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Outsourcer Capita is hosting a series of free seminars for the public sector to help "debunk myths surrounding the use of cloud technology".

Outsourcer Capita is hosting a series of free seminars for the public sector to help "debunk myths surrounding the use of cloud technology".

Capita has teamed up with Microsoft and industry analyst TechMarketView to offer advice to IT staff in government and healthcare bodies at half-day briefings in Reading, Farnborough and Edinburgh.

Experts will talk about some of the main concerns about the use of the cloud within the public sector, and explain how cloud technology can "underpin service transformation goals".

Among the myths being discussed are:

Myth #1: Cloud security and data governance are insufficient

Myth #2: Cloud means losing control of data

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Myth #3: Moving to the cloud is complex and expensive

Myth #4: Accessing the cloud is difficult

Peter Hands, executive director at Capita IT Services, said: “Cloud computing has become an integral part of many businesses across the public sector. Clients we work with, from NHS trusts to local authorities, have told us that they want the benefits of the cloud but they are concerned about security and complexity."

He said: “These sessions will help to demystify some of the commonly held myths surrounding the cloud and hopefully persuade attendees of how this technology can help local government realise its objectives and potential.”

Briefings are being held on the following dates:

7 October 2014 - Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, Berkshire

14 October 2014 - Microsoft Office, Waverley Gate, Edinburgh

21 October 2014 - The Ark Data Centre, Cody Park, Famborough, Hampshire

Interested parties can register here.