Cloud computing has revolutionised the delivery of IT services and transformed IT functions within business and government.

The benefits of cloud computing, including lower capital investment and the ability to scale usage up or down to meet unpredictable business demands, are hard to deny. However, cloud computing presents data governance, compliance and contracting challenges that need to be effectively managed.

Due diligence on service providers is essential if you are to keep valuable corporate data secure and comply with applicable privacy and other regulation. With different service providers in different jurisdictions often providing the infrastructure, platform and application layers for the same cloud computing service, such due diligence can be challenging. Cloud computing contract models are not mature, and a significant divide often exists between the expectations of service providers and their customers on the allocation of contractual risk.

We advise leading technology service providers and users on the full range of technology related legal issues, including cloud computing, IT and business process outsourcing, digital transformation, systems integration, data security, regulatory compliance and acquisitions and disposals of technology businesses.