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IBM acquires Optevia to strengthen position in public sector CRM market

Rackspace has appointed John Harper to its board of directors, and announced solid growth for Q4 2014

IBM has announced the acquisition of systems integrator Optevia, which specializes in Microsoft Dynamics CRM solutions for the public sector, in a bid to strengthen its offering for the public sector market.

DiData to open government cloud in Canberra in 2015

Dimension Data is jumping on the GovCloud bandwagon

Dimension Data has unveiled a managed cloud platform in Canberra Monday in a bid to capture more business from the Australian public sector. The facility, under final construction, is due to open early next year.

AT&T targets federal government with secure cloud storage

AT&T is targeting the US federal government for its ultra secure cloud services

AT&T has launched what it claims to be a highly secure cloud-based storage solution designed specifically for US federal government agencies. The launch comes as US federal agencies seem to be lagging on cloud implementations.

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.

G-cloud sales nudge £200m but adoption lags in wider public sector

Total spending through G-Cloud is fast approaching £200m but use by the wider public sector and local government is still lagging

Total spending on cloud services through the UK government’s Cloud Store marketplace hit £192m at the end of May, up from £180m the previous month. But more than 85 per cent of this was accounted for by the UK government’s own spend, with the portal still failing to gain serious traction within the the wider public sector.

UK SME Skyscape Cloud Services bags £4m from BGF

Skyscape said it plans to expand its efforts to target the public sector, and enhance its platform as a service proposition

UK-based cloud services provider Skyscape announced Thursday that it has secured a £4m minority stake investment from the Business Growth Fund, which will be used to accelerate its growth in the UK public sector market.

G-Cloud sales exceed £175m, Cabinet Office minister says

Francis Maude said G-Cloud has improved competition for SMEs in the public sector, but the OFT doesn't necessarily see it that way

UK Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude told an audience at a public sector procurement tradeshow in London Tuesday that the G-Cloud programme has been successful at opening up the public sector market to SMEs.

Department of Health in Kahootz with arms-length bodies over cloud collaboration

The UK Department of Health and up to twenty arms-length bodies will deploy cloud-based collaboration software, bolstering info-sharing across the organisation

The UK Department of Health on Tuesday signed a shared services agreement through the G-Cloud framework with a number of arms-length bodies to deploy a cloud-based collaboration platform from Kahootz as it moves to replace its legacy collaboration systems.

Victoria state to invest $9.5m in cloud marketplace

Victoria’s government announced Friday that it will invest $9.5m over four years to set up a cloud services marketplace and a secure telecommunications network for government

Victoria’s state government announced the VicConnect programme Friday in a move that will see it invest $9.5m over four years to transform the way the state’s public sector procures ICT services and manages its telecommunications networks.

G-cloud team to increase awareness, Singleton says

Tony Singleton said GDS will step up efforts to educate the public sector about buying through G-Cloud

G-Cloud head, chief operations officer and deputy director of operations for the Government Digital Service, Tony Singleton, said in a blog post Tuesday that the organisation will take a number of steps to educate buyers on and increases awareness of the G-Cloud programme.