At the beginning of 2020, in conjunction with our partner Vysiion, Cloud Gateway released a report detailing survey responses from IT leaders across the public sector concerning their cloud and digital transformation strategies. The paper’s central theme was the government’s 2013 Cloud First policy. The results proved an interesting insight into how different organisations from across central and local government have interpreted and implemented the guidelines, including some of the common obstacles to transformation.
The latest indication from GDS is that the PSN could close down as early as 2023. Organisations have been mandated to migrate to modern network solutions which offer more competitive commercial terms, increased security and greater flexibility. Many organisations lack the resource or expertise to manage this transition without disruption to services or users, spiralling costs and delays. This blog is going to examine some of the challenges local and central government entities will likely face over the coming months and years migrating away from the PSN.
Prior to Christmas we published the first in a series of blogs exploring the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the retail sector. Despite an extremely challenging year for the majority of the industry, we discussed how the resourcefulness and innovation shown by retailers throughout 2020 provided reason for optimism in 2021. The second instalment in this series addresses the specific challenges retailers are confronted by as we move deeper into the new year.
What technology will see growing popularity over the next 12 months or so? 2020 ripped up the rulebook across the board but it brought with it some interesting shifts in what technology is being consumed by organisations. And that’s definitely influenced what technology is top of the priority list for 2021.
With cloud vendors pushing their cloud packages as the ‘best’ solution and industry terms such as hybrid cloud, multicloud and SASE being scattered across the internet with varying applications of these terms, it can be difficult for companies to really know which solution is best for their business.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt across almost all sectors, but very few have been hit as hard as retail or hospitality, with many organisations forced to deliver services remotely with little pre-warning. With Christmas on the horizon, but a second national lockdown to navigate first, what is the outlook for some of our favourite retailers?
For the second in a series of blog posts, we're looking back at results from a survey of public sector organisations. A key result which the survey uncovered was that a surprising 53% of public sector organisations estimated that their cloud strategy would take 24+ months to execute.
The second in our Partner Spotlight series focuses on the UK’s leading digital and cloud experts, ANS. ANS and Cloud Gateway recognise that the biggest enabler to consuming cloud and digital services is an agile connectivity and infrastructure foundation built upon cloud and digital practices.
At the beginning of 2020, 79% of organisations correctly identified that they must ‘think’ public cloud first. However, only 59% of organisations considered cloud a ‘Very Important’ part of their overall digital strategy. Now public sector organisations have a chance to take a step back, think strategically, and build something which transforms moving forward.
The most effective way to ensure you adopt the best-of-breed applications and services for your business is by implementing a multicloud strategy, however the security implications of a multicloud infrastructure must be carefully considered to establish a flexible, scalable model that mitigates security risks faced today and in the future.