SPONSOR PRESS RELEASE – protected-networks and 8MAN named finalists in 2012 Computing Security Awards

8MAN has also been nominated in two categories in the Windows ITPro Community choice awards 2012.

London, 26th September 2012: 8MAN, the flagship solution from Berlin based protected-networks.com GmbH has been shortlisted for 2012 Computing Security Awards in ‘New Product of the Year’ and ‘Best Identity and Access Management Solution’ categories. The achievements of the business have been further recognised by protected-networks being shortlisted for the ‘Security Company of the Year’ Award.

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Whitehall Media’s Public Sector Enterprise ICT Conference, 2012: the delivery and deployment of government’s ICT strategy at Enterprise level

Whitehall Media, the UK’s market-leading business-to-business multi-platform media group is pleased to confirm the date and venue of its fourth Public Sector Enterprise ICT and government ICT strategy Conference. The event will be held at the Hotel Russell, London on 8 November, 2012, and promises to be the most powerful strategic government ICT event of the year. The Conference and Exhibition event will gather together some of the UK’s most influential speakers who drive and determine policy for the most influential sectors within government.

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Businesses with an effective Big Data strategy are far more likely to be more successful than those without one

What strategy determines the success or failure of a business? What can a company do to increase the likelihood of success? Well, according to a recent survey sponsored by business intelligence and analytics solutions provider, SAS, the answer is simple. The survey’s results clearly demonstrate that there is an unquestionable correlation between a successful business and a clearly-defined and well-executed data strategy.

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The Cabinet Office announces higher than expected ICT savings totalling £5.5 billion over the last year

The Coalition government has announced that it has managed to eradicate far more wasteful spending across Whitehall than it originally envisaged. The strict approach to public sector spending has seen the government save an additional £5.5 billion for the taxpayer over the course of the last year according to Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude. The staggering savings were driven predominantly by the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) by applying strict spending controls to reduce expenditure by all government departments on IT contracts, property, marketing, temporary contracts and consultancy. The savings are in addition to the unprecedented savings of £3.75 billion on government ICT and infrastructure achieved through the ICT Procurement Strategy.

The core objectives of the Procurement Strategy were to reduce waste and project failure and to stimulate economic growth, by creating a common ICT infrastructure and using ICT to enable and deliver change and strengthening governance. The government has argued since coming to power that all these changes were crucial if the UK’s ICT structure was to be cost-effective and fit for purpose in the Twenty First Century.

The Cabinet Office has claimed that the latest independently audited additional ICT and procurement savings are the equivalent this year alone to:

  • approximately £500 per working household in Britain;
  • the salaries of around 250,000 junior nurses; or
  • the cost of around 1.6 million primary school places.

Flushed with the success of such record savings, the Cabinet Office has announced that it will continue to pursue its ICT Procurement Strategy and spending controls across all Whitehall departments in order to ensure that it delivers better value for money for taxpayers. Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, said:

“There’s never an excuse for wasting taxpayers’ money in the way it was in the past, but given the size of the deficit this Government inherited and the on-going tough economic climate, we were determined to cut the fat from Whitehall. Because our controls on spending are working well and saving unprecedented amounts of money, I’m determined they will be a permanent feature of good governance.”

“Last year, this Government beat its own prediction and saved a staggering £5.5 billion from departmental expenditure, on top of the £3.75 billion [ICT and procurement] savings from our first year in office. The real question is: why were such savings never made before and why was so much taxpayers’ money squandered on things like unnecessary consultancy, wasteful marketing and underused property leases?”

“In 2010 we set up an Efficiency and Reform Group in the Cabinet Office to beef up government’s operational centre and to ensure that Whitehall operated in a more business-like fashion. It’s working well, but we are determined to go even further, because when it comes to spending other people’s money we must always strive to find more efficient and better ways of providing public services.”