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Contrary to popular belief, G-Cloud awareness is soaring

A recently published survey suggests G-Cloud is continuing to gain traction

A broad survey of UK public servants published Tuesday suggests a majority are still unaware of the UK Government’s G-Cloud initiative despite a series of high-profile deployments and combined sales of close to £250m. But some cloud service vendors believe the survey results suggest GDS’s efforts to make the cloud procurement programme more visible are paying off.

G-Cloud sales exceed £175m, Cabinet Office minister says

Francis Maude said G-Cloud has improved competition for SMEs in the public sector, but the OFT doesn't necessarily see it that way

UK Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude told an audience at a public sector procurement tradeshow in London Tuesday that the G-Cloud programme has been successful at opening up the public sector market to SMEs.

Capgemini scores £6.3m ERP cloud contract from UK FCO

The FCO selected Capgemini to help upgrade its ERP system

Outsourcing and systems integrator Capgemini announced a two-year contract worth £6.3m Wednesday with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to support the upgrade of its ERP system. The FCO said the deal is one of the largest of its kind under the third G-Cloud procurement framework.

G-Cloud spend approaches £100m as programme gets overhaul

G-Cloud sales topped £92.7m last month, a £14.8m improvement over the previous month

Public sector spending on cloud services through the government’s Cloud Store hit £92.7m as of the end of January according to G-Cloud sales data, and is on track to break through the £100m barrier next month.

Echoing 2011 strategy, UK government to switch from Microsoft to open source

UK government wants to shift away from proprietary to open source technologies to save money and break up the IT vendor oligopoly selling into government

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude told a packed out conference in London Wednesday that the UK government intends to shift away from using proprietary Microsoft productivity applications and adopt more open source technologies, potentially saving the public sector millions of pounds annually and breaking the vendor oligopoly dominating IT. But with Maude’s comments echoing the government’s 2011 ICT strategy, which among other things sought to “create a level playing field for open source software” within the public sector, the news has drawn both encouragement and doubt.

SMBs call for change to G-Cloud before fifth framework launch

A group of private and public sector organisations outlined their views on reforming the next iterartion (fifth) of G-Cloud in an open letter to the programme's head Tony Singleton

In an open letter sent earlier this month to Government Digital Services chief operating officer and head of the G-Cloud programme Tony Singleton, the companies indicated a strong need to provide more clarity on the protective marking scheme (GPMS) changes and pan governmental accreditation of cloud services; review the mandatory length of contract terms and safe contracting procedures (due diligence) for buying through the Cloud Store; reduce “cloud washing” (calling things cloud services when they don’t fit with the NIST definition); improve the transparency of the overall service; and provide a framework (contractual, procedural) for jointly offering services to the public sector through the Cloud Store.

UK’s G-Cloud 4 launches with 300 more suppliers than last iteration

G-Cloud sales topped $53.5 million last month, a steady improvement, up from £44.7 million in September

The latest iteration of the UK government’s procurement framework for cloud services, G-Cloud 4, is scheduled to go live this week with just under 1,000 suppliers listed in the CloudStore, many of which are SMEs, and over 13,000 services. Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said the latest figures demonstrate the effectiveness of G-Cloud in shifting the balance between small businesses and the large SIs.