Cloud computing: An important component of the physical infrastructure for smart cities

By Victor M. Larios

Today half of the world’s population is living in urban areas, and cities are growing their infrastructures and services to keep up. Traditionally city governments have different departments to oversee the metropolitan services for citizens; however, departments are not fully communicating their plans and actions, utilizing their services as independent entities. As a city grows, duplicated efforts and waste of resources emerge. In developing a smart city infrastructure, it is...

By IEEE Cloud Computing, 16 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, PublicSector.

Skills gap hindering government cloud adoption, survey finds

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.

The survey results also shed some doubt on the...

By James Bourne, 07 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, PublicSector, Research.

FlintHosts to offer charities free shared and discounted cloud hosting

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.

Paul Hopkinson, FlintHosts managing director, believes having...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, PublicSector, Storage.

Thames flooding flushes out flawed thinking on London data centre location

By Nick Razey, CEO, Next Generation Data

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...

By NGD, 28 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, Opinion, PublicSector, Scalability, Storage.

Three quarters of charities say IT not up to scratch, survey reveals

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...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, PublicSector, Research.

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.

Value in local government digital services should be driven by G-Cloud, PSN and suppliers

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”.

We should always be open to bold new approaches that challenge the status quo and are driven by a genuine desire to deliver a better and more cost effective service for the public. After all, the central Government Digital Service...

By Ivan Harris, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Opinion, PublicSector, Vendors.

Public sector cloud in 2014: Four trends you need to know

As we head into 2014, the potential for growth in public sector cloud services adoption looks more promising than ever.

The ‘Public Cloud First’ policy on IT procurement should continue to drive further growth in demand and the CloudStore marketplace provides a straightforward way for government departments to buy the services they need off the shelf.

But what will be the other trends for buyers of public...

By Ivan Harris, 16 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, PublicSector, Trends.

Cloud computing the most valuable IT job skill to have, says survey

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.

Interestingly, coding and development skills were...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Economy, PublicSector, Research.

G-Cloud 4 opens its doors for next round of tenders

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.

The launch and timetable were posted on the UK government

By James Bourne, 08 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Europe, Government, PublicSector, Strategy.