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Don't be afraid of our e-tool, public sector, CloudStore won't bite

Nearly two years into the CloudStore experiment and the government is still working out ways to motivate more public sector tech procurement heads to actually use the e-tool. As the end of January, a total of £92.6m has been transacted via the web catalogue that now includes an eye-watering 13,000 services from nearly 1,900 …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2014
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Oracle spins-up public sector 'Cloud'

Oracle has fired up its big red branding machine and coated some of its software-as-a-service products with a cloud label as it tries to create a suite of tech for public-sector organizations. Just as Amazon, Dell, and others have forged their own dedicated cloud services for the US public sector, so too has Oracle. But there's …
Jack Clark, 06 Sep 2013
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XMA back on its feet after 2011 public sector knockdown

XMA staged a top line recovery in calendar 2012 as it reduced its reliance on the public sector by drumming up more business with commercial customers. The Nottingham-based reseller upped revenues by 5.1 per cent in the year - to £122m from £116m in 2011 - but this was still short of the £140m turnover it racked up back in 2010 …
Paul Kunert, 12 Apr 2013

Crumbs, we're going to lose that public sector bid - Jeeves, send for the lawyers

The number of complaints raised by businesses over the awarding of public sector contracts has more than doubled over the last year, according to new figures. According to data released by the Cabinet Office following a freedom of information request by Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, business complaints about …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Jul 2013
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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

The British government is in the preliminary stages of designing a controversial system which will share citizens' sensitive personal information across government departments without their consent. Leaked documents show civil servants are planning to mimic the data-sharing systems used by firms like Amazon or Tesco. This could …
Team Register, 04 Aug 2014

US public sector shuns public clouds

US government spending on cloud technology is set to spike in the next two years, though security concerns have scared agencies away from public clouds. Spending by US federal agencies on private cloud services will grow from $1.5 billion in 2012 to $1.7 billion in 2014, then rocket up to $7.69 billion by 2017, according to …
Jack Clark, 15 Jul 2013

Debt hangs heavy on Stone: Yes we make PCs. For the public sector

Stone Computers would appear to be caught between a, er, rock and a hard place: it specialises in building PCs for the public sector, both areas of industry that have fallen on hard times of late. The general PC market has been in continual decline since the second half of 2010 and austerity measures brought in by the coalition …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2013

OFT probe: Do small UK firms get fair shake in public sector tenders?

Armed with data provided from suppliers and public sector IT bods, the Office of Fair Trading will now launch a probe into the state of the government tech landscape and whether SMEs are getting a fair share. Back in July, the competition watchdog put out a call for information as bids to discover if competition is alive and …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2013

Big 20 cash hoovers: Slurp. Floop. Darn. Sluurrrp. Where's our public sector IT dosh?

Half of the top 20 software and IT services (SITS) suppliers to UK.gov saw their public sector biz decline last year as Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and his merry band of axemen waged war on the oligopoly. The names on the list collated by TechMarketView remains unchanged on a year ago but the proportion of revenues …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2014
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Public sector 2 YEARS behind biz on cloud adoption - suppliers

Public sector adoption of the cloud is some two years behind the private sector and suppliers, as well as government, need to up their game to raise awareness. Just £2.7m was finally spent by government IT bods on the first iteration of of its cloud computing framework - G-Cloud - indeed it seems a shift away from traditional …
Paul Kunert, 22 Nov 2012
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Amazon cuddles up to Chinese public sector with AWS rollout

Amazon has sent its cloud service floating high over China for the first time after announcing a limited rollout of its AWS cloud platform, making the Middle Kingdom the 10th country to be offered the service.. A "select group of China-based and multinational companies" will be offered the chance to try out the cloud at the …
Team Register, 18 Dec 2013
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Public-sector biz Civica UK flaunts fit figures to keep sugar-daddies sweet

If investors at venture-capital biz 3i are considering floating or selling UK public-sector tech giant Civica this year, then its decent financial results will focus a few minds. Paperwork filed at Companies House show Civica's operations in Blighty turned over £109.6m in the 12 months to 30 September 2012, up from £99.6m in the …
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2013
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Distie vet Low to head new public sector biz at C2000

