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The Connected Government Summit 2010 in Mombasa Kenya from 29th March to 1st April (http://www.ict.go.ke/connectedgov/).  The theme of the summit was Shared
Services: Enhancing Service Delivery to Citizens
.  The shared service model proposed at the
summit seeks to consolidate the IT function across ministries and agencies into
a single, stand-alone unit.   

Benefits of this model included improved efficiency and service quality in service provision, cost reduction and standardization processing environments (http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/How%20shared%20services%20can%20...). 


I would like to know if there is a difference between this shared model and a ‘private cloud’ which would be deployed for the exclusive use of a single organisation and that resides within their data center and
therefore within their control (http://www.oracle.com/technology/oramag/oracle/10-mar/o20interview....)?


What are the challenges? Risks?


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Dear Mwende,

Your discussion on cloud computing was posted some months ago. I would like us to revist the topic again. I see cloud computing as a must for governments to deploy, in order to provide services to citizens in economically and efficient manner. This will ensure that silos are done away with and more collaboration among government departments is encouraged. I know for now security and privacy seems to be a hurdle in the adoption of cloud computing. Is there any member of the group who has been part of the implementation of cloud computing?    

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