All the talk now is about cloud computing, software as a service and combinations of those. Utility computing, the buzzword of perhaps 2002 has been reborn and, perhaps even turned into a product that will make money - and not just from advertising.
With that in mind, I wonder who will be the first government department, in the world, to:
1. Move their desktop application suite to a hosted software as a service model with Exchange, Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Sharepoint (or Google or open source equivalents). I'm not expecting too many people to do the same for their mobile users just yet but it is, in theory, viable.
2. Deploy an entire web-based application - perhaps a website (either content only or content plus transactions) - into Google's cloud such that the government department no longer owns any of the infrastructure or software that supports that web application.
Has anyone done this already? I'd be impressed and surprised. If not, when will the first such government department, anywhere in the world, announce that they are now a virtual IT department (at least in part)?