Almost half of UK councils are yet to put cloud plans together, research finds

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Even though almost three quarters of the major UK councils say they use cloud technologies for data storage in some capacity, almost half say they are yet to formulate plans to use cloud computing.

That’s the main finding from not for profit IT service provider Eduserv, in responses provided by the top 100 councils in the UK. 44% of those polled said they did not have a strategy or IT policy in place – and of that number, only 15% say they are exploring or considering a...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Public, PublicSector.

Mind the gap: How to assess your organisation for cloud readiness

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Talking to IT teams and business leaders, it is clear that the benefits of cloud in supporting new business models for the delivery across the public sector is now well understood.

There is also a growing consensus that the different business model for IT operations which is enabled by cloud IT, could add substantial value to the organisations – particularly local authorities - as they shape and reshape services in the future.

So why isn’t the public sector moving to the...

By Andrew Hawkins, 30 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Public, PublicSector.

Planning for shared cloud services in local government: How to make it work

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Shared services across the public sector continue to grow. Councils in particular are choosing to partner with neighbours, to share capacity, costs, risk and best practice.

The experience of many public sector shared services projects, show the importance of IT in successful shared programmes. Meanwhile in the private sector, recent research by McKinsey into the role of IT in mergers and acquisitions shows that typically 50% of merger value is related to IT synergy.

This emphasises...

By Jos Creese, 22 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Public, PublicSector.

The One Public Estate programme: A catalyst for public sector cloud adoption

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In 2016, the One Public Estate programme will see 100 councils receive £31 million of funding in order to help them make better use of public sector property.

The idea is that local public sector bodies – from neighbouring councils to emergency services – start disposing of, or sharing, buildings in order to reduce running costs, free up property/land for redevelopment and raise money.

In a sector where money is scarce, one of the most compelling areas for...

By Ivan Harris, 23 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Public, PublicSector.

Spending review demands faster move to cloud for public sector

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If we have learned anything about budget announcements over the past 10 years, it is to prepare yourself for the unexpected. I’d be surprised, however, if anyone predicted the extent to which the 2015 Autumn Statement put such an emphasis on the role of IT in the transformation of government.

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With substantial job cuts resulting from reduced funding right across the public sector, the Chancellor’s clear objective is that by 2020, processes which still...

By Andrew Hawkins, 30 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Private, Public, PublicSector.

How planning is the perfect tonic for avoiding the ‘cloud hangover’

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If there is one shortage we will never suffer in the technology sector, it is one of attention-grabbing sound-bites.

The latest one to do the rounds is the ‘cloud hangover’. It has been coined to describe the undesirable after-effects of a move to the cloud, the most painful of which is the significant unplanned for expenditure incurred by organisations in maintenance...

By Ivan Harris, 29 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Infrastructure, PublicSector.

Public sector fighting hidden costs of cloud computing, report reveals

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Even though the public sector is adopting cloud as a key part of its IT strategy, new research from Sungard Availability Services has revealed the sector is facing a large number of challenges in managing and operating cloud environments.

According to the report, entitled ‘Digital by Design: Avoiding the cloud hangover in the UK public sector’, UK public sector organisations are spending over £300 million each year on ‘hidden costs’ associated with their...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: PublicSector.

Take a look at how cloud helped a cancer charity increase donations by 40%

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The Canadian Cancer Society (CCSSK), based in Saskatchewan, has launched an omni-channel engagement centre utilising cloud telephony from NewVoiceMedia and Salesforce, and found charitable donations had increased by 40%.

At the society’s Relay for Life event, participation went up 30% and pledge numbers increased by 70%. The company looked to the cloud primarily to provide a greater customer experience. Utilising Salesforce data, employees were able to create more...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, PublicSector.

London police using Big Data to tackle small crime

Small criminals are predictable, at least that's what London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) are hoping. New software, developed by Accenture, pulls large amounts of data in-use by the police service and puts it through an advanced analytics engine to predict when criminals are likely to strike.

By analysing five years' worth of data, it is hoped that an accurate prediction of when / if a criminal will re-offend can be made. The data was gathered over a four year period of...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Government, PublicSector.