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swisstopo, the early cloud adopter within the Swiss Public Administration, has started usind cloud services in 2008 and successfully deployed " the Swiss Geoportal" in 2010. The presentation depicts swisstopo's 5 years experience in using cloud services and explains why the "Public Cloud Only" approach has to be extended to an "Open Hybrid Cloud" approach to enable further continued growth and sustainability.

On 15th October 2013, the geoportal of the Swiss Confederation has achieved the 2nd place in the EuroCloud Award 2013 in the category of «Best Cloud Service Use Case Public Sector» (the award ceremony took place in the context of the EuroCloud Congress in Luxembourg on October 15th 2013). This award honors the most innovative cloud solution characterized by originality, innovation, creativity and efficiency.

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  1. 1. the Swiss Federal Geoportal − 5 years of cloud experience Hanspeter Christ Federal Office of Topography swisstopo, Switzerland
  2. 2. Introduction 2
  3. 3. Up to 80% OF ALL DECISIONS affecting the citizen are linked to GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION* geo is important * Coopers and Lybrand 1996, Economic aspects of the collection, dissemination and integration of government’s geospatial information Published by Ordnance Survey, Southampton, UK. 3
  4. 4. Current state 14
  5. 5. « the Swiss Federal Geoportal» in figures 15
  6. 6. Retrospect 16
  7. 7. We jumped on the RIGHT TRAIN © Thomas Stutz © Bombardier at the RIGHT TIME 17
  8. 8. We jumped on the RIGHT TRAIN © Bombardier at the RIGHT TIME 18
  9. 9. OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE in conjunction with the PUBLIC CLOUD is a real «INNOVATION ENGINE» 19
  10. 10. LAW and CLOUD, a perfect MATCH GEODATA shall be… RAPIDLY MADE AVAILABLE IN AN EASY MANNER AND AT REASONABLE COST …we have a CLOUD-FRIENDLY USE-CASE Definition of Cloud Computing, Fraunhofer-Institut, November 2010 „Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned at reasonable cost and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.“ 20
  11. 11. STRENGTHS and LIMITS of the PUBLIC CLOUD 21
  12. 12. Outlook 22
  13. 13. 1 is NOT ENOUGH 23
  14. 14. We need an OPEN HYBRID CLOUD 24
  15. 15. We need an OPEN HYBRID CLOUD 25
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