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Paving the way towards the 'Cloud first' digital mandate

Posted by Mark Hall | 28 Sep 2016, 11:05 AM

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It has been over three years since the government announced its 'Cloud first' digital mandate for the public sector however a recent survey shockingly revealed that two-fifths of councils across the UK still have no Cloud strategy in place. In this blog, Mark Hall looks at how public sector organisations are slowly coming around to the Cloud.

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Brexit, Privacy Shield, GDPR and beyond: Where do we go from here?

Posted by Mark Hall | 25 Aug 2016, 09:05 AM

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Following a momentous decision in the UK Brexit vote, it is unsurprising that the last few months have been filled with Brexit stories and questions. With many organisations already heavily into data handling changes to ensure they are GDPR-ready for new data protection laws, those same organisations are now wondering how the vote outcome will affect them. In this blog, Mark Hall cuts through the uncertainty surrounding the effects of the Brexit vote to discuss possible changes to key areas such as data handling and protection.

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Wireless: Good for the nations health

Posted by Mark Hall | 24 Jun 2016, 11:32 AM

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Last year, in a bid to improve patient experience and medical treatment, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that all NHS buildings were to be equipped with free Wi-Fi. Mark Hall explains why this significant investment in digital healthcare means more to the sector than just patients having free access to Netflix and Facebook and how, from cutting paperwork to faster referrals and alert-based monitoring, if rolled-out properly, the benefits to the sector could be endless.

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NHS Innovation Accelerator

Posted by Mark Hall | 1 Apr 2016, 11:58 AM

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As the NHS is challenged with reducing spend and meeting increasing demand, the NHS has had to put innovation at the heart of its programmes to deliver better outcomes against the NHS Outcomes Framework. We look at the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) fellowship programme and some thoughts as guest blogs.

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HSCN: Prescribing a smooth network transition for health and social care

Posted by Mark Hall | 24 Mar 2016, 09:11 AM

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The N3 network has provided the NHS organisations and employees with fast and secure broadband connection for the last 9 years. With the proposed replacement, the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), Mark Hall looks at what this means for the healthcare sector and how it can enable effective data sharing of patient records for greater efficiencies, as well as ensuring consistent security.

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G-Clouds success goes beyond the numbers

Posted by Mark Hall | 24 Feb 2016, 15:03 PM

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As the G-Cloud and Digital Services frameworks announce that they have broken the billion-pound barrier in sales our direct of public sector, Mark Hall, looks at the wider lessons that can be learnt when acquiring Government ICT.

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The EU-US data sharing agreement

Posted by Mark Hall | 16 Feb 2016, 14:00 PM

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With news that European commissioners have agreed to a new framework that ensures data security rights to EU citizens when their data is held by US organisations, Mark Hall discusses if this new framework should make the UK Government any more trusting of the public cloud.

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Government IT strategy: time for the celebrity treatment?

Posted by Mark Hall | 8 Feb 2016, 09:22 AM

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As the Government closes the door on consultation from businesses and the public to drive Government digital strategy, Mark Hall offers up some of his own suggestions on how the Government could make sure they deliver the kind of changes and innovations that will both inspire and benefit the public sector.

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Demystifying the value of the cloud for the public sector

Posted by Mark Hall | 8 Jan 2016, 12:15 PM

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Mark Hall looks at the public sectors perception of Cloud and what could be causing hesitation for government organisations. He discusses ways that Cloud services can create innovation and improve services creating internal efficiencies as well as to the citizen.

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Rethinking NHS services - and driving cost savings

Posted by Mark Hall | 31 Dec 2015, 12:24 PM

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The task of modernising the NHS is a massive one made even more challenging by the need to cut spend. In this blog Mark Hall looks at how the health service at both national and local levels is finding effective ways in which they can manage the health demands of an ageing population while working smarter with their data and spend across the many departments of the health service.

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Navigating obstacles on the cloud journey

Posted by Mark Hall | 3 Dec 2015, 09:41 AM

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In our research that looked at CIO’s approaches and drivers to Cloud, only 2% of the public sector IT managers respondents said that they were ‘strongly supportive’ of cloud. Mark Hall looks at the Government’s Cloud First strategy mandate and G-Cloud framework that has topped £750 million in sales and looks at the strong scepticism of public sector IT managers over implementing cloud.

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Closing the NHS demand-supply gap: reasons for optimism

Posted by Mark Hall | 1 Dec 2015, 12:17 PM

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With the NHS needing to meet growing patient demands and balance system efficiencies it seems a tough job with a £30 billion shortfall identified in its Five Year Forward Plan. Mark Hall discusses how the NHS can close the demand-supply gap and create more time to spend on patient care using ICT-driven improvements.

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Clouding your judgement: the truth behind the public cloud

Posted by Mark Hall | 24 Nov 2015, 10:29 AM

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Mark Hall looks at the confusion that challenges the public sector, using recent example by Lewisham Council. Mark looks at EU and US legislation to point public sector organisations in the right direction when it comes to public sector data in the Cloud.

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What we learnt at CGBT

Posted by Mark Hall | 6 Oct 2015, 16:24 PM

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There are plenty of examples of how cloud is delivering new and innovative services however the public sector faces many challenges as it makes the journey to the cloud. At the recent CGB&T Event in London, Mark Hall found that one of the major concerns discussed was how the transition of data and applications to the cloud actually works.

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Healthcare efficiency through technology: how to spend less time on technology and more time with patients

Posted by Mark Hall | 6 Oct 2015, 14:39 PM

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Despite recent research showing that cost cutting was a big driver for the public sector implementing cloud services, Mark Hall found that, while talking to attendees at the recent Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology event in London, there was also a lot of interest in the innovation in patient care that Cloud services can deliver.

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The transformation of IT within the Public Sector

Posted by Mark Hall | 25 Sep 2015, 11:19 AM

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Over the last five years public sector IT has undergone a huge transformation which has brought massive benefits to workers and the public alike. This blog looks at how the public sector has developed, how they can learn from previous expensive mistakes and how new technology can revolutionise the public sector to bring additional efficiencies.

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Shadow IT in the Public Sector: Chasing your shadow

Posted by Mark Hall | 29 Jul 2015, 09:52 AM

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Along with the growth in popularity of technologies like the cloud and BYOD within the workplace, there has come a need for the understanding of these technologies to reach further than just your IT department. In this blog, Mark Hall looks at the growth of self-provisioning IT or 'Shadow IT' and how IT departments within the public sector need to be able to manage it.

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Why Government as a Platform is missing the point

Posted by Mark Hall | 8 Jul 2015, 11:30 AM

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Mark Hall, Public Sector Director at Redcentric, discusses creating Government as a Platform (GaaP) and how the platform-based model will allow the public sector to deliver more effective services and reduce costs.

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Has the UK government turned its back on UK business?

Posted by Mark Hall | 2 Jul 2015, 11:25 AM

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With recent news that HMRC will be the first major department to move to Google Apps Mark Hall, Public Sector Director at Redcentric, discusses how this news and other recent announcements effect UK businesses and the impact on the G-Cloud.

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Integrating health and social care data: Why it's viable

Posted by Mark Hall | 9 Jun 2015, 15:51 PM

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To date, the Government has viewed the integration of health and social care data as something of a technical challenge. Recent announcements however indicate that this could be about to change. This blog not only looks at why the integration needs to happen but also how it could have a knock on effect for other areas of the public sector.

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