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Thoughts on British ICT, energy & environment, cloud computing and security from Memset's MD

Unsure about Brexit? Knowing how other notable people are thinking might help…

This is a re-post of the now-famous Facebook post by Calvin Morris. For those of you who don’t use Facebook, and because I generally dislike it’s attempts to Own All Our Content, I thought I’d put it here on the public Internet. A good friend of mine came up with a great idea. If you don’t have the time/inclination to…

G-Cloud: The dream is dying

Since getting involved in G-Cloud in late 2009 Kate has been one of its most vocal supporters, passionately believing in the dream of unleashing the power of highly-commoditised cloud services to both improve the quality and reduce the cost of government IT. Now, nearly 7 years on, having spent £millions and attracted almost no business through the framework in return, that dream is dying.

She asks what has gone wrong: Is it Memset? Their approach? Is it the Framework? Is it the Digital Marketplace? What needs to change?

The Biggest Threat to G-Cloud is Amazon

G-Cloud has been one of the most effective initiatives implemented by the government to date, but is far from perfect as its relatively limited adoption shows. You just have to look at the numbers. As of January 2016 the latest published figures show that the current total of reported G-Cloud sales is over £1bn. But you have to remember that…

Creating a shared European cloud space

At today’s European Cloud Partnership (ECP) steering board meeting in Berlin, and the following Cloud for Europe conference, the hot topic was a proposal for a “shared data area” agreement (SDA) for European cloud. We’re note overly happy with the name so it probably won’t stay; it implies too much about locality and/or a “fortress Europe” in terms of cloud….

Europe Powering ahead on Cloud

The European Council meeting of EU leaders in October produced some impressively enlightened and ambitious conclusions with regards to the digital economy which, with the right champions, will lead to a bright future for Cloud in Europe. The Council first called for all efforts to be made for Europe’s industry to regain momentum in digital products and services, describing an…

Introducing the “10% group”

I was recently asked by Liam Maxwell (Cabinet Office CIO) to convene a group of cloudy SMEs that he could get direct feedback from. I have also been appointed to the European Cloud Partnership (ECP) steering board with the mandate of representing all British SMEs’ interests. With the help of my team I am collating the views, issues, troubles and…

What Real Opportunities Exist In The G-Cloud For The Channel

With a number of channel companies recently named in the 2nd iteration of the G-Cloud programme, Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset explores what real opportunities the G-Cloud offers the channel. I have been involved in the G-Cloud project almost from the beginning; as the technical co-lead on Phase two of the project, proposing the detailed architecture (on the Cabinet Office…

Response to the chancellor’s 2012 Autumn statement

Following yesterday’s Autumn statement here are my thoughts and responses. Corporation tax going down to 21% in April 2013 Obviously I welcome the reduction in corpration tax. As a fast growing business we re-invest most of our profit after tax into accelerating our business growth, so if we are taxed less we grow faster and recruit people more quickly. Incidentally,…

2012 Budget Response – what the tech sector needs to help UK PLC

First, I am delighted that the chancellor has stated an intent to make the UK Europe’s technology centre. Now that the old “big three” of finance, retail and construction are floundering, technology really has the potential to become a major engine of growth for UK PLC. Cloud computing is a prime example; we already have something like a 10% global…

The High-Tech brain drain – We Need The Chancellor’s Help to stop selling our golden geese

Why I’m skeptical of why George Osborne’s ‘credit easing’ scheme is likely to help British SMEs if it relies on the existing banking system. Further, I believe that now is a golden opportunity for British technology, especially cloud services, with the potential for us to become a new global export and engine of growth for UK PLC. However, without change, ideally with the Chancellor’s help, we will keep selling our golden geese and fail to grasp this opportunity. Here is why and how.