R Balasubramanian, National BD – Cloud Solutions, HP, says the concept of SMAC is all about collaboration and synchronisation, leading to the evolving concept of ‘my web’
W e live in a world of mobile, so everything should be connected to the mobile. Going by the SMAC—social, mobility, analytics and cloud—thread, it is all about collaboration, and we are headed for the ‘my web’ concept. That is, if you as an identity are present and need services, then everyone comes around and delivers you the services.
Digital e-governance, from the perspective of a citizen, is all about the ‘my web’ concept. As we aspire for greater innovations from the cloud, we also keep in mind the operations side of it, which would make it happen either from the infrastructure or the application angle. The operations part is not something miniscule, it explodes; the complexity, the number of tools – they all explode.
The cloud came up with a promise to show the way to optimise the operations and a way to deliver service-oriented architecture in a self service model. The traditional journey to ramp up the cloud has been used by many organisations, and all of them have gone through multiple ways and deployment models. But what is important finally is the ‘my web’ concept. You need to have the view of all of them together, you need to have applications that work across deployment models.
The cloud-based digital governance is a concept of a massive community cloud, and a community-based cloud deployment for large scale digital governance would have multiple deployment models in it. Public, private and hybrid are probably some of the core, confidential, mission-critical services that would be present in a secure data center.
If we go further and see how digital governance evolved from being admin-centric to citizen-centric, we find that it started off from the nascent stage, and passed through the development and matured stages to reach the innovate stage. Today, innovate stage is cloud and cloud-based ‘my environment’ and ‘my services environment’. On that path, we from HP have also grown — we learn, we implement and we move forward.
HP cloud story
Even before cloud was known well in the industry, we did a project for the Government of Karnataka’s e-procurement process, which we manage even today, and the innovative thing is the pay-per-use model, which is the basic feature of the cloud-based service delivery model, practised by different groups.
We put a framework and worked with various governments across the globe where we have many success stories, one of them is Australia, where governance runs on a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Another example is about the Singapore Government, which along with us developed the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) — a collaborative platform through which the government is able to serve various e-governance facilities.
In May this year, HP announced a big strategy known as Helion and we invested around a billion dollars for this open source-based interoperable cloud. HP believes that this is a very strong contribution to give a framework and a platform for an interoperable cloud.
Seen from another perspective, other key levels of the MeghRaj is about developing an app store. We need to have applications developed in an interoperable way, and that is a big standard coming up. It will give a new definition to how applications are deployed seamlessly across the development models, across the platforms right up to the automation levels where we need to find out ways and means to make the application work in a multi-talent way, so that there are uniform service levels across the cloud.
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