One in three public sector firms have ‘no concrete plans’ for cloud

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A new research report from software and business services provider Agilisys has found that more than a third of public sector firms have ‘no concrete plans’ to adopt cloud-based technology.

The findings, which appear in the 2016 Cloud Adoption Survey, found that of the 180 respondents, 36% had no plans to migrate to the cloud.

Almost 60% said that cloud adoption would help to reduce on-site maintenance and IT support requirements, which may indicate it is not a lack of...

By James Bourne, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Infrastructure, PublicSector, Software.

Oregon joins AWS government cloud – while UK councils turn down G-Cloud

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it has signed a criminal justice information services (CJIS) agreement with the State of Oregon, enabling AWS GovCloud services available to the state’s law enforcement officers.

Oregon joins California, Colorado, and Minnesota among others in signing up to AWS’s cloud services. The provider has two availability zones in its US GovCloud data centre.

“We are committed to doing our part as a cloud service provider by giving...

By James Bourne, 09 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, PublicSector, Regulation.

AWS and Azure get the highest federal security rating: What happens from here?

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Cloud services have been able to store customers’ data for many years now, but the number of prospective clients for several vendors has recently dramatically increased.

Back in late June, the announcement was made that three vendors had received special certifications from the federal government, allowing them to store sensitive data that the government had...

By Rick Delgado, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Microsoft, PublicSector, Regulation, Security.

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.

Bristol City Council moves to the cloud in estimated £1.5m deal

Eduserv, the not for profit public sector cloud provider, has won a contract with Bristol City Council worth an estimated £1.5m to migrate its IT infrastructure to the cloud.

The contract sees Eduserv take over the day to day running of the council’s IT, with future IT services being procured in a much more flexible manner, ensuring the council doesn’t own much of its ICT.

Bristol City Council is planning on cutting about £90m in IT costs, as local governments continue to move their...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, PublicSector.

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

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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 Victor Larios, 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

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...

By Nick Razey, 28 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, 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.