Cloud Adoption and Procurement Guides

Local Government Guide to Cloud Adoption | PICSE Guide to Cloud Procurement | The PICSE Roadmap


Eduserv: Assessing your readiness for cloud - A local government Guide

The case for cloud technology in local government is supported by the need for public sector organisations to focus their efforts on delivering public services, the ability to migrate the risks associated with legacy equipment and datacentres and flexibility that supports the changing and evolving nature of digital demands.
This guide will help IT and business leaders within local authorities learn how they can assess whether their organisation is ready for cloud, and use this assessment to support a business case. This guide will then discuss how you can start to plan and implement a cloud strategy.


What you will learn:

  • Creating a cloud strategy to support digital transformation
  • Building a business case for cloud
  • Cultural readiness
  • Needs assessment
  • Technical readiness
  • Budgetary readiness
  • Resourcing readiness
  • Awareness and management of risk
  • Creating an initial strategy and kicking off the project
  • Success measures – showing the value

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The PICSE project has set up a European Procurers' Platform, the www.picse eu, capable of raising the level of understanding of the issues surrounding procurement of cloud services based on a set of procurement use cases from the science domain. The platform is a unique repository of information supporting the networking of procurers, promoting the cloud services market and helping procurers to understand the implication of ongoing work under the cloud computing strategy.

Guide to Cloud Procurement 

The PICSE Guide to Cloud Procurement provides a checklist for all those involved in the process of the procurement of cloud services in the public sector with special emphasis on the research sector.


Some key elements of the document include: 

  • Indentifying the most suitable cloud service model for your needs
  • Understanding potential issues faced during the cloud procurement process
  • Writing an effective cloud tender.
  • Assesing the cloud-specific Terms of Service carefully.


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The PICSE Roadmap

Cloud Service Procurement for Public Research Oraganisations provides a  realistic roadmap for public sector research institutions to procure cloud services for the next 5 years. 

The Roadmap highlights the existing challenges, barriers and trends in procuring cloud services in the science domain. You will find clear Calls to Action for the 3 major stakeholders involved in the cloud procurement process: Public Research Organisations, Cloud Service Providers and Policy Makers. Key themes of the Call to Action include:

  • Competences and organisational culture
  • Innovation in procurement and services
  • Stimulating the research cloud ecosystem
  • Moving towards commoditisation
  • Validating the benefits.


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Procuring Cloud Services Today 

Experiences and Lessons Learnt from the Public Sector

This document describes the experience of public sector organisations across Europe who have either carried out a process to procure cloud services, or are considering doing so. The experiences vary in terms of success and offer insights into how the procurement of cloud services is impacting on their current processes.

What are the main challenges they face in purchasing cloud services? Are organisations able to apply or adapt existing standard procurement policies in order to benefit from what cloud service providers offer? Do staff have the necessary skill-sets to assess the market and make the right choice?
Building on the case studies, an analysis was completed to consider the outcomes and to identify common trends experienced in each study. Based on this, a detailed set of conclusions has been produced for the following areas:
  • Skills necessary to run a successful cloud procurement process
  • How to write effective specifications in a cloud tender
  • Recommendations on how to procure IaaS
  • Pros & cons in deciding upon a joint procurement process
  • Procurers’ wish list for procuring cloud services
  • Main barriers faced by public sector organisations in procuring cloud.


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