How the Cloud can help us plan for Brexit
The deployment of cloud technologies mayhelp ease some of the planning necessary to help shape the new post-Brexit political and economic landscape, says John Glover, sales & marketing director at Kahootz
Although the country voted to Brexit it is clear that very little detailed thinking or scenario planning had actually been done by the Leave campaigners.
Remaining positive, they avoided discussing the many issues that would need resolution, arguing that the future is full of uncertainties whichever way the population voted. The urgent problem, to work out the detail, develop smooth transition plans and identify essential changes to policies and regulations, has been dumped at the door of resource constrained Whitehall departments.
If the government was looking for a transformational agenda, it certainly has one now! The challenge for the government is to gather together the best resources and expertise they have without delay, to be ready for the ticking Article 50 clock.
With so many departments and key stakeholders impacted by this seismic event, the collaborative and consultative effort required should not be under-estimated. Given horrendous time constraints that are beyond their control, the last thing civil servants need now is to worry about lengthy procurement processes, particularly for the essential ICT tools they will now need to facilitate stakeholder engagement and to collaboratively work towards Brexit.
Fortunately we may be in better shape than we think as recent government ICT policy has already stimulated development of shared service arrangements and promoted the adoption of Cloud technologies in order to improve business agility and support new ways of working.
As Cloud technologies can be quickly procured (via the G-Cloud), deployed and be made available beyond organisational boundaries, some of the ICT operational challenges that Brexit planners would have otherwise faced, can be overcome.
As an SME, Kahootz has been a direct beneficiary of changes to the status quo regarding ICT procurement across the UK public sector. We have witnessed first-hand how new, pragmatic methods of assessing Cloud security are making it easier for departments to work better with partner agencies and to securely share information outside of proprietary government networks, making it much easier for them to involve key stakeholders and industry partners. Many Cloud technologies, such as our Kahootz collaboration service, can be consumed on an elastic pay-per-use basis.
An organic procurement methodology should help to remove many of the risks involved in budgeting for shared ICT infrastructure services where capacity requirements are a moving target.
With so many unknowns, who can really forecast how many stakeholders need to be involved in policy development, changes to regulation, and Brexit planning? How quickly will we be able to react as 'Team UK' once the EU reacts to our initial proposals?
Ironically as we take steps towards leaving the EU collective, it is essential the government, businesses and stakeholder groups quickly learn to collaborate effectively without boundaries. It's not going to be an easy process, but using Cloud technologies may offer something of a silver lining.
John Glover is sales & marketing director at Kahootz