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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…

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…

First meeting of the cloudy SME collective (10% group)

A group of SMEs (the 10% group) met Liam Maxwell last month to discuss our experiences with GCloud. We recognised that GCloud is starting to change the way the public sector buys commodity IT services but also that it has a long way to go. The key issues discussed were: The need for further improvements with the GCloud processes and…

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…