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Government departments ordered to comply with open standards

(Computerworld UK) By Derek du Preez

Effective immediately, all government departments are to comply with a set of Open Standards Principles (OSPs) when procuring for IT contracts.

The standards were developed following a public consultation that ran from February to June this year, where feedback from government bodies and IT suppliers was assessed to establish whether OSPs would reduce costs and level the playing field for SMEs when bidding for government contracts.

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Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe - What is it and what does it mean for me?

Frequently Asked Questions on Cloud computing and the European Cloud Partnership (ECP)

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Securing the Cloud

(Amcham China) By Michael Mudd

Michael Mudd (OCA Asia-Pacific Representative) sets out the benefits and uses of Cloud Computing in the April issue of China Amcham Magazine.

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UK G-Cloud v1 and the Impact on Cloud Contracts

This paper by Kuan Hon, Prof Christopher Millard and Prof Ian Walden, Queen Mary University of London, School of Law, describes and assesses the UK government's 2011-2012 pilot cloud computing framework, G-Cloud v1, including lessons learned, particularly contractual and other legal issues.

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Spotlight on IT: Going green with ICT 

(Eco-Business) By Jenny Marusiak

Michael Mudd, the Hong Kong-based Asia Pacific representative for an industry association called the Open Computing Alliance, comments on the work that has been invested into turning data centres greener.

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G-Cloud programme to reveal 250 successful suppliers

(Business Cloud News)

The UK Government is expected to announce around 250 successful suppliers for its cloud computing procurement initiative, G-Cloud, a source close to the process has told Business Cloud News. An official announcement on winning bids is expected to be provided by Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, on 13th February, next Monday.

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SOPA threatening to derail Irish cloud vision

(Business Cloud News) blog post by Ian Bergin, Cloud Evangelist

While SOPA has created plenty of exposure and led to much positive action in the US of late, Ireland still awaits a governmental ruling that could yet have a detrimental effect on the country’s bid to become a centre of cloud computing excellence (and a whole lot more). One of our guest bloggers, Ian Bergin, has been at the centre of the ‘Stop SOPA Ireland’ campaign, and explains why he thinks the potential ruling could prove so disastrous for his country's future online economy.

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Digital Commissioner announces ‘G-Cloud’ for Europe 


(Business Cloud News)

The Digital Agenda Commissioner for Europe, Neelie Kroes, has announced that the European Commission will give €10m towards a new Cloud Computing Partnership, to try and help aid “flagging economies” on the continent.

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Andy Nelson appointed new UK Government CIO 

(Business Cloud News)

Andy Nelson has been appointed the new CIO for UK Government, replacing Joe Harley who announced his retirement late last year. Nelson will retain his position as CIO for the Ministry of Justice alongside the new role, and will be closely involved with the current procurement process for the Government’s G-Cloud initiative.

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