Cloud computing has prompted a step change in the economics and sustainability of ICT and driven innovation in both the public and private sector.

Over the last 12 months, the UK government has demonstrated its commitment to driving cloud computing adoption with the launch of the G-Cloud Services Framework, the recent second iteration and its aim of reducing government technology costs by £120m per year by 2014-15. Central government also has the goal for half of its IT spend to go on cloud services by 2015 and, following the launch of the first iteration of the CloudStore in February, £500,000 contracts were signed within the first 10 weeks. To date, G-Cloud has secured more than £2.6 million deals.

Aside from cost savings, what other benefits does the cloud hold for government organizations? Whether central government departments, local councils or NHS organizations, Huddle’s customers are experiencing benefits such as:

  • The ability to work securely across the firewall with other councils, stakeholders and private sector consultants. For example, East Devon District Council brought together 11 councils, two external suppliers and a huge amount of data in Huddle so that everyone could work together on a project
  • Support for remote or mobile workers, providing access to the information they need regardless of where they are or the device they are using
  • Full visibility of all actions against documents thanks to full audit trails and version controls

On 16 January 2013, Huddle’s Government in the Cloud Conference will bring together CIOs, technology directors, programme managers and thought leaders in central and local government, independent analysts and journalists to discuss:

  • How UK government’s cloud strategy has progressed over the last 12 months
  • How cloud adoption transforms the role of IT in public sector organizations
  • European attitudes to cloud and how European cloud strategy might impact UK cloud procurement and regulation
  • The success of cloud deployments within local and central government and how they are  driving efficiency and productivity
  • Public vs private clouds: which clouds should the public sector use and when?

Places at this event are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so secure your spot and sign up today to see an all-star cast.

Speakers including 451 Research analyst Alan Pelz-Sharpe, VP EuroCloud Phil Wainewright and Michaela Drummond, Senior IT Practitioner, Met Office.

The all-star cast – more to be revealed tomorrow!

Alan Pelz-Sharpe, Research Director, Content Management and Collaboration, The 451 Research

Alan Pelz-Sharp has more than 20 years experience in the information management industry, working with a wide variety of end-user organizations and suppliers around the world.

Alan was formerly a Partner at The Real Story Group, ECM Consulting Director at Indian Services firm Wipro, and VP for North America at industry analyst firm Ovum.


Phil Wainewright, Vice President, EuroCloud; CEO, Procullux Ventures; ZDNet blogger

Phil Wainewright is an influential commentator and strategist on Internet computing and its impact on business, with a track record of spotting key themes and trends at an early stage. His forthcoming book, Frictionless Enterprise, describes how forward-looking enterprises are harnessing the cloud for business transformation, redefining best practice for successful organizations in the 21st century.

He serves as Vice President of EuroCloud, a pan-European business network established to bring together the cloud computing industry in Europe, to act as its collective voice, and to make the case for cloud to European business. EuroCloud is present in 30 European countries and is an important contributor to EU policy processes on cloud computing.

For more than a decade, Phil Wainewright has promoted the business benefits of software-as-a-service and cloud computing and championed industry best practices. His software-as-a-service blog on ZDNet helps shape the agenda for the industry, and he is a frequent speaker and facilitator at industry conferences and customer events.

Michaela Drummond, Senior IT Practitioner, Met Office

Michaela Drummond has extensive experience working with small businesses, growing and selling her own. She is a keen strategic analyzer whose experience in business development, financial management, training and operational management, gives her both a thorough understanding of the integrated functions of business operation and how to remain grounded through transition and crisis. Her previous roles include everything from Customer Service Agent to Chief Operating Officer in a variety of environments.

Today, Michaela is passionate about technology and enjoys her role in Information Management at the UK Meteorological Office, working with other public sector organizations and individuals to improve collaboration. She is responsible for the support and training of end users on system applications. Most recently, Michaela has been instrumental in implementing a virtual learning environment and transforming the way the organization learns by designing and introducing e-learning programs.

Remember places at this event are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so sign up today to secure your spot.

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