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    Skills gap hindering government cloud adoption, survey finds

    James Bourne

    According to the latest research from government cloud provider Eduserv, a lack of awareness and skills around cloud computing is halting its adoption in central government. The research, conducted in January and February of 829 civil servants, found that nearly nine in 10 (88%) required some form of training in order to take advantage of cloud computing, whilst three quarters (75%) believed the benefits of their cloud were a mystery to the company as a whole.

    About 1 week, 1 day ago - 0 comments - Categories: Adoption, PublicSector, Research
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    FlintHosts to offer charities free shared and discounted cloud hosting

    James Bourne

    UK-based hosting provider FlintHosts has announced the launch of Flint|Charity, a service which offers free shared hosting and discounted cloud hosting to charities. The free shared package allows for up to 1GB of storage, one hour of free technical support and a name check from the company, while the cloud package offers the requisite name check, hosting on Flint’s enterprise level platform at a 50% discount with fully managed service.

    About 1 week, 4 days ago - 0 comments - Categories: Enterprise, PublicSector, Storage
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    Thames flooding flushes out flawed thinking on London data centre location

    NGD

    Time and tide wait for no one. Wise words and all the more so amid the recent flooding experienced up and down the country with even the Thames bursting its banks just a few miles short of central London. If it wasn’t for the Thames Barrier who knows what might have happened? It’s sobering that a fifth of all the 30 year old barrier’s closures took place in the first two months of 2014. Not surprisingly this has sparked fresh calls for the building of a new one should the current one fail through overuse.

    About 2 weeks, 4 days ago - 0 comments - Categories: Data, Opinion, PublicSector, Scalability, Storage
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    Three quarters of charities say IT not up to scratch, survey reveals

    James Bourne

    Research from Eduserv has revealed that for three in four UK charities, inertia from the IT department is stunting growth and putting doubt into future fundraising activities. The research, of 100 digital and IT leaders in UK charities including Oxfam, Macmillan and Unicef, found concern from heads of digital over moving with the times. Survey respondents argued this lack of ‘digital transformation’ would impact fundraising (73%), reputation (71%), and the ability to deliver the right services (59%).

    About 4 weeks, 1 day ago - 0 comments - Categories: Enterprise, PublicSector, Research
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    It’s time to stop thinking of G-Cloud as a golden ticket to public sector sales

    Ivan Harris

    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 £100m to be spent through the platform by May 2015. The trouble is that when you look at the numbers, this is little more than a gnat’s bite from the elephantine £13.8bn spent on Government each year. It is clear that G-Cloud has a long way to go. So what can we do to improve things?

    About 1 month, 1 week ago - 1 comment - Categories: Government, Opinion, PublicSector
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    Value in local government digital services should be driven by G-Cloud, PSN and suppliers

    Ivan Harris

    When head of Rotherham Council ICT Richard Copley recently called for a Local Government Digital Service, I immediately thought “that’s an ambitious idea and welcome thinking”. However, I’m also mindful of Mike Bracken’s comment at a 2013 SOCITM conference that "it was the devil's own job to get 24 departments to agree to adopt Gov.uk".

    About 2 months, 1 week ago - 0 comments - Categories: Government, Opinion, PublicSector, Vendors
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    Public sector cloud in 2014: Four trends you need to know

    Ivan Harris

    From new security requirements to growth in the use of PSN - here's what Eduserv see as the main trends in the public sector cloud for 2014...

    About 4 months ago - 0 comments - Categories: Industry, PublicSector, Trends
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    Cloud computing the most valuable IT job skill to have, says survey

    James Bourne

    Research from recruitment specialists Robert Half Technology has revealed that cloud computing is the most lucrative skill to have in the IT job market today. Cloud topped the bill in the survey of 100 IT directors and CIOs across the UK, with 39% of respondents citing it as the most important. Security (37%) and project management skills (33%) were the next popular, with virtualisation (29%) and network administration (27%) rounding out the top five.

    About 5 months, 2 weeks ago - 0 comments - Categories: Developers, Economy, PublicSector, Research
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    G-Cloud 4 opens its doors for next round of tenders

    James Bourne

    The Cabinet Office has announced that the fourth iteration of the UK government cloud, G-Cloud 4, is open for business and is accepting submissions from suppliers for its Invitation to Tender (ITT). Various improvements have been made to the ITT, according to Cabinet Office spokesman Peter Middleton. These include clearer application instructions, for suppliers both new to G-Cloud and for those previously on the ii and iii iterations.

    About 8 months, 1 week ago - 1 comment - Categories: CRM, Europe, Government, PublicSector, Strategy
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    NASA’s cloud computing efforts “need strengthening”, says report

    James Bourne

    NASA’s roadmap towards utilising cloud computing needs a serious rethink, according to an official report from the space agency’s Office of Audits (OA). In a 38-page report, the OA criticises NASA’s cloud strategy in terms of governance, risk management and security, concluding that “weaknesses...impeded the agency from fully realising the benefits of cloud computing and potentially placed at risk its information stored in the cloud.”

    About 8 months, 1 week ago - 3 comments - Categories: Government, Public, PublicSector, Regulation, Research
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