropped two places since last year, and has been overtaken by Italy and Canada who both climbed up the table.
The finger has been pointed at outdated data registration laws that are acting as a barrier to some cloud services. It is a difficult tightrope for the government to tread between protecting information and creating the sort of environment where cloud services can flourish.
“It’s worrying to see the UK starting to fall behind other faster-moving nations in creating policies which enable cloud innovation,” said Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance.
“It’s critical for global leading nations like the UK to be on the front-foot in creating robust policy frameworks fit for the digital age to prevent protectionism, so governments, businesses and consumers can benefit from the various benefits cloud computing offers. The report is a wakeup call for all governments to work together to ensure the benefits of the cloud around the globe,” she added.
The top five
The top ‘cloud ready’ countries that have decent cyber and data protection laws according the the 2016 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard are:
The UK sits in 9th position.
The danger is that despite the best efforts of the channel to provide decent cloud services on the ground some of the decisions at a European level, about where data is going to be stored, might benefit other countries more than the UK.
The main European competitors that the UK has to overcome are Germany, France and Italy.
There is also a growing threat from those countries that have traditionally lagged behind because of a lack of robust cyber and data protection laws, as the likes of Thailand, Brazil and Vietnam, start to climb up the international rankings.
This is the third year that the 2016 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard has come out and since that time the UK has slipped further away from the top of the table, dropping three places since 2012