Canada rises five places to 4th on BSA's cloud computing readiness index

Improvements in privacy law, cybercrime law, intellectual property protection and gains in information technology (IT) infrastructure are responsible for lifting Canada into the top five of the 2016 Global Cloud Computing Scorecard, according to The Software Alliance (BSA), a leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and the international marketplace.

BSA ranked 24 countries that account for 80% of the world's IT markets. The survey grades each country on seven key policy areas, including data privacy, security, cybercrime, intellectual property rights, support for industry-led standards and international harmonization of rules, promoting free trade, IT readiness and broadband deployment.

The importance of cloud computing readiness

Cloud computing allows individuals, businesses and governments the ability to quickly and efficiently access technology in a cost-effective manner, enabling better connectivity, productivity and competitiveness. A recent Oxford Economics/SAP survey of 200 global Chief Innovation Officers (CIOs) reveals that 44% of enterprises are relying on cloud computing to launch new business models today. Three years from now, that number is expected to increase to 55%. Meanwhile, only 1% of respondents say cloud computing is not part of their company's business strategy, as 69% of enterprises expect to make moderate-to-heavy cloud investments over the next three years as they migrate core business functions to the cloud. This underscores the importance of efforts by policy makers and cloud service providers to develop an internationally harmonized regime of laws and regulations to promote cloud computing innovation. The results of BSA's Global Cloud Computing Scorecard indicate that Canada is gaining momentum toward this end.

It is promising that Canada has moved up in the rankings, and shows that since 2013 Canada has strengthened its commitment to cloud innovation policies…The report is a wakeup call for all governments to work together to ensure the benefits of the cloud around the globe.

– Victoria Espinel, president and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance

Read the report: 2016 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard

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