For many years, across many different endeavours – from scientific research through to sporting results – Australia has, as a nation, excelled, and to borrow the boxing parlance, punched well above its weight. Think on it for a sec: Atlassian is now a world leader in the software development field; BHP one of the world’s larger companies across multiple areas and we have had 13 Nobel Prize winners across multiple fields, which given our small population size is a feat in itself.
So does it come as a surprise to know that in a recent report – the Global Innovation Index – that Australia is ranked 19th out of 142 countries? With our smaller population we still compete at a very high level. But it doesn’t stop there, in another report, compiled by the Software Alliance (BSA), Australia was ranked second behind Japan across seven policy areas defined as critical to the market for cloud computing services. These seven areas include:
- Data Privacy
- Intellectual property rights
- Standards/international harmonisation of rules
- Promoting free trade
Australia was ranked second across seven policy areas defined as critical to the market for Cloud computing services
Identifying that Australia has a positive and nurturing environment for the adoption of cloud technology, the report praised the government for abandoning plans to implement a mandatory internet filter and for its stance and approach to combating cybercrime. Specifically the pledge by the Federal government to invest close to $1.5 billion to develop a cybercrime facility and to keep the facility at the forefront of cybercrime research was applauded.
The report praised the country across a number of areas, though did note that further improvements could be made to the investment by business and government in ICT infrastructure.
But while it is good to stand around and beat our chests from a patriotic perspective, the report has also identified that across the world, the divide between the best countries and the less adoptive countries is narrowing.
This is an encouraging sign as it shows the growing acceptance to the benefits of cloud computing, but perhaps more importantly, it lays the foundation for people all over the world to innovate and capitalise on the true power of computing.