Channel veteran Cathi Low has returned to her old stomping ground at Computer 2000 to head up a newly assembled public sector team, months after quitting arch rival Ingram Micro to seek out a "new career challenge". Low, who is set to become director of the public sector business unit, left C2000 in 2006 after 12 years on board …
Paul Kunert, 22 Feb 2012
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Stone Computers sales catch cold as public sector keeps sneezing

Staffordshire-based PC builder Stone Computers ground out a profit in calendar 2011 as it chopped admin expenses to offset the general market decline in public sector IT spending. One of the last bastions of the once mighty Brit community of PC makers, Stone saw sales slide to £65.5m from £69.7m in 2010 and operating profits …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2012
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Start the clock! Public sector web MUST be disabled-friendly by 2015

Public sector organisations will be required to ensure that disabled users of their websites have the same access to certain content and services as other internet users by the end of 2015 under new European Commission proposals. The Commission said that more than 100 million EU residents would benefit from the rules it has …
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Dec 2012
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Public sector imperatives

We’ve just had a little look at the results so far from our currently running public sector poll. As a reminder, the aim of the exercise is to flush out insights, tips and tricks that can be of use to those involved in reporting and performance management in a public sector environment. The poll so far is confirming the need to …
Dale Vile, 23 Jan 2012

VC plans to flog or float public sector biz Civica next year

Private equity backers of public sector services and software player Civica are reportedly gearing up to punt or float the business early next year. Venture capitalist 3i is reviewing its options, says the FT. This comes more than four years after 3i forked out £190m to take the one-time AIM-listed operation private. Investment …
Paul Kunert, 03 Oct 2012
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Keeping Score in the Public Sector

Stuck between a rock and a hard place? That’s what public sector organisations feel like when it comes to managing data according to our latest Register Reader research. It’s not getting any easier - our latest Reg Reader research looks at why? The findings of this study will lead the live discussion on March 13th 11:00 GMT; …
Miatta Momoh, 29 Feb 2012
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Keeping score in the public sector

Hardly a day goes by without news coverage around whether some public sector organisation or other is delivering against expectations, making the best use of funding, or otherwise performing adequately. This is something we are exploring in our latest reader survey. Apart from enlightening the rest of us as taxpayers, there is a …
Dale Vile, 16 Jan 2012
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UK gov invites bids for public sector cloud

The government has taken the next step towards the creation of the G Cloud with a tender notice, posted on the Government Procurement Service website, for a £60m framework to provide cloud computing services across the public sector. It has invited suppliers to bid for four 'lots', covering infrastructure as a service, platform …
The Register breaking news

Keeping score in the public sector

A recent Reg Reader survey looked at how public sector organisations are managing to address the complex challenges of information management in an age when everyone expects to have instant access to information while simultaneously insisting on stringent security being enforced. The results are unlikely to be much of a …
Tony Lock, 05 Mar 2012
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Capita closing in on public WAN player Updata

Top brass at Surrey-based broadband network services player Updata Infrastructure UK are understood to be mulling over a leading offer from Capita, sources have told us. As The Channel revealed last November, public sector player Updata confirmed it was locked in "active" discussions with a bunch of interested parties. People …
Paul Kunert, 14 Feb 2014
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UK public sector IT jobs rebound - for permies

A quick note on the UK tech jobs scene in February, sourced from Computer People. The recruitment firm's IT Monitor service reports 13,024 permanent IT vacancies advertised during the month - slightly up on January. The public sector and media and creative sectors were bright spots, with vacancies up 28 per cent and 12 per cent …
Drew Cullen, 28 Mar 2012

Public sector exempted from swingeing Microsoft UK price hike

The British government will not feel the squeeze of Microsoft price rises on volume licensing when the three-year Public Sector Agreement (PSA)12 launches on 1 July, The Register can reveal. The company yesterday gave UK resellers and customers a preview of the new look price list, also due to kick in at the start of July, …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2012
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UK biz prejudiced against public sector staff

