UK county councils reluctant to embrace G-cloud?

According to research by Bull Information Systems, UK county councils are largely ignoring the Government’s G Cloud initiatives in favour of their existing IT supply contracts and internal services. The research was based on Freedom of Information Act requests to 27 councils, with 26 respondees.

Bull cite two particular examples

  • Kent – the largest spending council on IT at £38.5m, spent less than 0.2% of its budget (£94,750) on G-Cloud solutions in 2012-13
  • Hampshire – a similar spender at £38m, spent nothing at all with G-Cloud in 2012-13

 In fact, across all the 26 councils (total IT spend £440m), in 2012-13 only £385,000 was spent with G-Cloud. A tiny fraction of the overall.

From inception to the end of March 2014, £175.5m in sales has been handled via G-Cloud, but only 20% of that was for local government. At 80%, central government looks more impressive until you consider that total central government IT spend is almost £7bn annually.

It seems that despite having 1,500 suppliers, offering more than 17,000 services, that G-Cloud is still being ignored by the majority of central and local Government CIOs for their IT procurement – despite anticipated savings of 25-60% over traditional IT.

It seems that without some central enforcement, there’s unlikely to be any break up of big ticket local government IT arrangements any time soon.

EU based? The US Government still wants your data.

According to a news report from the BBC; a court in the USA has ruled that emails held in a Microsoft data centre in ireland should be released to the US Government as part of a US investigation.

Although Microsoft plan to appeal, the decision has clear implications for users of Microsoft’s online email services, including Office 365. Despite the data being stored and processed outside US borders, it won’t be protected from US Government enquiries.

That poses problems for companies bound by EU data protection laws because there’s no guarantee that they won’t see their information forcibly expatriated to the US.

Of course any principle applied to Microsoft could also effect Google, Apple and other online service providers with a significant US presence.

The answer could be that for UK and EU companies the best option remains service delivery from an EU based provider.

 

 

Further expansion at entrustIT

Autumn 2013 will see Virtual Desktop providers entrustIT expand into additional premises at their head office in Ringwood, UK, doubling available space for their support team in preparation for additional personnel.

CEO Jeff Dodd commented “we were already looking for additional space and were resigned to having to uproot the whole team in early 2014, however, the opportunity to take the adjoining unit means we have sufficient space for another 3 years at least and reduces staff uncertainty.”

After a brief refurbishment process, the new suite will be used to house the management, accounting  and administration functions, giving the support team room to expand and to provide new areas for server build, hardware maintenance and implementation projects.

 

Corinnium embrace Hosted Desktops

Corinium Global Intelligence, an events organiser based in Covent Garden, London have selected Virtual Desktops from the entrustIT product range to support their new business.

Delivered in less than a week, the new environment enables Corinium personnel to access their systems from any web enabled location and to flex their IT requirements up and down to match the changing staffing patterns of their business.

Liquid Expat Mortgages migrate to entrust hosted exchange

Liquid Expat Mortgages, based in Manchester, UK and Victoria, British Columbia, have migrated to products from the entrustIT cloud services range to support their growing business.

Although LEM were already users of cloud IT, they needed a provider with a more pro-active attitude to service and support because the international nature of their client base makes them intolerant to downtime and “out of hours” was a concept that didn’t apply.

An outage at their previous provider had left them unable to communicate with customers for almost a week; meaning something more robust was required.

entrustIT handled the entire migration project with limited input from LEM, dealing with a number of third party providers and keeping downtime to an absolute minimum.