Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas

Managing Director

Mike has been involved with PSN since its inception, chairing the workstream that developed the Service Management Framework and associated documents. Mike also directed the development of the Statement of Fairness, the PSN philosophy that all suppliers and customers should be treated fairly and equally and should be welcomed to join into the PSN marketplace. In addition Mike helped define the ‘Codes’ and helped establish the principle that all verification and certification should be re-used as appropriate to reduce the costs to both Industry and Government.

Mike has extensive Sales and Marketing experience in the Telecommunications and Software industries within both SME and Corporate companies in the Reseller, Fixed Line, Mobile Operators and Security Organisations. Currently, Mike is employed in Commercial Management at Centurylink Limited.

Mike lives on the Berkshire/Hampshire borders with his wife and four children, but spent his formative years in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

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Posts by Mike

Episode 15- Why have a WAN?

Episode 15- Why have a WAN?

On 20th January 2017, GDS issued a blog which had an impact on the telecoms world. The title of the blog; The Internet is Ok, reported that the Government’s Technology Leaders Network had decided that all Government data should traverse the Internet rather than the secure Public Services Network (PSN) designed by the Cabinet Office 7 years previously.

Fourteen months later, GDS announced that they have a budget of over a third of a million pounds to hire consultants to discover the User Need. We will see if this changes from the ones quoted by Keith last year from the start of the PSN project. The consultants work is targeted to start in the Summer and last until the end of 2018. Following this, it is suggested that an automated mechanism is created to implement common standards, architectural patterns, guidance and service process to test and deploy effectively a replacement for PSN. 

In ths episode, Mike Thomas introduces Keith Smith of Virgin Media who talks about Why have a WAN (Wide Area Network)?

Episode 14 – Network Services 2 – Supplier Briefing

Episode 14 – Network Services 2 – Supplier Briefing

During May 2018, Innopsis hosted a series of meetings in London, Leeds and Norwich pus two webinars for the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to discuss the plans for Network Services 2 Framework (RM3808)

Richard Barnes talks to Mike Thomas, the person representing Innopsis at each of the event about some of the concerns raised and to discuss some of the activity that is to be undertaken over the course of the next few weeks as we prepare for the release of the Framework Section Process.

Focus on the seedlings

Last month, I was honoured to be invited to judge submissions for several award categories for the Comms Week National Awards. The awards are a highlight of the Comms Reseller Channel allowing resellers of all sizes and experience to share in the collaboration of the channel, to celebrate good practice.
So how did the nominees get their business?

Where next for Public Sector Networking?

Where next for Public Sector Networking?

Public Sector is facing the biggest changes in the history of information technology. From computing to networking and secure storage, technology traditionally has required fixed, inflexible hardware environments. Server virtualisation was the first step towards changing that model, offering new flexibility for using computing resources more efficiently.

The Case for Change

Public Sector is facing the biggest changes in the history of information technology. From computing to networking and secure storage, technology traditionally has required fixed, inflexible hardware environments. Server virtualisation was the first step towards changing that model, offering new flexibility for using computing resources more efficiently. Virtualisation in the data centre for workload mobility brought efficient resource utilisation and high availability and helped to drive down cost and those benefits are now being realised by Public Sector in reducing spend with and of course increased competition by service providers to maintain revenues.

POST-BREXIT: What Changes Should We Make to Public Sector Procurement Law?

POST-BREXIT: What Changes Should We Make to Public Sector Procurement Law?

Brexit offers a rare opportunity in public policy – the opportunity to critically review how government works and rethink it. Innopsis’ engagement with the public sector gives its members the ability to help shape the policy and make it easier to do business.

So, if I had a magic wand, what are the top 5 changes that I would make?

The Internet is OK… so what is the future of PSN?

The Internet is OK… so what is the future of PSN?

The principles of PSN were established in late 2008 to help Government and the wider Public Sector achieve direct cost savings and transform how Public Sector organisations operate and how they deliver citizen services.

The Government has now stated that “The internet is ‘ok’ ” and signalled its intent to move away from the PSN and future services should be made available on the Internet. So waht does this mean?

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