The Coalition government's hope that the private sector will soak up staff laid off from the public sector took a blow today from a survey showing more than half of UK businesses would not employ people from the public sector. A survey of 500 firms by the FT and Barclays Corporate found 57 per cent said they were not interested …
John Oates, 21 Feb 2011
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Logica profits hit by misers in public sector

Logica is continuing to shift its order book from the public sector toward the commercial markets following a tough first half-year that challenged margins and gave operating profits a pounding. The IT service provider and consultancy's sales for calendar H1 were up 5 per cent to just shy of £2bn and it expects similar growth in …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011
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Public sector tech jobs still plummeting

Public sector job adverts fell by 36 per cent in the last quarter, but overall demand for IT staff is still high. The most recent drop in public sector postings follows a fall of 21 per cent in the previous quarter. Contracting work in the public sector is also down - 29 per cent down compared to last quarter. Skills in demand …
John Oates, 04 Nov 2010
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Insight blames public sector for sales dip

A strong currency tailwind lifted Insight Enterprises's second quarter sales to growth in Europe as spending cuts in the public sector started to bite. Favourable forex conversions underpinned a 12 per cent rise in sales to $403m (£248m) but excluding the currency impact, sales were flat with a two per cent dip in hardware …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011
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Huge jobs loss to follow public sector cuts

Half a million private sector jobs are likely to be lost as a result of public sector spending cuts. Predicted public sector cuts could mean 186,000 fewer jobs in business services and 47,000 fewer people employed in transport and communications. Add to that job losses from the construction, manufacturing and hospitality sectors …
John Oates, 13 Oct 2010
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Public-sector software and services looking limp

Resellers punting software and IT services (SITS) to the public sector have been warned to prepare for meagre times ahead with only business process outsourcing providing major pockets of growth. This is according to research veterans at TechMarketView (TMV), who claim that compound annual growth rates (CAGR) across the …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2011
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Public sector IT buyers 'hogtied by mess of red tape'

Blighty's public sector IT bean counters face a bewildering mess of overlapping tech purchasing bureaucracy, channel sources have warned. Three wide-reaching frameworks that direct government tech spending will end up running in parallel into next spring, potentially confusing purse holders. Of the three schemes, one is the £ …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2012
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Cloud 'not ready for public sector market'

Chris Pope, director of transformation at Merton council, told the Guardian's SmartGov Live event in London that he was "nervous" about adopting cloud computing and being infrastructure free. "Why? Because I do not trust the supply market yet," he said. "The number of instances of organisations taking their IT services back in- …
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Wee biz sector risks wrath of UK data leak watchdog

Businesses that fail to keep private data secure could be in trouble as the Information Commissioner's Office extends its beady eye beyond breaches in the public sector. Bean counters at Syscap pointed out that with the ICO issuing more warning notices and ramping up its fines, small businesses in particular could be at risk as …
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Go on, inhale our G-Cloud via 'Digital Marketplace' – UK.gov

Public sector organisations in the UK will be able to buy cloud-based IT products and services from suppliers from a new online platform from the end of the month. The Government Digital Service, which is part of the Cabinet Office, said all "G-Cloud" purchases are likely to be made via the "Digital Marketplace" before the end …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Aug 2014
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C&W issues profit warning on public sector cuts

Cable and Wireless shares tumbled more than 20 per cent this morning after it warned investors it would miss profit targets because of cuts in the public sector. "Following the new government's emergency budget in late June, non-contracted spending in the UK public sector has slowed very significantly," it said in an unscheduled …
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Public IT supplier frameworks aren't baffling – gov organ

Government Procurement Services (GPS) has defended the matrix of monolithic public sector IT purchasing frameworks, claiming purse-holders will figure out where to spend taxpayers' cash. It emerged this week that the forthcoming £4bn IT Hardware & Services framework, due to go live on 1 June, will run in parallel with two other …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2012
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Fingers crossed! Half a trillion quid in public cash entrusted to ageing gov IT

Nearly half a trillion pounds in tax and other revenues lining the UK government's coffers every year are processed by decades-old IT systems - and the National Audit Office is worried. The auditors, who this week published fresh research [PDF] on public-sector tech, estimated that £480bn of government revenue relied on legacy …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2013
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Public sector earning more than private, but less than last month

Public sector workers, even excluding financial services staff, earn more than those in the private sector. Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that average total pay including bonuses in the private sector was £451 a week in July 2010 while in the public sector it was £464. Excluding financial services …
John Oates, 15 Sep 2010
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Psst. Hey, Jock. I got £100m for outsourcers here. Fancy a hit?

