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Data governance issues slowing US fed move to cloud

Data governance challenges are holding back US federal government agencies from moving to the cloud

Nearly ninety per cent of federal government IT professionals are apprehensive about migrating their agencies’ systems to the cloud, with many migration projects still being held up by cloud-related data governance challenges, recently published research by MeriTalk reveals. Research by the same firm earlier this summer suggests these agencies could be missing out on roughly $19bn in savings.

Contrary to popular belief, G-Cloud awareness is soaring

A recently published survey suggests G-Cloud is continuing to gain traction

A broad survey of UK public servants published Tuesday suggests a majority are still unaware of the UK Government’s G-Cloud initiative despite a series of high-profile deployments and combined sales of close to £250m. But some cloud service vendors believe the survey results suggest GDS’s efforts to make the cloud procurement programme more visible are paying off.

Bristol taps Eduserv in £1.5m G-Cloud deal

Bristol City Council is moving most of its IT estate to the cloud as it consolidates offices

Bristol City Council has selected Eduesrv’s managed cloud services as part of a council-wide building consolidation effort. The deal, worth an estimated £1.5m over two years, will help support a massive cost savings programme currently underway at the Council according to Steven Pendleton, service manager commissioning and supplier relationship management at Bristol City Council.

cloudBuy to supply cloud-based e-procurement platform for Aus state government

Duncan: 'Australian public sector is warming to cloud but technology gaps remain our biggest challenge.'

Cloud-based procurement and spend analytics software provider cloudBuy has won a deal with an Australian state government to provide an e-procurement marketplace for the treasury and IT departments. Lyn Duncan, chief executive officer of cloubBuy told BCN that the deal is also a sign Australian government is starting to warm to cloud services.

Lack of clarity and guidance hindering G-Cloud adoption, supplier claims

Groucutt: 'Local government lacks the resource to keep up with constant changes to G-Cloud'

The lack of guidance and clarity surrounding the new G-Cloud Security Approach and the recently changed Government Security Classifications will likely further hinder adoption of cloud services in the UK public sector, according to Databarracks, a G-Cloud supplier.

California Government, IBM announce state-wide cloud platform

The cloud platform will offer applications and hosting to municipalities and state agencies in California

In what appears to be the first of its kind in the US, the California Department of Technology and IBM have announced CalCloud, a shared, state-wide cloud platform where municipalities and all state and local government agencies can subscribe to different kinds of cloud services.

US federal gov failure to leverage cloud may cost up to $19bn

The US federal government could save billions by moving wholesale to the cloud

According to research published this week, although nearly three in every four US federal government agencies using at least one cloud service, most federal government IT staff see a very limited role for cloud services within their overall IT strategy. MeriTalk and AT&T, the firms that commissioned the research, claim the feds may be missing out on nearly $19bn in IT savings.

Outsourcery: EU data regulations will require more vendor transparency

Outsourcery: 'Cloud service providers risk tighter regulation and slower uptake'

Cloud and hosting provider Outsourcery claims that with impending EU data protection regulations coming into place cloud vendors will need to become more transparent with their data handling policies or risk further regulation and slowed cloud services uptake.

Egyptian Government signs MOU to fund local cloud initiatives

Helmy: 'The cloud sector is a strategic priority for Egypt'

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology has signed a memorandum of understanding with TE Data, a subsidiary of Telecom Egypt, and Automation Consultants that will see the parties commit billions over seven years to provide cloud computing application services to the private and public sector organisations in Egypt.

As cloud goes mainstream House of Lords assesses digital skills gap

The House of Lords Committee on Digital Skills will investigate the competitiveness of the UK in an age increasingly dependent on cloud services

The House of Lords has set up a special committee to assess the UK’s digital competitiveness. The House of Lords Committee on Digital Skills will focus on assessing the digital capability of the nation at a time when enterprise adoption of cloud services is steadily increasing, creating demand for skills around cloud, mobility and cybersecurity.

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