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Cloud-First Policy
The Bahraini Government is committed to modernizing government information and communication technologies (ICTs) and will lead by example in using cloud computing services to reduce costs, increase security, increase productivity, and develop excellent citizen services,
The Kingdom of Bahrain will adopt a Cloud-First approach with the aim of:
  • Reducing the cost of government ICT by eliminating duplication of solutions and fragmentation in the technology environment, and leveraging the efficiencies of on-demand provisioning of ICT services;
  • Increasing security by using accredited platforms;
  • Increasing productivity and agility, and thus improving citizen services.
In order to achieve this, all government agencies of the Kingdom of Bahrain will evaluate cloud-based services when undertaking all ICT procurements. The decision on the appropriate ICT delivery model will be based on an assessment of each application, incorporating fitment of purpose, cost benefit analysis and achieving value for money over the life of the investment. This assessment is best achieved by using any of the well-established tools available in the market, either from the identified cloud service provider, and/or a non-attached third party.
The following policy document sets out general guiding principles for a “cloud first” approach for government ministries and agencies to consider in adopting cloud computing solutions as a primary part of their information technology planning and procurement.
iGA Cloud-First Policy - V1.0 (754.0 KB)