The OCA applauds the work that has gone into Version 2.3 of the UK Office of Government Commerce's Model ICT Agreement. However, further to its White Paper on OGC contract terms, there are a number of places, where OCA is seeking changes to the position. These are the subject of comments recently submitted by the OCA to the OGC.
Following on the heels of an enquiry by the Department of Justice (DOJ) into the tactics employed by IBM in the mainframe market, a company called Neon has filed a lawsuit in a Texas court which appears to bear on the same behaviour.
Cloud computing is hitting the headlines, and for good reason: it is providing business and consumers with a vast array of new services. In addition, it is making computing more cost-effective, allowing businesses to do more with less. Listen to interviews from experts, including Joao da Silva, recently retired Director of Network and Communication technologies at the European Commission, Gregg Brown, Microsoft’s Senior Director in the Interoperability Group and Tim Cowen, Director of the Open Computing Alliance, speaking about how to best approach issues of interoperability and data portability within cloud computing specifically as part of Microsoft's Interoperability Series.
The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) has published its analysis of the information security benefits and key security risks of cloud computing. The danger of lock-in, making it difficult for a customer to migrate data from one provider to another or to bring its data back to an in-house IT environment, is one of the risks identified along with loss of governance, compliance risks and insecure data deletion. Identified benefits include dynamic resource allocation, and benefits of scale in security investments.
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The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and industry should aim for “win/win” contracts: a major problem at present is the addition of unreasonable terms that bear no relation to the substance of the contract, often by external advisors seeking to “add value” to a particular deal. Both OGC and OCA should make common cause to stop unreasonable terms being applied. Unreasonable terms create risk and undermine trust: leading to badly implemented deals and unsuccessful programmes. In this white paper, the OCA has set out 5 short-term solutions.
The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers have reached an agreement on the EU Telecoms Reform. The reform, proposed by the Commission in November 2007 ( IP/07/1677 ), substantially strengthens competition and consumer rights on Europe's telecoms markets, facilitates high-speed internet broadband connections to all Europeans and establishes a European Body of Telecoms Regulators to complete the single market for telecoms networks and services.
By Nick White (ZDNet)
It is not good enough just to say government departments must work together over technology. The time has come for a corporate-like governance function in government.
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The OCA has prepared a report on Cloud Computing Standards.
Since 2008 a number of associations have formed – particularly in the US – to look at the issue of standards and cloud computing. Much of their work has been concentrated on defining the architecture of the cloud around which standards should be based.
Genachowski is launching a notice for proposed rule making proposing the addition of two principles to the existing "Four Freedoms" - principles that have been established by the FCC to protect the openness of the Internet.