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2012 Cloud Readiness Index


Welcome to the 2012 Cloud Readiness Index created by the Asia Cloud Computing Association

The Index is designed to look at the state of readiness for cloud computing in markets across the Asia Pacific region - especially how we see regulation and policy work by governments - to help advance cloud computing in Asia. It measures key attributes and conditions that will help companies and individuals determine which markets are currently best placed for wide adoption of cloud computing services.


Download: Cloud Readiness Index 2012 White Paper

Welcome to the Asia Cloud Computing Association's 2012 Cloud Readiness Index (CRI). The Index has been designed to track the development of the necessary infrastructure and enabling environment for cloud computing across leading Asian economies.
Cloud computing has become a very important part of the knowledge economy and is certain to become one of the biggest drivers of economic growth over the next decade. Gartner forecasts public cloud services to be worth $109 billion this year, while the EU expects the cloud to add as much as E160 billion ($206 billion) to annual GDP between now and 2020, representing more than 2% of GDP growth.
By mapping the conditions required for successful implementation, the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) aims to identify potential bottlenecks that could slow adoption and limit the ability of Asian economies to take advantage of the cloud computing future. The Index also serves to help identify critical gaps to be addressed in the form of policy, legal and commercial cloud drivers.
In this version of the CRI, the ACCA has been able to illustrate not only how countries rate relative to one another, but also how their paths are progressing, including which factors are not improving relative to neighbours and peers.
The ACCA believes that the CRI provides a powerful illustrative tool for policy-makers and to assist government-led training programmes. By identifying core components required
 to support cloud computing take-up, the CRI will aid in focusing resources productively to address some of these deficiencies. Industry development can be spurred along with broad- based economic growth.
The ACCA invites governments around the region to join in a discussion on areas of particular interest and demand, and to help identify programmes aimed at bringing improvements based on best industry practice and peer benchmarks


futureThe Future


This Index will be published on an annual basis. The purpose of it is to track the development of critical fundamentals for cloud-based services, and in so doing to stimulate discussion between cloud industry stakeholders across the region.

Asia-Pacific governments and businesses recognise the rapidly-growing importance of the cloud economy. The Association has established relationships with these stakeholders and is growing these further through events and outreach activities with all sections of the cloud community.

We welcome all feedback and wider involvement in these activities.

Download: Cloud Readiness Index 2012 White Paper

Since the CRI was first published, we have had extensive input from external stakeholders, including regional governments, on how it can be improved. For the most part our engagements with stakeholders have been very positive and constructive. The CRI has also been presented at numerous platforms – formally at conferences and meetings, as well as through informal channels to interested stakeholders. All suggestions were taken into account and put to the Association's CRI Working Group, and all who contributed to the discussion have added to development of a much more robust index.

The Index is our way to help prompt a conversation within industry, within governments, and hopefully between countries in Asia, to help drive economic and social outcomes through the harmonization of policies and laws that allows the cloud to meet its full potential.

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the attributes

The Attributes

The Index analyses 10 key attributes critical to the deployment and use of cloud computing technology across 14 different countries.


In this iteration of the CRI, we have refined a number of attributes in order to better score certain metrics. For example, two additional information regulatory metrics have been added. Broadband parameters have been shifted to emphasise speed and coverage rather than quality. These are discussed in more detail in the white paper. While the changes limit the direct comparisons we can make with the 2011 Index, we believe these revised measures make for a better insight into market readiness and are unlikely to need further revision.


Download: Cloud Readiness Index 2012 White Paper



Government Online Services & Prioritization

Measures the government’s commitment to the cloud, tracking government applications of cloud computing for its IT services and support and promotion of ICT across the economy.
Source: UN e-government 2012 survey and WEF’s 2012 Network Readiness Index.

countriesThe Countries

The 14 countries analyzed include China, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.



  • 8.2Government Online
    Services & Prioritization
  • 6.7Businessl
  • 5.6Data Centre
  • 7.5Power Quality
    and Green Policy
  • 6.0Broadband Speed
    and Coverage
  • 67.7Total
  • 2.7International
  • 7.6IP
  • 8.6Freedom of
    Information Access
  • 7.5Data
  • 7.3Data

Australia slipped three positions, primarily because of its limited international bandwidth, where it ranked second last. In other areas Australia continues to post scores in the middle or top tier. Its high scores in data privacy and data sovereignty should continue to improve since it has recently announced an initiative to re-examine these policies. The score for Broadband Quality does not yet reflect the rollout of the NBN, which is still underway.

Recommendation: Because of the limited availability of offshore capacity, we recommend the government consider subsidies, tax credits or other incentives to increase connectivity to the rest of the region.



Press Release

November 13, 2012 - Japan leads Asia in building the cloud economy 
Japan has once again topped the rankings in the Cloud Readiness Index (CRI), an annual study of Asia-Pacific economies' preparedness for cloud computing by the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).

In this the second Index, Japan ranked ahead of Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore, scoring highest in the categories of International Connectivity and Business Sophistication, and equal highest in Data Privacy and Freedom of Information Access.

Taiwan finished fifth, just behind Singapore, mainland China ranked tenth, Australia finished in the middle of the table and Thailand and Vietnam tied at the bottom.

The Index tracks the development of the required underlying infrastructure, data regulations, and the business and government environment for cloud computing across leading Asian economies.

In a few short years, cloud computing has become an important part of the knowledge economy and is certain to become one of the biggest drivers of economic growth over the next decade.

Research firm Gartner has predicted public cloud services to be worth US$109 billion this year, while IDC estimates that by 2015 the cloud will create 14 million jobs worldwide and US$1.1 trillion a year in new business revenues. The EU expects the cloud to add as much as €160 billion (US$206 billion) to annual GDP between now and 2020, which represents more than 2% of GDP growth.

Cloud services have become enabled by the widespread deployment of fixed and mobile broadband networks and the mass availability of smartphones and tablets. Using the cloud, businesses, governments and other organizations can deliver content, databases and applications in a more cost-effective and flexible way.

"There is wide recognition among Asian governments and business leaders about the importance of the cloud in driving innovation, cutting costs and boosting productivity," said Bernie Trudel, Chairman of the ACCA.

"This Index aims at marking the progress of the region's economies towards reaching their cloud objectives.
"As well as providing an annual report card, we have also identified potential bottlenecks that are slowing take-up and limiting the ability of Asian businesses and consumers to enjoy the benefits of the cloud economy."

Mr Trudel said issues such as reliability of access, security, government access, privacy and intellectual property protection had emerged as constraints on the adoption of cloud services.

Cloud providers and customers have also expressed concerns about data portability, vendor lock-in and interoperability, he added.

ACCA CEO Per Dahlberg said the Index could become an important tool for governments.

"The Index can measure their own progress and also their ability to attract foreign investment in cloud services and platforms," he said.

The Index examines 14 countries and markets using ten different measures, covering regulatory issues such as data protection, infrastructure areas such as broadband and the broader business and government environment.

In preparing the Index, the ACCA primarily relied on published sources, supplemented by our own research.

"We believe the Index can play an important role in fostering an informed debate about the future of cloud computing and the development of a best-practice environment that supports cloud services in Asian economies," Mr Dahlberg said.

To download the 2012 Index, please go to: Cloud Readiness Index 2012

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