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Friday, 06 February 2015 10:23

EU to help solve the fear of the cloud

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A new EU funded project is aimed at helping the public sector IT departments to overcome the fear of the cloud

The benefits of cloud adoption are widely recognised within Europe’s public sector, however despite this awareness, adoption is still years behind the private sector, and the latest figures for the Digital Marketplace G-Cloud prove this.

The Digital Marketplace G-Cloud framework is a European leader in promoting cloud use   but has still only managed £430 million of projects and there’s a noticeable lack of local authorities using the service.

In order to speed the take up of cloud in the UK and Europe  the European Commission has created  a pilot project entitled a ‘Cloud Approach for Innovation in Public Services’ (CLIPS). The project is funded by the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework (CIP) Programme of the European Commission, and aims to get more public sector organisations on to the cloud.

To achieve this task the project plans work with businesses and the public sector to create a dedicated framework for cloud based public services that address three principal sectors, architecture, design and security.  The frameworks will then be tested with five pilots in five cities: Stockport (UK), Bremerhaven (Germany), Lecce (Italy), Santander (Spain) and Novi Sad (Serbia).  

The tests will centre around some fictional examples that combine the public-sector, business and citizens for example a family moving from one member state to another and the typical complexities that such a move could entail. Taking into account administrative requirements such as registering for utilities, schooling, local taxes, social care, all through the use of use of a dedicated cloud based infrastructure.

The pilots are expected to last 30 months and following the hopefully successful trials will result in the delivery of a common platform with interoperable services, transferable methodology and associated business models that will be adopted by cloud based public services throughout the EU.

As part of the proposed pilots, CLIPS want to hear the views and experiences of other public organisations, businesses and citizens when it comes to cloud adoption.  So go and vent your spleen at the CLIPS stakeholder group.

BTW you can tell them from us that a 30 month project in the days of Agile and cloud is about 28 months too long.  This should be a short sprint with multiple choices happening concurrently. And they wonder why cloud is taken up faster by the public sector.

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