The regulatory and legal environment for Cloud computing innovation in Australia is not up to scratch, according to a new study from BSA.
Since 2013, Australia has dropped its ranking from 2nd to 6th place out of 24 global IT economies.
BSA senior director of policy APAC, Jared Ragland, said the report is a wake-up call for all governments to work together to ensure the benefits of the Cloud around the globe.
“It is encouraging that Australia remains a leader in promoting Cloud computing. Australia’s slide in the ranking suggests that it must redouble its efforts to keep pace with global leaders in promoting Cloud innovation policies. Countries around the globe must recognise their policies affect the global Cloud marketplace,” he added.
The top five countries in the rankings are Japan, US, Germany, Canada and France.
The biggest improvers in overall rankings are South Africa (up six places) and Canada (up five places).
Additionally, few countries are promoting policies of free trade or harmonisation of Cloud computing policies. In particular, Russia and China have imposed new policies that will hinder Cloud computing by limiting the ability of Cloud computing service providers to adequately move data across borders.