Cloud Computing for Development: A Four-Stage Analysis of Public, Private, and Hybrid Solutions

The idea of using the cloud for development is gaining popularity. In a 2013 assessment of “The Cloud Economy and Developing Countries” United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon lauded the cloud’s potential for fostering economic and social development and furthering Millennium Development Goals. A 2016 World Economic Forum report said with help from cloud provided services, “… the financial barriers to new business entry have fallen significantly,” providing both startups and small to medium enterprises the ability to scale and remain resilient. Once an organization decides to switch from its dog-eared, paper-based field data collection system to mobile devices, it should ask itself two questions: Where will the data be stored and what level of data analysis needs to be done? What type of backend storage and computing system best supports our organization’s work

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Cloud Computing for Development: A Four-Stage Analysis of Public, Private, and Hybrid Solutions