About Kay Hooghoudt


Global Director Digital Transformation & Cloud in Government

Kay is Global Director Digital Transformation & Cloud in Government at Atos. Kay advises governments, universities and public bodies all over the world on digital strategy and cloud adoption. He is a digital visionary, responsible for developing new themes and strategies in the public space. Having worked with public service leaders in Europe, Australia, the US, the Middle East and Asia, Kay addresses the fear in some parts of the public sector about cloud adoption. With his extensive international cross-market network, he has knowledge and stories to share about how leading public institutions have navigated the journey to cloud and the role of private, public and third-party cloud ecosystems. Kay advises on hybrid cloud orchestration, access to legacy systems, data classification, security, scalability, resilience, cost, data protection and data sovereignty. Kay’s career includes 15 years in Senior Management positions within the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Since 2012 he was Vice-President Government & (Higher) Education, Atos International. He joined Atos in 2007 as Executive Account Director for Government & (Higher) Education in the Netherlands. Kay has a Masters degree in International Law (LLM) and a BA in Cultural Anthropology & Non-Western Sociology from the University of Leiden.




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Evolving as a modern e-state: A new age of government

At the beginning of this new decade, what kind of future governments will evolve given the power of new digital technologies and data now flooding our society? Governments everywhere face similar challenges. In a globalized economy, they must safeguard national security and the rule of law while stretching precious resources to meet the…

Evolving as a modern e-state: Absolute e-states and data sovereignty

In today’s fast-changing world, while most governments acknowledge they must transform public services using digital technologies, many do not have a clear vision of what kind of digital nation – or ‘e-state’ – they want to be, and for what reason (other than reducing cost and striving for greater efficiency). As I’ve…

Evolving as a modern e-state : could governments become obsolete ?

As well as the unicorns who have introduced us to taxi, delivery and retail services we’ve never seen before, there’s been a revolution in the financial services sector that means we can now make payments without needing traditional banks. With FinTechs, we’re seeing new market entrants who can offer such speed and…

Evolving as a modern e-state : why reinvent government services

While love might not be part of the equation, states do have long-term relationships with their citizens. It’s a kind of contract: in exchange for security, order and efficient everyday services, the citizen pays taxes and abides by the law. In the digital age, one might expect governments to deliver efficient and effective…

Evolving as a modern e-state : the essential paradigm shift

Since the agricultural revolution, people have organized themselves into communities to grow crops, create wealth, make laws and settle disputes. Over time, public administrations evolved to maintain the rule of law; these created huge bureaucracies and tightly controlled procedures to keep updated registers and archives about their citizens. Not only that, they continually…

Obsolete and absolute e-states

All over the world, governments are under increasing pressure to accelerate their transformation into modern ‘e-states’ to achieve their goals. Whether to save taxpayers’ money, safeguard national security, implement new policies, or deliver cheaper, better, faster public services, governments everywhere need to harness the power, speed and agility of digital technologies and ever-growing volumes of data. At the same time, the socio-political…

Can Blockchain reinvent Government services?

Blockchain is still considered by public officials and Government as a strange novelty. The hope - for some who will have to grapple with this new disruptive technology - is that it will prove to just be hype and the best approach will be to ignore it. Just close your eyes and wait until it has all blown over. But there must…

Estonia and China: two views on digital public services

As we all know, new technologies are disrupting our way of life. Some of these are for the better, with faster, easier, cheaper goods and services. Others not so much, with breaches of privacy and uncertainty about where all this may be heading. Yet one thing is for sure: our physical society is rapidly turning into…

Does my government really know me?

Do you sometimes get the impression that your government has no idea who you are unless you’re voting or sending in your tax return? Each time you approach a public service organization for the first time, you’re obliged to fill in your name, address, age, date of birth, social security number, place of birth, passport number and so on, and so…

3 steps for governments to stay relevant in our digital world

With a staggering 90% of the world’s data created in the last two years, commercial companies everywhere are busy turning their data into competitive advantage. Yet for governments, data is still a largely untapped resource. One of the biggest reasons for this is that systematic data-sharing within governments is still quite rare. Why…

Country as a Service: world citizens of the future

In times of turmoil, globalization, digital disruption and now ‘fake news’, it’s perhaps natural for people to feel confused, uncertain about the future and concerned about where they stand in today’s society. What often feels much more certain is our heritage and our roots. And while the movement of people from country to country has been…