A £100m pot of cash for managed service providers will form part of the Scottish government's next public sector-wide tech agreement. A prior information notice on the Official Journal of the EU was distributed to suppliers for the replacement to the Scottish Procurement Framework, which is currently winding down. "Scottish …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jul 2014
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ICO tells public sector to respond to Twitter

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has told public authorities with Twitter accounts that they must respond to freedom of information (FoI) requests made via the micro-blogging site. It has said in its July 2011 newsletter that, although Twitter is not an ideal channel for submitting or responding to requests, it "does …
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Public sector cloud looms, but who wants it?

It appeared to fall off the radar for a while, but the plan for the G Cloud has gone back to the top of the government's IT agenda. The intention to create a formal framework for the public sector procure cloud computing services was first floated in the Journey to Digital government paper in April 2009, remained prominent for a …
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Cabinet Office unveils Public Services Network suppliers list

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that 12 out of 16 bidders made it onto the Public Services Network (PSN) framework. The pan-government agreement – a brainchild of the previous administration – is made up of managed telecoms services to "ease collaboration and communication" between various public sector departments. Suppliers …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2012
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BT scoops up Wales PSN contracts, elbows out Logicalis

BT has pipped Logicalis to be the preferred supplier to provide the Welsh public sector with broadband and other IP services in a contract valued at up to £420m over its lifetime. This is a blow for the Welsh Slough-based Logicalis, which from 2007 built a public sector network (PSN) for Wales - the first in Europe - to provide …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2014
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Open source and the sluggish UK public sector

Confronting their rapidly shrinking budgets, public sector bean counters must imagine that someone somewhere has been casting Chinese curses about living in interesting times. Because when money gets tight, things sure do get interesting. You would think that at times like these open-source deployments would be the obvious …
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Apr 2011
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Laid-off public sector techies better get flexible to survive

Ex-government developers and other tech staff will need to accept the different culture of working in the private sector if they want to find jobs. With this morning's news that the Cabinet Office is set to cull hundreds of government websites and associated staff, the warning comes from one of the UK's leading IT jobs sites. …
John Oates, 25 Jun 2010
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Change to sustain public sector ICT spend

Public sector investment on ICT is set to remain steady over the next five years in the face of the government's spending cuts. New research by Kable shows that efforts to save costs in other areas and a redesign of many services will ensure that spending to support these will offset cuts in other areas. UK public sector ICT …
Kable, 27 Jan 2011
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UK public-sector union DDoS'd

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union says that its website has been under sustained cyberattack for the past five days. A statement on the union's site, which is running slowly at time of writing, said on Monday that the union "has been experiencing ongoing severe technical problems that have affected some visitors' …
Team Register, 16 May 2011
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O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge

Both Vodafone and O2 are claiming to be the best mobile phone network for people, particularly government people, who are worried about security. O2 is crowing about achieving the secure and government-approved network certification known as CAS(T), which stands for CESG Assured Service (Telecommunications), O2 being the first …
Simon Rockman, 11 Aug 2014
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EMC veteran Poole jumps into UK channel director's chair

Time is going to become a precious commodity for EMC’s latest channel boss, Russell Poole. Along with his new big cheese role, he also plans to hang onto his other day jobs of heading up the public sector and service provider teams. The company veteran is to replace Terry Beale - who has taken on a Euro role running the XtremeIO …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2014
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Public bodies told: Swapping data feels good, but you must be careful

Sharing data on public services could have serious consequences unless the material has been valued, maintained and protected and the original reasons for its collection have been taken into account, the Information Society Alliance (Eurim), has warned. In a report (PDF) on the quality of public sector information, the group …