IBM explains how it won the California government cloud contract

Late last week CloudTech reported that the state of California was moving to the cloud, thanks to a contract won by IBM, AT&T and KPMG. And according to George Cruser, general manager infrastructure for IBM Global Technology Services, it was a unique contract in the 25 years he’s done government work.

“It was kind of an interesting competitive bid because it was the standard government bid, and then they had a series of negotiations where they took two teams...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, IaaS.

California moves to the cloud in collaboration with IBM, AT&T, KPMG

The California Department of Technology, alongside IBM, has announced the launch of CalCloud, an infrastructure as a service private cloud rolled out across California.

The news marks an important client win for IBM after losing a widely publicised battle against Amazon Web Services for a lucrative CIA cloud contract back in October. IBM are involved alongside AT&T, which will provide network services, and KPMG to provide education and drive...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, IaaS.

Four critical areas for G-Cloud in the next 12 months

This month saw the publication of the business plan for the GDS which lays out the focus of its work up until this time next year.

The scope of its work pipeline is impressive in its ambition and potential impact.

In digitising the top 25 most important government services by its 2015 deadline the GDS estimates it will save £979m each year.

Meanwhile, from its G-Cloud programme, it...

By Ivan Harris, 16 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Opinion.

Cloud: The answer to a more effective government

Central Government cuts are seeing local authorities across the country staring down the barrel of astronomical budget savings in the next few years. Many have had no option but to take the unpalatable step of reducing staff numbers and cutting essential front line services.

By utilising the cloud, council IT provision moves from being a static asset, to become a service that provides real value to the whole community. Indeed, many in true Neville Chamberlain fashion, are waving this argument in front of...

By Mark Keepax, 07 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Strategy.

How should governments go cloud first?

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Chief Analyst, Global Public Sector

Three Australian state governments have recently released updated ICT strategies that include cloud-first policy positions. However, each state has taken a different approach to driving cloud services adoption. This raises interesting questions about the impact of cloud services on the logic of whole-of-government ICT strategy.

Our view is that central agencies should focus on leadership and enablement. They should be mindful of the risk that too much...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 30 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government.

G-Cloud 5 is here: What’s improved, and what still needs to be done?

Updated 1819 GMT: Earlier this morning the UK government confirmed the fifth iteration of the G-Cloud cloud store was open, with 1132 suppliers making the cut and 1518 in total.

The list of suppliers for G-Cloud 5 was revealed at the end of last week, with plans to go live on Friday but for last minute bug fixes, as an official blog post confirmed.

CloudStore is open. http://t.co/MAHjtNA9dp There are now 1518 suppliers (885 SMEs) with over 17,000...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government.

Majority of civil servants claim their experience of cloud is negative

Four in five (83%) of civil servants have said their experience of cloud computing in the public sector was ‘negative’ or ‘poor’, according to the latest research from not-for-profit CSP Eduserv.

The research, the latest monthly update produced by the government cloud provider, found that nearly half (40%) of those who’d suffered bad experiences were hindered by not being able to access the right data or applications, with one in 10 adding their ability to do their job was...

By James Bourne, 21 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government.

Healthcare cloud security: Now and into the future

By David Linthicum

Healthcare providers and payers that utilize cloud platforms to store and access personnel records (and like data) are probably storing protected health information (“PHI”), which is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). Rules now in place govern the use of cloud computing to store health-related data, including personnel-related data.  The consequences for failure to comply can be severe to a company’s...

By LogicWorks, 11 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, Government, Security.

How government CRM tools are addressing complex public sector needs

Nishant Shah, Senior Analyst, Government Technology

Stories about frustrating experiences with government agencies abound. Typically, they are due to a combination of service delivery failure, lack of transparency, and inadequate communication. Fortunately, many governments are beginning to address these issues with a greater sense of urgency. The need for action is being manifested in new policy and an operational focus on better service delivery globally, with customer relationship management (CRM) tools as...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 17 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analysis, CRM, Government.

It’s time to stop thinking of G-Cloud as a golden ticket to public sector sales

As the latest round of procurement for G-Cloud opened at the end of February it won’t be long until we get to see who’s made it onto the refreshed roster of suppliers on CloudStore when the new framework goes live in May.

With the new framework in the pipeline there are signs of renewed ambition for G-Cloud to deliver more business to a wider set of suppliers as evidenced by Francis Maude’s goal for a further

By Ivan Harris, 03 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Opinion, PublicSector.