Cloud Computing

22/02/12
Organisations looking to save money on their ICT by moving to a Cloud-based model are failing to factor in the tax implications of the shift, KPMG is warning.
 
At the same time, growth in the use of Cloud-based services is prompting increased scrutiny from the taxman concerned about tax leakage, the accountancy firm says.
 
A briefing paper published by KPMG, Tax in the Cloud, says growth
21/02/12
Martin Banks reflects on the long-term implications of Cloud for the internal IT resource. Will we end up with literally no one in post?
 
It is a common supposition that one by-product of the Cloud will be the demise of the on-premise IT department.
20/02/12

There have been various formal attempts to roll out CRM - Citizen Relationship Management - to the public sector in the past, but frankly none that have been particularly successful.

The last big push under New Labour was allocated to John Prescott, which as one Whitehall wag put it at the time “shows how seriously we’re taking that”. The results were indeed less than impressive.  

20/02/12

Now UK public sector buyers have their own catalogue from which to select Cloud services and providers, but that doesn’t of course mean that they’re going to know how to deploy them most effectively. 

08/02/12
Disaster recovery is the number one health IT investment priority, above other areas such as archiving, virtualisation, Cloud computing and digitising paper records, a survey has suggested.
 
The study asked healthcare IT professionals from all over the world about their ongoing strategies for managing their hospital's IT systems.
03/02/12
More than half of UK businesses are concerned about the safety of their data in the Cloud – but that doesn’t seem to be holding back adoption of the approach.
 
That’s the conclusion of a major survey by consultancy KPMG, which claims 23% of CIOs contacted are already using the Cloud - and a further 53% planning to do so within the next 12 months.
 
In the publ
19/01/12
CIOs must use technology to strengthen the customer experience and eliminate costly internal distortions, analyst group Gartner has warned.
 
A global survey of more than 2,300 CIOs in 45 countries found that IT organisations will have to deliver on multiple priorities without an increase in their IT budget.
 
Technology leaders who concentrate on ICT as a force of operational automation, integration and control will lose ground to those who see technology as a business amplifier and source of innovation, the analyst warns.
16/01/12
In something of a surprise move, Cloud supplier Salesforce.com has appointed America’s first CIO, Vivek Kundra to a post as its head of emerging markets.
 
Kundra left the White House last year after a successful stint which included driving the idea of Cloud onto both the national and international public sector agenda, as well as strengthening the cybersecurity posture of the US and launching an open government move
09/01/12
ten Academy schools in the North of England have gone live in less than six months with finance and accounting in the cloud as the first stage of a joint venture with ERP software supplier UNIT4.
 
The shared services joint venture with Stockton & Darlington Borough Councils - known as Xentrall - offers the schools subscription-based Finance, HR & Payroll transactional shared services with Agresso Business World in the Cloud that also includes shared technical IT and operational support services.
 
The Shared Journey Cloud
20/12/11
Katy Ring, Director of analyst group K2 Advisory, reflects on why so few organisations have started thinking about Cloud 'eco-systems' yet
 
During many of the interactive CIO sessions that we run, it has become clear that CIOs view public Cloud delivery as something that is of most use for non-differentiated system areas of the organisation.
 
What are ‘non’differentiated system areas’?

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