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The use of technologies such as cloud is of strategic importance for local government organisations but many are still unaware of the options – including G-Cloud- and are still worried about security.

Research reveals local authorities are really struggling with the security of their data and are unable to report on how much of the data they store is sensitive

The majority of public sector businesses have deployed some sort of cloud service regardless of whether or not it’s been validated by IT.

Ark Data Centres are to support Exponential-e’s growing enterprise and public sector offering with a seven year deal on data centre space

As part of BT’s Cloud of Clouds initiative the telecoms business has seconded two secure data centres to help meet growing demand for cloud-based services from the public sector

Thursday, 02 July 2015 09:33

Public sector cloud considerations

David Tebbutt looks at the known impact, and the unknown impact of the cloud in the public sector, and discovers the average public sector organisation now uses 742 cloud services

Questionable data security approach continues - over 60% don’t know how much sensitive official data they hold, or where it is kept

Service and business applications provider Advanced Business Solutions has launched Advanced SaaS Financials a cloud-based financial management system aimed at district and borough councils.

DataCentred has partnered with Storage Made Easy to deliver a joint storage management SaaS and IaaS solution that’s G-cloud approved

Andrew Hawkins argues that the digital-first future for local government will be stymied without investment in the people and technology

Cloud is gaining traction in councils across the UK but over half of local government senior decision makers are not confident future investment will be made to improve capability gap

A coalition of G-Cloud providers has described the Digital Services 2 procurement initiative as deeply flawed and unfit for purpose

Friday, 06 February 2015 10:23

EU to help solve the fear of the cloud

A new EU funded project is aimed at helping the public sector IT departments to overcome the fear of the cloud

MPs and peers call for greater adoption of cloud services in the public sector and support G-Cloud, but reveal data protection concerns

Thursday, 05 February 2015 00:25

G-Cloud sales are up to £430 million

Enterprises are taking the lion’s share of contracts on the Government Digital Marketplace with sales fast approaching half a billion since launch.

The DESC solution from Smart421 allows public sector organisations to pick and choose in a traditional cloud way on the Governments’ Digital Marketplace

G-Cloud 6 has gone live and claims to offer better opportunities for businesses to put their services in front of the public sector but the framework application still has its drawbacks, and what will G-Cloud 7 offer?

Gartner cool vendor Skyscape has added features to help switch legacy apps to the cloud and substantially reduced connectivity and storage costs

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has thrown away its Excel spreadsheets and replaced it with Software Europe’s ER Tracker health sector employee relations software  

Skyscape Cloud Services becomes the first cloud provider and one of only three organisations in England to achieve N3 aggregator status

Cloud has a big role in the public sector, from helping enable groups of public sector employees across multiple organisations to band together to deliver services, through to reducing staff costs by introducing internet and kiosk-driven services. Steve Shakespeare investigates the avenues available.  

G-Cloud spending for October 2014 is down for the first time in four months and local Government uptake remains low

Auriga Consulting provided advice on secure architecture design, risk and the production of IA documentation to enable MCSP Eduserv to launch a highly secure cloud service

The new techUK digital manifesto wants the government to take a key role in deciding the future for digital technology in the UK

Aberdeen City Council has signed a deal with Advanced Business Solutions to process 75,000 invoices a year with their cloud-based solution

The contract worth an estimated £1.5m over two years is part of the council’s new ICT delivery with and will go towards supporting the council’s £90m cost saving programme

Daisy Updata Communications Ltd (DUCL) has been awarded a nine-year contract to manage and develop the IT network infrastructure for Central Bedfordshire Council.

Capita IT Services is hosting a series of free seminars to debunk myths surrounding the use of cloud technology within the public sector.

Dutch software solutions business Unit4 announced that Middlesbrough Council has purchased the UNIT4 Agresso Local Government ERP Platform as part of a transformation programme established to meet the council’s financial challenges and modernise the way it operates.


John Culkin looks at some of the issues for the public sector in adopting cloud both in and out of the G-cloud framework.

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