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Interesting developments from our friends in the UK today. The British government's newly appointed chief information officer John Suffolk has been be given new powers to sign-off all major IT projects with a particular focus placed on the creation of country wide Cloud Computing infrastructure. Details of the new strategy were released as part of a Digital Britain report published earlier, which includes the development of “G-cloud” – a government-wide cloud computing network. The report highlights the development of a virtual Public Service Network (PSN) with “common design, standards, service level agreements, security and governance.” which goes on to outlined that "all those government bodies likely to procure ICT services should look to do so on a scalable, cloud basis such that other public bodies can benefit from the new capability,” “The Digital Britain rep... (more)

UK Government CIO Sheds Light on "G-Cloud" Plans

Interesting discussion happening on the CCIF Mailing list today. John Suffolk (UK Government CIO) responded to the recent discussion of the UK governments plans to create country wide cloud Infrastructure (aka G-Cloud). Suffolk had this to say: Our approach to G-Cloud stems from the work we have been doing over the past 3 years: Focus on getting desktop designs standardized; rationalize the morass of telecommunications infrastructures into a "network of network" under the Public Sector Network Programme; rationalize the datacenteres; drive through the open source, open standards and reuse strategy; surround each of those individual elements with the Green IT strategy and our Information Assurance strategy. That gives us the ability to start moving towards cloud in a sensible way. As part of this rather than having a shared services in departments we will move them t... (more)

Open Grantmaking - Fast-Tracking the Social Investment Market

As you'll see the last blog posted to our iFOSSF site was published almost two years ago. We've been busy in other areas so the organization has been on hold, but now we're ramping it up again. You'll also see it was about the UK Cabinet Office Open Source strategy, a program they intended to drive major efficiencies not only through the use of open software but more so in terms of the sharing and reuse of best practices this enables. This has since led into their 'G-Cloud' initiative, a strategy to adopt Cloud computing to accelerate uptake of these apps, via an 'ASG' - An Application Store for Government. As I highlighted in the iFOSSF blog, we set up this community site and the organization itself for exactly this purpose, to provide an incubation-to-launch facility for new open source projects. The portal offers workflows for proposing and building software pro... (more)

Blueprint for a G-Cloud Marketplace in the UK

While the ‘Cloud first’ policy of the US Government to stimulate the migration to new Cloud computing services is the $80billion gorilla in the industry, the UK’s ‘G-Cloud’ initiative is similarly large, and indeed more comprehensive in its vision for the role the technology will play in transforming government. Within 5-10 years the program will establish the G-Cloud as the predominant model for ICT delivery in the public sector, involving a wholesale shift to utility services being the norm. Transform Maturity Model As such it can act as the definitive reference maturity model for Government Cloud Computing. The site provides a thoroughly detailed set of documents including materials for defining the strategic business case, governance and commercial models, technical architectures and implementation strategy. The strength of the UK program is their business vi... (more)

Cloud Computing: Digital Economy X Factor

Our Canadian Cloud initiative is intended to help Canada seize the global Cloud computing industry opportunity to revitalize their Digital Economy strategy. It’s an ‘X Factor’ type program to incubate new ideas for this hot sector, like VM Aware, a $ billion firm in the making recently founded in Newfoundland. We have a Linkedin group for this, you can join in too. G-Cloud Innovation Cloud computing is such a powerful investment area for government because not only can it modernize their IT and therefore enhance their business processes and reduce their own operating costs, but this same platform can also boost technology-enabled public innovation across a broader national capacity. This can be aligned to government programs to create more of an ‘Innovation Nation’ program, such as the UK program of the same name. This encompasses aspects such as ICT skills and pr... (more)

British Government to Create Country Wide Cloud Capability

Interesting developments from our friends in the UK today. The British government's newly appointed chief information officer John Suffolk has been given new powers to sign-off all major IT projects with a particular focus placed on the creation of country wide Cloud Computing infrastructure. Details of the new strategy were released as part of a Digital Britain report published earlier, which includes the development of “G-cloud” – a government-wide cloud computing network. The report highlights the development of a virtual Public Service Network (PSN) with “common design, standards, service level agreements, security and governance.” which goes on to outlined that "all those government bodies likely to procure ICT services should look to do so on a scalable, cloud basis such that other public bodies can benefit from the new capability,” “The Digital Britain report... (more)

Digital Britain Switchover : Plug-n-play Innovation

As highlighted the UK’s G-Cloud plan is such a strong template for a Government Cloud Computing model because of the strategic vision for transformation that drives it, and the related links to other government policies it will positively impact to achieve this. In particular the critical piece is the link between Cloud computing and how it will enable the Digital Britain policy, improving the nation’s overall commercial competitiveness through new technology and skills modernization, and simultaneously also the efficiency of the government too through the ‘Digital Switchover’ agenda. Digital Switchover – ASG Innovation Architecture “Digital Switchover” refers to government agencies being obliged to ‘go digital’ in the same way analogue TV was decommissioned and replaced by Digital TV. In this case they refer to government services, like tax returns, Student Loan... (more)

Innovation group for the UK’s G-Cloud programme

Image via Wikipedia In the same way the USA has established a ‘Cloud-first’ policy to transform their ICT platforms, so the UK has published a similar comprehensive programme to build a ‘G-Cloud’ strategy: Government Clouds, also known as ‘Sovereign Clouds’. This will seek savings of up to 20% of their £16billion annual budget through setting up a Government Applications Store, approved IaaS providers, consolidation of data-centres and more. I have set up a new Cloud Ventures group to cluster suppliers and entrepreneurs around this program, and will analyze and document the UK program to define a relevant G-Cloud solutions program. If you would like to join this consortium you can reach the group @ http://tinyurl.com/GCloud-Innovation ... (more)