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How local government can maintain its cloud momentum

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 3, 2020 4:50:45 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in Cloud migration


Although local authorities are increasingly moving services to the cloud, they’ve been much slower to do so than central government. After working on cloud implementations with both councils and government agencies, I believe there’s one key reason for this - the wide range of services local authorities provide.

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My technology predictions for 2020

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 18, 2019 10:45:00 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in Insider, Strategy


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Cutting through IT complexity can save money

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2019 3:53:21 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in IT Strategy, New Technology


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Is the IT strategist an endangered species?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 23, 2019 8:34:54 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in Insider, IT Strategy, IT Transformation

Heard about the chief executive who’s confident that his organisation has 24x7 IT support, but doesn’t realise that this relies on one of two key people answering their phone at 2am if something goes wrong?

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Hybrid cloud: tackling the finger-pointing when something goes wrong

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 11, 2019 5:31:14 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in Fordway Managed Services, Disaster Recovery, IT Strategy, Cloud Monitoring

If your organisation is using a mix of cloud services from different providers, how are you going to ensure delivery of the agreed service levels? Human nature being what it is, if a problem occurs, each supplier will typically claim that “it’s not my fault”, so you need a quick, effective way of finding out exactly where the problem lies. Ideally this should use information independent of that provided by the cloud supplier.

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Do you really want to change IT?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2019 10:14:35 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in Governance, cloud intermediation, IT Strategy, IT Transformation, New Technology

We’ve all read those articles about digital transformation. The ones which extol the virtues of a continuous change programme underpinned by a technology roadmap to drive business improvement. It sounds marvellous. After all, we all acknowledge the benefits and value that data and automation can bring. But the tricky bit for many organisations is simply getting there.

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Corporate IT in 2019: decentralisation, serverless computing, blockchain and SDN

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2018 9:15:10 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in IT Strategy, trends, New Technology

At this time of year I’m always asked to look into my crystal ball and predict the IT trends that will make the most impact in the next 12 months. Here are my four top tips.

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How cloud is evolving to support AI

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 15, 2018 11:07:34 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in Insider, cloud, New Technology

Today’s move on cloud is the next logical step in the waves of centralisation and decentralisation that characterise IT. One moment we think the best place for intelligence in the network is at the edge, then technology changes and it moves to the centre. When client-server came along, terminals became PCs and the mainframe morphed into the database server.

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Could you cope with a ransomware attack?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 6, 2018 1:22:00 PM / by Richard Blanford

Ransomware attacks are on the rise and are rapidly becoming the leading cyber risk for business ahead of data theft. Recent reported attacks in the UK include the Arran Brewery, S J Andrew and Sons, a steel stockholding and industrial supplies specialist, and Bristol Airport.

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Solving the problem of technical debt

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 2, 2018 12:32:48 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in IT Strategy, technology


Is your IT team battling technical debt? I don’t just mean that you’re not using the latest operating system, but whether you’re gradually building up technical problems that are going to come back and bite you in the future.

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