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As G-Cloud turns 2, balance between SIs and SMEs emerges

56 per cent of sales by value, and 61 percent by volume through the CloudStore have gone to SMEs

The UK government’s innovative model for procuring digital services, G-Cloud, turns two years old today. Chief executive officer of cloud services provider Skyscape told Business Cloud News that although there’s still progress to be made, a balance between SMEs and the big SIs that have traditionally claimed the lion’s share of public sector IT spending is finally beginning to emerge.

Three years after US ‘Cloud First’ mandate, federal agencies struggle with implementation

Three years after former US government CIO Vivek Kundra unveiled 'Cloud First', most cloud projects continue to struggle

Three years after the US government implemented a ‘Cloud First’ mandate that would require federal agencies to consider cloud-based IT services for certain systems, the federal public service continues to struggle with cloud implementations according to recently published research from Accenture. Annette Rippert, managing director of technology solutions and Accenture’s lead on federal cloud work said a lack of critical skills is the leading factor at play here.

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.

UK government launches next procurement round for G-Cloud

GCloud 4 timetable

Government Digital Services (GDS) announced Tuesday that the fourth iteration of the G-Cloud framework, G-Cloud 4, is officially open, meaning suppliers of cloud services can now submit tenders to be included in the government’s cloud initiative.

UK Government IT procurement investigation may help end supplier oligopoly

The OFT is seeking input from IT services suppliers to shed further light on barriers to market entry

A recently launched UK government investigation into the way public sector organisations procure IT systems and services may help end a long-running oligopoly in government IT procurement, according to Peter Groucutt, managing director of online backup firm Databarracks.

HMRC reduces IT failure rates by 90 per cent with G-Cloud, PSN

The department significantly reduced IT failure rates and energy use by shifting to cloud

HMRC has been able to dramatically reduce failure rates and lost productivity by centralising storage solutions and linking it to the department through the Public Services Network (PSN), the government’s “network of networks,” according to Andrew Bull, the department’s director of delivery and operations in information management services.

G-Cloud adoption challenges due to lack of education, says former lead

Denise McDonagh moved back to the Home Office to resume her role as IT director at the beginning of June

In her last public appearance representing the programme, former head of UK government cloud initiative, G-Cloud, Denise McDonagh called on the country’s government to focus on promoting public sector cloud service uptake through the Cloud Store and help address widespread challenges to cloud adoption.