Accessibility in the cloud – benefits, issues and trends

Thursday, 18 February 2016 12:22pm

As a new survey shows an increase in the use of the cloud in 2016, the impact of this on people with disabilities and impairments becomes ever more important. Media Access Australia has produced a white paper, Accessibility of Cloud Computing – current and future trends, which provides valuable insights into cloud accessibility.

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The survey, Cloud Computing Trends: 2016 State of the Cloud, was conducted by RightScale in January 2016, and involved 1,060 IT professionals. It found that 95% of enterprises are now using some form of cloud computing, up from 93% in last year’s survey, while use of a private cloud has increased from 63% to 77%.

In his white paper, Dr Scott Hollier, the Director of Digital Accessibility at Media Access Australia, provides an analysis of the benefits and risks associated with the cloud, with a focus on current service providers and those who receive them, both now and tomorrow.

While for business the decision to move to the cloud is a matter of weighing up the cost benefits and workforce flexibility with security and privacy concerns, for consumers the cloud is an essential service due to the limited storage space on popular consumer devices, and for people with disabilities the cloud has the potential to offer more than the sum of its parts.

In addition to delving into the details and exploring the trends, useful access recommendations are provided for government, industry and consumers with disabilities.

This exclusive report was sponsored by the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA) and was first published 28 May 2015. You can download the Accessibility of Cloud Computing – current and future trends white paper in your choice of three formats:


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