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.

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.

Four key ways to overcome security concerns in the cloud

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Ten days ago I hosted a seminar on cloud security at the Public Sector Enterprise ICT conference in London. In a show of hands at the start of the discussion, the forty or so attendees were unanimous in their agreement that the issue of security is one of the most important considerations in the journey to the cloud.

Joining me on the panel was Tony Richards, the head of security at G-Cloud and Ian Gale from Bristol...

By Ivan Harris, 25 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security, Vulnerabilities.

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.

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, 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, PublicSector, Vendors.

Cracking the G-Cloud commoditisation conundrum

Anniversaries are always a good point to take a step back, reflect on the past and think about what the future holds. That is something I have done this week as we head into the third calendar year of G-Cloud by taking time out to reread the document which lays out the government’s Cloud First Strategy as published by the Cabinet Office in 2011.

Looking through the document it is striking how...

By Ivan Harris, 14 January 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Europe, Government.

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...

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