Capita IT Services is hosting a series of free seminars to debunk myths surrounding the use of cloud technology within the public sector.
Capita has teamed up with Microsoft and TechMarketView to offer advice to IT staff in government and healthcare bodies at the half-day briefings in Reading, Farnborough and Edinburgh.
Experts will talk about some of the main concerns about the use of cloud within the public sector and explain how cloud technology can underpin service transformation goals. Among the myths being discussed:
Myth #1: Cloud security and data governance are insufficient;
Myth #2: Cloud means losing control of data;
Myth #3: Moving to the cloud is complex and expensive;
Myth #4: Accessing the cloud is difficult.
In a recent Capita survey* of more than 100 council officials, representing 96 local government bodies from across the UK, respondents were asked to indicate what the Public Services Network (PSN) and G-Cloud meant to them.
While the two most frequently selected options were transforming operational capabilities and achieving cost savings, almost a third (31%) said that they do not know what they are.
Peter Hands, executive director at Capita IT Services, said: “Cloud computing has become an integral part of many businesses across the public sector. Clients we work with at Capita, from NHS trusts to local authorities, have told us that they want the benefits of cloud but are concerned about security and complexity.
“These sessions will help to demystify some of the commonly held myths surrounding the cloud and hopefully persuade attendees of how this technology can help local government realise their objectives and potential.”
Briefings are being held on the following dates:
7 October 2014 - Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, Berkshire.
14 October 2014 - Microsoft Office, Waverley Gate, Edinburgh.
21 October 2014 - The Ark Data Centre, Cody Park, Farnborough, Hampshire.
* The full report - ‘The role of technology in local government transformation’ – can be downloaded via the Capita IT Services website at www.capita-its.co.uk/LGsurvey
Clients we work with at Capita, from NHS trusts to local authorities, have told us that they want the benefits of cloud but are concerned about security and complexity.