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West Midlands NHS Trust Service selects C24, HP for private cloud

The West Midlands Ambulance Service is using a private cloud storage solution developed by C24 and HP

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The West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust announced it has selected C24 and HP to deliver a private cloud solution via the G-Cloud framework to help stand up the region’s 999 emergency and non-emergency systems.

As Home Office embraces G-Cloud, Singleton spreads the word across wider government

The Home Office has embarked on an IT strategy modernisation effort, which will put G-Cloud at the centre of its strategy

The UK Home Office is embarking on an effort to modernise the agency’s IT strategy, which according to its CTO and former G-Cloud head Denise McDonagh will help break its dependence on large systems integrators and long-term technology contracts.

G-cloud sales nudge £200m but adoption lags in wider public sector

Total spending through G-Cloud is fast approaching £200m but use by the wider public sector and local government is still lagging

Total spending on cloud services through the UK government’s Cloud Store marketplace hit £192m at the end of May, up from £180m the previous month. But more than 85 per cent of this was accounted for by the UK government’s own spend, with the portal still failing to gain serious traction within the the wider public sector.

UK SME Skyscape Cloud Services bags £4m from BGF

Skyscape said it plans to expand its efforts to target the public sector, and enhance its platform as a service proposition

UK-based cloud services provider Skyscape announced Thursday that it has secured a £4m minority stake investment from the Business Growth Fund, which will be used to accelerate its growth in the UK public sector market.

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.

Department of Health in Kahootz with arms-length bodies over cloud collaboration

The UK Department of Health and up to twenty arms-length bodies will deploy cloud-based collaboration software, bolstering info-sharing across the organisation

The UK Department of Health on Tuesday signed a shared services agreement through the G-Cloud framework with a number of arms-length bodies to deploy a cloud-based collaboration platform from Kahootz as it moves to replace its legacy collaboration systems.

Victoria state to invest $9.5m in cloud marketplace

Victoria’s government announced Friday that it will invest $9.5m over four years to set up a cloud services marketplace and a secure telecommunications network for government

Victoria’s state government announced the VicConnect programme Friday in a move that will see it invest $9.5m over four years to transform the way the state’s public sector procures ICT services and manages its telecommunications networks.

G-cloud team to increase awareness, Singleton says

Tony Singleton said GDS will step up efforts to educate the public sector about buying through G-Cloud

G-Cloud head, chief operations officer and deputy director of operations for the Government Digital Service, Tony Singleton, said in a blog post Tuesday that the organisation will take a number of steps to educate buyers on and increases awareness of the G-Cloud programme.

OFT report on ICT procurement deficiencies signals huge opportunity for G-Cloud

The OFT said in a recently published report that the government is not making much headway in tackling ICT procurement practices which have engendered anti-competitive bahaviour across the public service

A report released by the UK Office of Fair Trade (OFT) inquiring into key barriers in the procurement of ICT in the public sector argues a combination of ingrained procurement habits and the continued domination of few large service providers continues to hamper competition in the public sector IT market. Peter Groucutt, managing director at Databarracks said that the results show government needs to invest more in new forms of digital service procurement like G-Cloud or risk losing industry buy-in.

Cabinet Office needs to step up, former head of G-Cloud says

McDonagh said the Cabinet Office needs to improve how it educates the public sector about G-Cloud

Home Office chief technology officer and former G-Cloud head Denise McDonagh told a group of local and national government authorities this morning that the UK Cabinet Office needs to increase visibility of the G-Cloud framework across the public sector.