GDPR. Am I bothered?

Most of us by now will have heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and most of us will already be preparing for when it comes into force in May 2018. It is widely regarded as being one of the most significant regulations to come out of Brussels for years and it will affect   Read more

A digital future for healthcare

Digital technology enables collaboration like never before, and it is proving key in uniting industries that previously worked in silos. One such example is the healthcare industry, and it is clear that an increasingly digital future could prove extremely beneficial to both the industry itself and the patients it benefits. For patients specifically, a digitally   Read more

The Government Digital Strategy: A statement of intent which can be realised through collaboration with industry

Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport recently launched the Government Digital Strategy, which aims to ‘create an economy which is resilient to change and fit for the future’, as the UK prepares to exit the European Union.  Bradley addressed two key themes in her speech at the Strategy’s launch; one   Read more

Defining a Multi-Cloud Strategy for UK Public Sector Workloads of All Kinds

Once there was a debate about whether we should move to the cloud or not. Nowadays there is little doubt that the future is cloud as the economic savings and transformational value that it provides are compelling. The debate now is how to move to the cloud, how quickly to do so and which workloads   Read more
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Gearing up for G-Cloud 9: advice for winning digital business in government

The UK government is one of the most digitally advanced in the world. It also has significant challenges: Brexit, the need to transform itself for the benefit of citizen and taxpayer alike, delivering better and more with significantly less. Historically, government has not been seen as an easy market, either to break into, or to   Read more
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Lock-in starts to surpass security as main cloud concern

While the advantages of cloud are increasingly obvious, the main pitfalls often aren’t quite as well understood. It often appears from analyst reports and articles in the press that almost all workloads are now moving to the cloud. Initially the main barrier to cloud adoption was security, but recent evidence indicates that public cloud is   Read more
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Sleep Walking to Oblivion: the potential local societal impact of global cloud domination

Much is made of the success of silicon roundabout and the thriving ecosystem of the start-ups in neighbouring Shoreditch. Few of the youngsters working there though will recall ICL, the company that was once the UK’s tech giant – just as Bull was in France. National champions like ICL and Bull found it hard to   Read more

2017: the year that the #Private / #Hybrid #Cloud bubble finally burst and more such predictions

Soon the battle may well be between generalist and specialist public clouds. Many pundits will be offering safe, but obvious cloud market predictions. I wanted to offer a few that challenge current thinking in much of the market: 1) the private cloud bubble will finally burst, 2) without private cloud, hybrid cloud strategies will be   Read more

Partnering with AWS, Russian Roulette, Lion Taming and Other Dangerous Hobbies!

Years working for IBM’s Business Partner Organisation taught me not only to respect IBM’s own community of 120,000 business partners, but the wider channel community as a whole. Partners vary in size and nature from the large SIs and distributors to small ISVs and MSPs (we like acronyms in this business). What motivates them all   Read more

Having your cake and eating it

To say that 2016 has been an interesting year is putting it mildly. As the year draws to its end, the tensions between national security and individual privacy rights have yet again been thrown into stark relief. Over in the US, amendments to Rule 41, which sets out US federal search and seizure rules relating   Read more
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