Memset wins HMRC role
July 17, 2015
SME cloud provider Memset has been signed by Fujitsu to provide hosting services to HM Revenue & Customs from its Official/IL3 data centre. The infrastructure is built entirely on open source software, in line with the government’s policy of encouraging its use by Whitehall departments. Tim Moody, chief technical officer of Fujitsu HMRC, said: “As HMRC rapidly moves to digital, it gives us a number of exciting opportunities and we feel working in partnership with smaller, agile suppliers like Memset helps us bring continuous innovation to HMRC projects, which will in turn drive down costs.” Memset has recently secured Official over PSN accreditation from the Cabinet Office for a range of services, as well as direct PSN-Protected connectivity.
Memset highlights change in SI behaviour
July 16, 2015
UK-based SME cloud infrastructure provider, Memset, has been singing the praises of one of the leading suppliers of infrastructure services to the UK public sector – Fujitsu. And indeed the praises from Memset MD, Kate Craig-Wood went further, wrapping in the SIs in general. The comments come as Memset reveals it has been signed by Fujitsu to deliver infrastructure hosting services to HMRC from its OFFICIAL/IL3 data centre. Fujitsu recently became a direct contractor to HMRC after its subcontract to Capgemini was novated (on 1st Jan). Craig-Wood states: “The partnership is a clear indication that SIs are really starting to change. They are recognising that working with SMEs like Memset is vital for them to be able to deliver best value and innovation and continue to secure public sector contracts”. Fujitsu has a good track record of working witFujitsu logoh SMEs. In our last UK public sector SITS supplier landscape report we highlighted that the company had over 800 SMEs in its supply chain, benefiting from 20% of Fujitsu’s external revenues. It has recognised the need to embrace more SMEs within its public sector contracts in order to help deliver the UK Government’s SME agenda. With Memset, it has found an SME with OFFICIAL over PSN accreditation from the Cabinet Office for a range of services, as well as direct PSN-protected connectivity. Moreover, Memset’s hosting infrastructure is built entirely on open source software, meeting the Government’s desire to utilise open source technology. For Memset, the relationship should open up more opportunities than it would have had as a stand-alone SME. All our research indicates that smaller companies welcome working indirectly via large partners. That’s as long as they treat them well. We’re sure Craig-Wood will make certain of that.
IT cloud provider picks up HMRC contract for infrastructure support
July 16, 2015
Memset, an infrastructure cloud provider, has been signed by Fujitsu to support HMRC as it moves to deliver digital services. Earlier this year, Mark Dearnley, HMRC’s chief digital and information officer, told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) the department was adopting a ‘lean, interactive, agile process’ as part of a phased approach to replacing its existing Aspire contract, which is due to end in June 2017 when HMRC plans to bring the technology and systems back in-house.
Fujitsu brings in Memset to help with HMRC contract
July 15, 2015
Memset’s hosting infrastructure is built entirely on open source software SME cloud provider Memset has been signed by Fujitsu to deliver services to HMRC. The partnership enables HMRC to meet the government’s mandate for using open source technology, as Memset’s hosting infrastructure is built entirely on open source software. For Memset, the deal brings the opportunity to develop and deliver existing and new services for HMRC and wider government departments, through the close business relationship with Fujitsu. Memset will provide infrastructure hosting services to HMRC from its OFFICIAL/IL3 data centre.
Fujitsu calls up Memset to deliver infrastructure services to HMRC
July 14, 2015
Memset has been enlisted by Fujitsu to provide infrastructure hosting services to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), having secured a Public Services Network (PSN) Protected connection to its Surrey-based datacentre. The infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider confirmed to Computer Weekly that HMRC is officially the first public sector organisation to make use of the IL3 facility, but others are set to follow.
Computing Vendor Excellence Awards 2015: and the winners are...
July 12, 2015
The room was packed at London's fabulous Royal Garden Hotel on Friday for Computing's inaugural Vendor Excellence Awards. It was fantastic to see you all there for the champagne reception, delicious three-course meal and truly spectacular freestyle rapping by the very talented Chris Turner, who compered the event in a truly memorable way. But it wouldn't have been an Awards event without those gongs, so here are the 2015 winners in full.
Should the strong US dollar prompt European CIOs to shop around for cloud?
July 9, 2015
The growing strength of the US dollar has big implications for European CIOs' IT budgets, as unfavourable exchange rates with the Euro force technology suppliers to raise their prices to make up the shortfall. It’s a trend analyst house Gartner has been cautioning IT chiefs to watch for several months now, as it fears US suppliers may resort to “obfuscation techniques” to push product price hikes through without users realising. Microsoft has already publicly confirmed plans to increase the Eurozone pricing for its Azure public cloud platform from 1 August 2015 to counteract the effect of the strong US dollar against the weakening Euro.
Serving Generation Y
July 6, 2015
Almost half of local aauthorities are unprepared to meet the needs of ‘Generation Y’, an LGC survey has revealed. The research, conducted in association with Civica, found that a significant proportion of local authorities are not redesigning services to cope with the demands of people born in the 1980s and 1990s - the ‘digital natives’ with high expectations of technology within service delivery. LGC’s research found that 41% of local authorities either do not know what Generation Y’s needs are, or have not yet put in place any steps to address their needs.
Home Secretary named Internet Villain at the 2015 ISPA Awards
July 3, 2015
ISPA announced the winners of the 17th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards, the ISPAs. Eighteen awards were given out on the night with dozens of innovative providers and organisations present at the ceremony in the City of London. David Davis MP and Tom Watson MP were jointly named as Internet Hero for their legal action against DRIPA, seeing off competition from the Interception of Communications Commissioner, Privacy International and GreenNet and Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. David Anderson QC. Surveillance has dominated both the Hero and Villain shortlists for number of years, and it was felt Davis and Watson were some of the best informed politicians on the subject.
ISPA Reveal Winners from the 2015 UK ISP Internet Industry Awards
July 2, 2015
The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has officially announced the winners of their 17th annual 2015 Internet Industry Awards, which saw Hyperoptic pick-up the prize for “Best Superfast Broadband” provider (third time in a row) and they also secured the gong for “Best Consumer Fixed Broadband“. But there were many more categories and winners. This year the event, which was held at The Brewery in the City of London, included the addition of four new categories: ‘Best SME Broadband‘, ‘Best Enterprise Broadband‘, a new ‘Safety Award‘ for those who have made an impact in that field and a ‘Security Award‘ for the best Internet related security product or initiative.