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.

NASA’s cloud computing efforts “need strengthening”, says report

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.”

Currently, NASA spends about $10m of its...

By James Bourne, 05 August 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Government, Public, PublicSector, Regulation, Research.

Cloud being “smothered” by CIO IT concerns, claims new report

As cloud computing continues to materialise and mature in the fabric of today’s IT, one of the primary barriers to widespread adoption is the high proportion of legacy ICT in many companies.

That’s according to the latest survey, this time from NTT Europe polling 300 CIOs and IT decision makers on current trends, barriers and solutions.

56% of those surveyed cited the complexity of their IT layout as the biggest barrier to large scale cloud adoption, with the figure rising to 70% in the public...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Migration, PublicSector, Research, Security.

G-Cloud iii drums home the need to keep data local

The Cabinet Office’s third iteration of the G-Cloud framework not only added an extra 368 suppliers to its CloudStore, but it raised a few eyebrows over the exclusion of one notable bidder – Amazon!

The company made no secret of its desire for inclusion during the G-Cloud’s second iteration, touting that it was looking to get involved with the G-Cloud in the future.  And, the reasoning for its previous...

By Matthew Finnie, 22 May 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Big Data, Government, PublicSector, Trends.

UK G-Cloud to champion public cloud

Joe Dignan, Chief Analyst, Public Sector TechnologyThe third iteration of the UK government’s cloud store is about to go live, so what has changed and what is likely to happen next? The good news is that we appear to have reached the end of the beginning for G-Cloud, with the Cabinet Office reporting sales of £18.2m going through the first two procurement frameworks, G-Cloud i (Gi) and G-Cloud ii (Gii). The delay in getting G-Cloud iii (Giii) up and running is apparently due to there being 50% more...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 07 May 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Europe, Public, PublicSector.

What does G-Cloud want for Christmas?

Joe Dignan, Chief Analyst, Public Sector Technology, Ovum

Cloud delivery and procurement is still a central plank in global public sector procurement. The G-Cloud Framework has been running for the best part of a year, having launched in April 2012, so now is a good time to revisit the UK government’s flagship procurement initiative, CloudStore. At a recent event, Ovum heard that the UK’s CloudStore was a great success. We heard that the second iteration of the G-Cloud Framework included 71 new suppliers, bringing...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 24 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, PublicSector.

Government cloud: Agencies need shopping skills, not just cloud stores

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, IT, Asia-Pacific, Ovum

Many governments are implementing cloud services portals – “cloud stores” – to encourage cloud services adoption and provide “trusted” shopping experiences for agencies. The decision by the US government to close its apps.gov portal raises interesting questions about the usefulness of these portals. Ovum’s view is that the focus of government cloud strategy should be on encouraging organizational learning in agencies...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 20 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, PublicSector.

Why do public sector 'strategic partnerships' with IT firms fail?

Joe Dignan, Chief Analyst, Public Sector Technology, Ovum

“Strategic partnership” is an overused phrase. The reasons for the schism between the rhetoric of strategic partnerships and their flawed reality can be summed up by the disconnection between how the corporate function of an IT company formulates its go-to-market strategy and how it incentivizes its field sales team. Equally, the schism can be seen between the public sector’s inability to accept the fact that the private sector has to...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 12 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, PublicSector.