The pregnant dog owner who got fired

Historically, technology has been seen as a way for governments to cut costs by automating processes and reducing human and physical resources. But that’s an outdated view – especially among younger generations for whom technology is just part of life. In fact, citizens of all ages now want their governments to catch up with other sectors and offer better,…

Enabling Good Government: digital transformation beyond silos

The role of government is to meet the needs of citizens above all else – by making policies, maintaining order and providing services. While this remit stays unchanged, we’re seeing a shift to digitally-enabled Good Government. What is Good Government and how does it make a difference to citizens? Traditional silos Good Government is when all agencies act in…

From ‘Digitizing Public Services’ towards ‘Delivering Services to the Public’

Technology rapidly re-focuses and shifts what’s important in our society these days. Be it energy, where fossil fuels from the Middle East are being replaced with durable power sources; or 3D-printing and drones knocking on the door of retail, manufacturing and transport companies; or in the finance sector, where banks are reduced to smart software…

Cloud-adoption in Public sector is the Black Swan

Swans are elegant creatures, only to be avoided when young ones are around. People tend to qualify swans as white birds: for a long time swans were presumed to be white only, as no-one had ever seen them in any other color. “A black swan” was a common expression in 16th century London as a statement that…

“It’s the data stupid!”

During the 1992 US election campaign, when Bill Clinton declared, “It’s the economy, stupid”, he did so in an attempt to urgently shift public attention away from his personal life. His point was that highly engaging topics can act as a distraction from what matters most – and that voters should have cared more about new jobs and financial prosperity than they did about…

Trusted Australian Cloud in Higher Education

The City of Perth in Western Australia is one of the remotest cities in the world. Imagine the nearest largest city is not in Australia, but is Jakarta! Recently I held a talk on Trusted Australian Cloud in Perth as a follow-up of delivering new Cloud services to Edith Cowan University. With delivering this new Cloud services to Edith Cowan University…

Cloud Accelerator: top tips when adopting the cloud

The potential impact of a digital single market (DSM) should not be underestimated. Earlier this year, the European Commission (EC) cited that with 315 million Europeans using the internet on a daily basis, its proposed DSM initiative could create up to €415bn in additional growth and new jobs openings. When it eventually becomes a reality, the EC’s DSM…

Transparency and openness will build our trust in Cloud…

Trust is a major issue for cloud customers and providers today. Information revelations have made many people question who has control over and access to their data, and raised issues of trust about cloud environments in particular. This is the third in a series of blogs about cloud. The first took a broad look at today’s…

Should I put my trust in the cloud?

Concern over data security was intensified by information revelations last year. That made people question who has control over and access to their data, and raised particular issues of trust about cloud environments in general. This is the second in a series of three blogs about cloud. The first took a broad look at today’s cloud industry post…

Trust and transparency are cloud critical

…and Europe’s got the message Information leaks have sent shock waves through Governments in recent years, and seriously undermined trust in data security. Cloud environments are under particular scrutiny – especially amongst people who fear ‘giving away control’ of the company or personal data to cloud providers. “If one does not trust the cloud, one will never step into the cloud,”…

The need for Social Collaboration in the classroom

Back in January, I presented a keynote at the BETT Conference in London. Presenting to a full room of higher education decision makers, I explained my thoughts on the future of education and technology. During the question and answer session, one area which attracted special interest was our social collaboration offering and its value in the classroom. I…

Education toolbox: The journey to a student-centric approach

The education toolbox for the future Even today whilst we are experiencing an evolution in education, it is still a commonplace for many classrooms to feature a ‘traditional’ layout, with tables in multiple rows and students taught via whiteboards and books. But is this now outdated? In my opinion, this is beyond doubt. There are more…

Education, a new frontier

The world of education is evolving. Books and chalkboards no longer dominate the teacher’s toolkit, nor do students simply sit in the classroom and just listen to the teacher or professor, as they have been doing for decades. Instead, the 21st Century education model requires a different approach and while this will in turn lead to both challenges and new opportunities on a massive…

Flipped learning: Future-proofing IT for Students

As the number of students with access to the state-of the-art technology in their school or college steadily increases, it becomes more apparent that ‘flipped learning’ is fast becoming the teaching style of choice. Different to conventional learning, ‘flipped learning’ takes advantage of the digital based classroom of the 21st century and encourages students to instead learn new material…