March 31, 2015
G-Cloud's £500m milestone deserves praise but challenges remain
Government spending through the G-Cloud framework hit the £500m mark in under three years, and G-Cloud sales quadrupled from £129m in February 2014 to £516m in March 2015. This rapid increase in sales will no doubt have the government toasting the success of G-Cloud as one of the initial platforms that support the goal of government-as-a-platform. The total figures paint a positive picture for government spending on the cloud, but digging a little deeper reveals the rapid cloud adoption is perhaps not as comprehensive as it first appears. Cloudy numbers The vast majority of G-Cloud spending has gone on specialist cloud services. Spending on these services in March contributed £28.5m of the £39.2m total for the month and has consistently the biggest type of service sold on the framework.
March 28, 2015
30 women shaping sustainable business
Kate Craig-Wood — Memset (Twitter: @Memset_Kate) Kate is founder managing director of green IT firm Memset, which is Britain's first carbon neutral internet service provider.
March 11, 2015
How SMEs can improve their chances of securing G-Cloud contracts
The G-Cloud framework has now entered its sixth iteration, and while it is fair to say the framework has made it easier for small firms to get government contracts, the large players appear to muscling these companies aside. The latest government figures put the total sales through G-Cloud at £431 million, with £208 million of those sales benefiting SMEs. However, the percentage of sales to SME is in fact declining, making up just 49%. In May 2014 SME G-Cloud sales accounted for over half. Total sales to large enterprises exceeded those of SMEs in October. It begs the question: is the framework now failing these smaller firms? SME supplier Memset, which was one of the first SMEs approved for the G-Cloud framework, questions whether any of the approved suppliers with services listed outside of Lot 4 (Special Consultancy Services) will see an increase in revenue to match.
February 27, 2015
How can G-Cloud remain a government success story?
Over the past month, several reports have suggested that the G-Cloud framework is slowly being abandoned, that the vision behind it has been brushed aside, and that all that remains is a marketing gimmick for the government to point to when SMEs ask what Whitehall is doing to open up opportunities for them. The G-Cloud, which is now in its sixth iteration, was set up as a framework listing approved service providers. Public-sector organisations could procure cloud-based services from suppliers listed in the framework's CloudStore, cutting short the typically lengthy government tender process.
February 22, 2015
Let Us Show You The Way
Kate Craig-Wood Craig-Wood, 38, is a cloud computing entrepreneur, technology speaker and green IT expert. She is the co-founder of Memset, a leading cloud computing provider, and has advised the Cabinet Office on its G-Cloud programme.
February 20, 2015
IT procurement and security risks for 2015
Ensuring your company’s IT infrastructure is up to date or even ahead the curve can prove a challenge. Identifying the right technology to procure in 2015, not to mention foreseeing potential security threats, takes planning. Security experts Symantec say just 11% of SMEs saw investment in IT infrastructure as important and only three per cent cited improving online security as a priority. But as experts predict a rise in security threats this year, there’s never been a more important time to ensure your IT spend is put to the best use.
February 12, 2015
Rclone - Sync File and Directories to Cloud Storage in Linux
Rclone is a command line program to sync files and directories to and from Google Drive, Amazon S3, Openstack Swift / Rackspace cloud files / Memset Memstore, Dropbox, Google Cloud Storage, The local filesystem.
February 10, 2015
Supplier mutiny over government framework duo
The government has come under fire from angry IT suppliers which have teamed up to speak out against the "failed, flawed" Digital Services Framework (DSF) and "disappointing" G-Cloud. The government frameworks were set up in 2013 and 2012 respectively and sit under its Digital Marketplace umbrella. They were each designed to comply with the government's "digital by default" ambitions and its aims to get more SMBs supplying the public sector with digital and cloud services.
February 4, 2015
Top Tips: How to make gamification work for your business
Nathan Johnston is Pre-Sales Technical at cloud server and hosting provider Memset. He has worked behind the scenes at Memset since 2005 and in varied roles within the IT industry since 1996. It’s his job to act as the bridge between Memset’s support team and its clients from both the public and private sector to ensure projects come in on time, on budget and with the right technical needs met. Having helped implement a successful gamification platform for high street cosmetic chain Lush Cosmetics, Nathan shares his top tips on rolling out the idea of gamification into your business.
January 19, 2015
Incus Technologies Announce Expansion of Support Team and Windows Server 2003 End of Life Solutions
Incus Technologies has announced the expansion of its support team to offer 24/7 support to its customers on a global scale. The expansion means the company can now offer around the clock support to its customers in the US and APAC markets. Based in London, the company has formed close partnerships with Tier One hosting providers such as UKFast, Memset, ElasticHosts and Claranet.