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The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency hosted a virtual event on 23 June focused on cloud computing for leaders within NATO.

Agency leaders highlighted some of the ways cloud is already used successfully in NATO, while also pointing out opportunities for further implementation. Several industry representatives then briefed participants and answered questions. With this event NCI aims to drive NATO's adoption of cloud technologies, a key element in the alliance’s digital transformation.

"We already have a cloud-first strategy in NATO. Now we need to live it and adopt it," commented NCI Agency General Manager Kevin J Scheid. "It's time to adopt and stop admiring the problem."

The event was particularly timely in light of the COVID-19 crisis, which has highlighted the importance of implementing and maintaining mobile and collaborative technologies. Cloud technologies enable more effective collaboration and are essential for greater use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and agile capability development.

"This event is all about digital transformation. And the adoption of cloud computing is at the core of this digital transformation," said Detlef Janezic, Chief of Service Engineering and Architecture at the agency.

Cloud computing is alive and well and living in NATO. (Image: IEEE)

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