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Thailand improves ranking on cloud computing scorecard

Mar 07. 2018
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The Software Alliance (BSA) has released its 2018 Global Cloud Computing Scorecard, a flagship study that assesses cloud computing policies around the globe.

Thailand ranks 19th out of 24 leading IT economies, compared to its ranking of 21st in 2016, indicating that the legal and regulatory environment for cloud computing in Thailand is improving, although significant gaps remain.

The 2018 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard is the newest version of the only report to rank countries’ preparedness for the adoption and growth of cloud computing services. It is said to feature an updated methodology that better reflects the policies that have helped cloud computing’s exponential growth over the past five years, putting additional emphasis on countries’ privacy and cybersecurity laws and broadband infrastructure. 

In 2018, most countries continue to make improvements, but some markets are falling further behind, the report said.

Germany scored the highest on the scorecard – due to its national cybersecuritypolicies and promotion of free trade – followed closely by Japan and the United States. Bringing up the rear are a small group of nations that have failed to embrace the international approach: Russia, China, Indonesia and Vietnam.

“The scorecard is a tool that can help countries constructively self-evaluate their policies and determine next steps to increase adoption of cloud computing,” said Victoria Espinel, president and chied executive officer of BSA.

“Cloud computing allows anyone to access technology previously available only to large organisations, paving the way for increased connectivity and innovation.

“Countries that embrace the free flow of data, implement cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions, protect intellectual property, and establish IT infrastructure will continue to reap the benefits of cloud computing for businesses and citizens alike.”

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