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Thailand moves up slightly in ‘Cloud Computing Scorecard’

Apr 26. 2016
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By The Nation

IN A NEW study by The Software Alliance (BSA) that assessed cloud-computing policies around the globe, Thailand ranks 21st out of 24 leading information-technology economies, up from 23rd in 2013.

The finding is a sign that the legal and regulatory environment for cloud computing in Thailand is improving, the US-based organisation says.

The “2016 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard” ranks the cloud-computing readiness of 24 countries that account for 80 per cent of the world’s IT markets. Each country is graded on its strengths and weaknesses in seven key policy areas.

Cloud computing allows anyone – a start-up, an individual consumer, a government or a small business – to access technology quickly and efficiently in a cost-effective way. These services in open the door to unprecedented connectivity, productivity and competitiveness.

This year’s results reveal that almost all countries have made healthy improvements in their policy environments since the release of BSA’s previous Scorecard in 2013. But the stratification between high- middle- and lower-achieving country groups has widened, with the middle-ranking countries stagnating even as the high achievers continue to refine their policy environments.

“It is promising that Thailand has moved up in the rankings,” said Jared Ragland, senior director for policy, APAC, with BSA.

“Since 2013 Thailand has improved its intellectual-property laws and IT infrastructure,” said Jared Ragland, senior director for policy, APAC, with BSA. “However, there is still work to be done, and Thailand should proceed with enacting important privacy legislation and avoid barriers such as Internet censorship and technology mandates.

“Countries around the globe must recognise their policies affect the global cloud marketplace. The report is a wake-up call for all governments to work together to ensure the benefits of the cloud around the globe.”

In terms of overall ranking, the biggest improvers are South Africa (moving up six places) and Canada (moving up five places).

The top five countries in the rankings are Japan, the United States, Germany, Canada and France.

Notably, Thailand, Brazil and Vietnam, despite trailing in the rankings, continue to make significant and consistent gains and are closing their gap with mid-tier countries.

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