Monthly Archives: January 2014

Time for local government to cash in on G-Cloud savings?

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Michael Passingham on V3 has reported quotes from the Head of the Government Digital Service, suggesting that local government bodies are largely ignoring G-Cloud.

Tony Singleton, Chief Operating Officer of the GDS, cited a 2013 survey that found 80 per cent of local authorities have never heard of G-Cloud. This is despite more than 1,000 suppliers now being listed on G-Cloud, and total sales on the platform reaching £78m in almost three years, with savings estimated to be around 80 per cent (coincidentally), versus traditional IT procurement models.

Mr Singleton explained that “We want to start working with partners across local authorities so we can get everyone to understand what G-Cloud is, so we can start to make savings in local government as well as central government”. He admitted that, while it has shown considerable improvement, the current front end of the G-Cloud website is “very clunky”, but affirmed that “We are working on a new version of that now, both to make it easier for suppliers to upload information and for buyers to find out exactly what they want to buy”.

SMEs still take the lion’s share of the revenue, with more than half – £43.7m of the £78m total spend – going to smaller firms. However, the larger individual contracts still go the way of the companies such as IBM and Microsoft.

With the next phase of G-Cloud to launch in mid-February, how will local and central government best make use of the available savings? Find out answers to this question, and many more, at Ovum’s Public Sector Enterprise Insights in London on 13th March. There is an entire stream dedicated to Lean Procurement, Negotiation and G-Cloud, as well as streams on Digital Strategy Leadership, Digital Transformation, Next Generation Innovation, Tools and Data Governance. The event is free to attend for public sector executives, so join us there to firm up your ongoing IT strategy, reduce costs and deliver improved services through digital innovation.

What can Enterprise IT learn from CES?

While the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) can sometimes amount to a bit of a screen-measuring contest, there are always things to be learned from it. Here are the top three things that enterprise IT department managers can learn from the show, in the opinion of Fredric Paul from Network World.

Lesson Number 1: Size Matters.

The 2014 CES was all about really, really big screens. We’re talking television sets the size of Jumbotrons and smartphones the size of tablets.

The giant TVs were all running at 4K or Ultra HD resolutions that demand huge amount of bandwidth but display stunning levels of detail, even when you get right up close to the screen. While they may not be an immediate hit with price-conscious consumers, you can be sure that they’re raising the bar on what employees expect from the displays they use in the workplace. Even as workers increasingly rely on tablets and super-portable Ultrabooks with relatively small screens, when they sit down and plug in at the office, they’re increasingly going to demand big-screen, high-resolution monitors on their desktops.

In the world of portable devices, it seems increasingly clear that small-screen smarpthones are going the way of flip phones. There were plenty of companies showing models with 6-inch screens, and no one was making fun of their comically large dimensions. Samsung even showed its Galaxy Note Pro — a tablet with a whoppping 12.2-inch, 4-megapixel display.

Lesson Number 2: Wearable computing will change everything.

Sure, the influx of wearable computing devices has so far been more hype than happening, more promise than performance. Most of the devices now on the market seem more proof of concept than polished product. And frankly, most of the new offerings I saw at the show didn’t change that assessment. And yet, the sheer numbers of new devices — and the intense interest in the devices by the attendees — helped convince me that we’re seeing the beginnings of a fundamental new category of products.

As that market matures and truly useful devices become available, they’re going to change the way we relate to computing yet again, and enterprise IT will have to adjust. We’ve still got a little time… Google Glass isn’t the answer, the Pebble and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch are too ugly to take seriously (even the new Pebble Steel), and Apple’s Smartwatch is still only a rumor. But in the next year or two, wearable devices will be finding their way into enterprise networks just like smartphones did, and IT had better be ready.

Lesson Number 3: Connectivity is everything.

Buying bigger devices is only half of the equation. The continued increase in the size, number, types, and data requirements of these new devices will continue to put unprecendented pressure on connectivity and bandwidth. That’s true in the home, for mobile devcies in the field, and in enterprise offices and data centers.

Keeping all those devices humming and connecting without delays is going to be a key challenge for many companies in the coming years. Enterprises may find them spending big dollars to boost their available connectivity solutions, both wired and wireless, to let employees and customers access and create the HD content that looks so darn good on all those giant screens.

Vendors at all levels of the communications stack are pushing a wide variety of technologies to help make that happen, and it’s not yet clear which ones will predominate. But it’s a safe bet that what enterprises have in place now is not going to be good enough going forward.

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Ovum Live 2014 brochure at a glance

I hope you’re a fast reader! For more information on our 2014 events, and to download the brochure, visit the Ovum Live homepage.

Smart Cities in the UK to reach new heights

While I feel that Smart City development is something that lends itself to co-operation, as well as competition, it was great to read this press release from the UK Government about their ambitions for Smart Cities in the UK, specifically about the creation of the Smart Cities Forum. The opening to the release is below:

‘Government, cities, businesses and universities are joining forces to make sure the UK is leading the global race to develop smarter cities.

Government, cities, businesses and universities are joining forces to make sure the UK is leading the global race to develop smarter cities. A new forum led by government, will see local authorities and businesses working together to ensure that growth opportunities are not missed in a market estimated to be worth more than $400 billion globally by 2020.

The Smart Cities Forum has met for the first time today (18 December 2013) and will develop plans to support the creation of smarter cities in the UK. Smart cities have the potential for businesses to plan efficient routes to transport goods, allow local authorities to create effective public health services and provide the public with access to real time data so they can plan their daily activities.

The forum is being co-chaired by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts and Cities Minister Greg Clark.

David Willetts said:

There is huge potential for the UK to be the world leader in smart cities. We are well placed to take advantage of up to a $40 billion share of the market place by 2020, so we must make sure we do not miss this opportunity. The new Smart Cities Forum will bring the best minds together on a regular basis to establish a clear plan to exploit the exciting technologies that we have at our disposal.’

David Willetts will be speaking at Ovum’s Smart to Future Cities in April 2014 – www.smarttofuture.com – which is particularly exciting. Other speakers, who are also members of the Smart Cities Forum include Sir Alan Wilson, University College London; Peter Madden, Future Cities Catapult; Scott Steedman, British Standards Institution (BSI), as well as representatives from the cities of Sunderland, Bristol, London, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Birmingham… [and outside of the UK] Chicago, Bilbao, Barcelona, Helsinki, Berlin and more. Check out the speaker line-up here.

Technology end-users from City Councils and Enterprises can register for the event for free, so be sure to secure your place today, and let’s see how Smart Cities can show us that the future is nearer than we think.