Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Skyscape? Yes? No? Akamai? Maybe? Where is GOV.UK?

DMossEsq has just been contacted and told that he's wrong – a daily event that the reader would not normally be troubled with, but this is different.

PRESS RELEASE: GOV.UK/digital by default – 17 questions for Mr Maude

The following press release has been issued:



PRESS RELEASE


To:

Home Office
OIG (re US-VISIT)
IDABC (re OSCIE)
China (re Golden Shield)
Pakistan (re NADRA)
FBI (re NGI)
UIDAI (re Aadhaar)
Agencies
GOV.UK/digital by default – 17 questions for Mr Maude
17 October 2012

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

GDS – the user experience of misfeasance in public office

Tomorrow's news
17 October 2012 – GOV.UK goes live
22 October 2012 – major announcement on IdA (identity assurance)
26 October 2012 – G-Cloud II
Who knows when? – midata

What does that all add up to?

Whitehall and others wasting your money with impunity – the disgraceful state of public administration in the UK.

You want DMossEsq to draw you a map?

OK:

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Martha Lane Fox – https://www.gov.uk/machiavelli

Something's up
It's still only 12 October as DMossEsq starts this post and the Government Digital Service (GDS) team have already published 22 posts on their blog this month. They've never done that before. Something's up:

Thursday, 11 October 2012

GDS and Skyscape

The following open letter has been sent by email to ex-Guardian man Mike Bracken in his capacity as Executive Director, Government Digital Service (GDS) and Senior Responsible Officer Owner for the Cabinet Office's identity assurance programme (IdA). No response has been received:

[Skyscape has subsequently changed its name to UKCloud: "London – August 1, 2016 – Skyscape Cloud Services Limited, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave assured cloud services company, has today renamed and relaunched as UKCloud Ltd (www.ukcloud.com), to reinforce the company’s exclusive focus on supporting the UK public sector in the digital transformation of services".]

HMRC and Skyscape

The following open letter has been sent by email* to Lin Homer in her capacity as Chief Executive, Permanent Secretary and Commissioner of HMRC:

[Skyscape has subsequently changed its name to UKCloud: "London – August 1, 2016 – Skyscape Cloud Services Limited, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave assured cloud services company, has today renamed and relaunched as UKCloud Ltd (www.ukcloud.com), to reinforce the company’s exclusive focus on supporting the UK public sector in the digital transformation of services".]

Thursday, 4 October 2012

GDS get off to a bad start, and it's only going to get worse

GDS have broken cover.

GDS is the Government Digital Service and they are responsible for a government project called "identity assurance" (IdA). They were due to announce the winners of the tender to provide identity assurance services in the UK by 30 September 2012. They missed the deadline but three articles appeared in the British press today:
All the nonsense that DMossEsq has been blogging about has been confirmed in those articles as government policy. And not just the UK government. The US as well – cloud computing, midata, Skyscape, Universal Credit, Facebok, Google, PayPal, Twitter, GOV.UK, OIX, ...

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Skyscape, Whitehall have no excuse, the contracts must be unwound

... irresponsible, unwise, imprudent, disgraceful ...
indefensible ...
misfeasance in public office ...

5 questions were posed to the G-Cloud team and the Government Digital Service (GDS). These questions concern Skyscape Cloud Services Ltd.

Skyscape is a new company with just £1,000 of paid up share capital and just one director, who also happens to be the only shareholder.

[Skyscape has subsequently changed its name to UKCloud: "London – August 1, 2016 – Skyscape Cloud Services Limited, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave assured cloud services company, has today renamed and relaunched as UKCloud Ltd (www.ukcloud.com), to reinforce the company’s exclusive focus on supporting the UK public sector in the digital transformation of services".]

You can't get much smaller than Skyscape and yet the company's wares are listed on the G-Cloud on-line shop, CloudStore. You can't get much smaller, and yet GDS have contracted with Skyscape to host GOV.UK, the new central government website. And HMRC have contracted with this one-man company to store the data currently held at local HMRC offices.

All the normal rules are broken by these baffling decisions. National assets are being entrusted to the care of what looks like a tiny, new company. Thus the five questions.

Monday, 1 October 2012

What are GDS doing while DWP wait for an identity assurance service they can use for Universal Credit?

OIX provides a means of engaging with partners to structure alpha projects that experiment with solutions to real-world problems. These projects will morph and scale into production solutions ...
No?

Me neither.

The wordage above was assembled by Don Thibeau, the Chairman and At-large Director of OIX.

Cloud computing and the Gadarene lemmings of Whitehall

It happens sometimes. You sit down to write a post and find you've already written it. In this case three months ago, HMG's cloud computing strategy – there isn't one.