Cloud Center of Excellence (COE) Implementations: An Economic Expansion Catalyst for Emerging Economies


By Donald R Hammons, MBA

Texas, USA 


Helen Ching, P.Eng.

Ontario, Canada


This paper discusses the considerations and opportunities available to emerging economies as they aim to leverage localized intellectual capital, drive their ‘tech’ economies forward and provide for economic stabilization and employment opportunities within their economic regions.

Emerging economies including nations in Africa, Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Central/South America are well poised to participate in the global economy specific to science and cloud information technology.  For economies with low labor rates and high university-level graduation rates in technical fields of study there is a significant opportunity to participate and/or lead in the high growth information technology (IT) field enhanced by the proliferation of cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) technological innovation.  When combined with social and mobile platform availability and on-demand cloud platforms, emerging economies can participate in and take advantage of this new realm in IT to benefit their local economies and drive innovation at comparable speeds as their counterparts in the industrialized nations.

The Cloud’s Disruptive Potential – Creating Innovation Centers of Excellence

With the proliferation of cloud computing, privately held and publicly traded corporations have been early adopters of cloud technology including IaaS, PaaS, and Software-as-a Service (SaaS) platforms to drive innovation and reduce costs inherent with typical on-premise IT systems.  Historically, the move from traditional mainframe data centers to on-premise client-server applications provided the innovation layer the top corporations in the world leveraged to create competitive advantage for their enterprises and customers.  With the emergence of cloud computing frameworks, global corporations were further poised to move innovation closer to the customer through rapid deployment of on-demand cloud computing platforms and solutions including social and mobile technology.

While most would agree that innovation tends to occur in the private and/or education sector, and cloud-computing is certainly included in this premise, it is natural for local and national government entities to consider the emergence of cloud computing as a viable platform for consideration to drive innovation, reduce costs at the governmental layer and to provide the innovation catalyst needed regionally or within their national eco-systems to drive economic expansion and higher paying jobs for their populations.

Trend analysis continues to be favorable for cloud computing expansion in emerging economies.   According to Gartner Inc., the public cloud services market is forecast to grow 18.5 percent in 2013 to total $131 billion worldwide, up from $111 billion in 2012. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), including cloud computing, storage and print services, continued as the fastest-growing segment of the market, growing 42.4 percent in 2012 to $6.1 billion and expected to grow 47.3 percent in 2013 to $9 billion.


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About the Authors 

pmwj16-nov2013-ching-hammonds-IMAGE 1flag-canadaHelen Ching, P. Eng

Ontario, Canada

Helen Ching, P.Eng. is the Founder of Cloud Launch One located in Toronto, Ontario Canada, and received her engineering degree from the University of Toronto.  Cloud Launch One provides strategic consulting, innovation enablement and implementation professional services in the cloud computing space in North America through collaborative solution design, application development and cloud professional services.  Author:  [email protected] or Website: www.cloudlaunchone.com

flag-usapmwj16-nov2013-ching-hammonds-IMAGE 2Donald Hammons, MBA

North Texas, USA

Donald R. Hammons is a graduate of the University of Texas MS and MBA programs and the Co-Founder & Chief Customer Officer of Volo Solutions, Inc. headquartered in Dallas, Texas USA.  Don has lectured at the University of Texas Global Executive Forum and his co-authored paper on the collaboration potential of social platforms as a catalyst in scientific achievement was presented at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.  Don has enjoyed a 20+ year career in the information technology sector of the U.S. economy and as Volo’s Co-Founder he is responsible for global customer success and cloud enablement.  Author:  [email protected] or Website:  www.volousa.com