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  • Guide to managed cloud services

    Cover of Managed cloud services guide

    A guide which explains what managed cloud services are and helps you assess whether building your own in-house capability, or outsourcing to a specialist provider is the right choice for your organisation. 

  • Guide to strategic cloud adoption

    Strategic cloud adoption for government

    This guide is suitable for senior officers within government who are responsible for business and IT transformation, estate management and mapping IT to business strategy.

  • Guide to optimising charity websites for donations

    Optimising charity websites report cover

    We examine key areas of website performance to help charities improve how they use their site for fundraising. We look at mobile performance, desktop speed, accessibility and the overall donation journey on PC and mobile. We also compare the website performance of five major categories of charities; aid, children, environment, health and animal and interview digital leads from some of the UK's biggest charities to identify concerns and examples of best practice.

  • Guide to procuring accredited cloud services

    Cover of guide to producing accredited cloud services

    This step-by-step guide will help government organisations through the process of procuring cloud services via Digital Marketplace. It covers what accredited cloud services are, procurement preparation, comparing suppliers and how to make the final decision. The guide offers insight and questions to ask at every stage of the procurement cycle to help government compare suppliers on a like-for-like basis.

  • Report on delivering cloud first

    Delivering cloud first government report cover

    This report will help government IT decision-makers look at how they can use cloud to transform their organisation and improve services. Based on a survey of 800 civil servants and interviews with senior civil servants and CIOs on the current state of government cloud adoption along with future plans.

  • Guide to charity IT and digital teams working together

    How IT and marketing can work together charities report cover

    We look at how digital and IT teams can work together to successfully manage and deliver digital projects in the charity sector. We also look at roles and responsibilities, what barriers prevent charities improving the delivery of digital projects, and how these can be overcome in co-operation with IT to deliver the best results.





  • People, not technology, block the path to digital transformation

    Our latest research report finds that in 2015 we are seeing a major shift in central government thinking on how it uses technology to transform the way it works and delivers services. In the past the main focus has been to use technology for cost reduction or quick tactic...

  • What is agile?

    What is agile?

    For some people, agile is a buzzword, a trendy term frequently dropped into marketing material and recruitment literature to signify an up-to-the-minuteness which may not manifest as anything productive in reality. To others, like myself, who have been fortunate enough to...

  • An exciting new OpenAthens feature coming this summer: the Redirector

    An exciting new OpenAthens feature coming this summer: the Redirector

    The development team at OpenAthens, with the invaluable input and insight of our partner EBSCO, spent the cold winter months (in the UK at least) developing a new feature for our hosted service: the Redirector. The goal of the Redirector is to create a seamless experience...

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