Suppliers underwhelmed by UK's G-Cloud services catalogue
Applicants down, suppliers falling off
The number of tech companies lining up to join the government's G-Cloud service has dropped by nearly half with just over two weeks to go before new applications can be submitted.
Existing suppliers, meanwhile, have left the government's directory of ICT services in the sky.
The government on Tuesday blogged that there had been 376 "new applicants" for G-Cloud 2.0, in a blog post written by G-Cloud chief Denise McDonagh.
But a Cabinet Office spokesman contacted by The Reg clarified that by "new applicants" McDonagh meant "expressions of interest."
That number of 376 is compared to 600 "expressions of interest" in the first iteration of G-Cloud in February that turned into an eventual 250 suppliers.
In the blog post, McDonagh also rounded up that 250 number to "around" 300. The final number of new applicants for G-Cloud 2 won't be known until next month, the spokesman said.
G-Cloud 2 was officially launched on 24 May, but is currently in the phase of accepting and approving applications from new suppliers. The deadline to apply is 22 August.
Meanwhile, some of the first companies to sign up to delivering state ICT through the government's new purchasing directory have lost interest.
In the post, the G-Cloud chief stated "the vast majority of the original companies returning for this new version" of G-Cloud indicating some suppliers on the older service have exited. She did not say which suppliers have pulled out of G-Cloud.
G-Cloud is designed to promote greater use of small- and medium-sized IT suppliers by civil servants, to establish quicker procurement and shorter contract lifetimes, and enable re-use of IT across more government departments.
Despite all this, McDonagh declared Whitehall pleased with the project and called the numbers a "continued endorsement of what we have been trying to achieve all along."
What the government is working towards, apparently, is: "A convenient, sensible approach to procurement that suits suppliers and customers across government."
According to McDonagh, the new suppliers announced next month will be the first accredited with the Government's Business Impact Level (IL) classification 2 and 3 - protected and restricted levels of clearance for security. ®
Not Every Cloud has a Silver Lining
This is what happens when you allow people who have little or no understanding of the business to set the agenda.
Told you so...
CHAOS in a GNUtshell ....... and just what IT Needs to Feed and Seed with AI for Fab Fabless Futures
This is an interesting line from the G-Cloud Services Call-Off Agreement Terms and Conditions ..... "Process the Customer’s Personal Data only to the extent, and in such manner, as is necessary for the provision of the G-Cloud Services or as is required by Law or any Regulatory Body" ........ when/if one considers there is no Law or recognised Regulatory Body in the Virtual Space Platforms of the Cloud Environment, although on can easily imagine why Governments and Customers attracted by services floated as being competently provided by G-Cloud Services Suppliers would wish it to be pimped and thought so.
Unfortunately, although in an existing system of provided services which are riddled and sytemically vulnerable to perverse and subversive corruption and simple monetary inducements, is a radical refusal and non-acceptance of traditional Law and Regulatory Body norms, not a misfortune, would those wishes be best ignored, and which they most certainly will be by those with an active competence in the field and in the fields to be supplied and provided for ...... created and tendered/fueled.
It would appear that the present UKGBNI administration is Out-Sourcing with Invitations to Tender, Intelligence for Growth and Prosperity, with the Plan G-Cloud Framework Agreement Program. Competent Providers of Services will then be a position of lead with Government and Governments following and supporting supplied programs and services, which given the current parlous global economic state of disastrous affairs, could herald a new dawn and fresh beginning with Virtual Provision of Services to be Realised for the Creation of New Orderly Worlds from Clouds Hosting Advanced Operating Systems with Command and Control of Computers and Communications from Creative CyberSpace in Live Operational Virtual Environments.
Re: That'll be because
Odd really when a consortium of the big-4 govt IT contractors all collaborated to make this site usable by SMEs
That'll be because
It's not gotten any less useless. I can't find relevant services in it. What I can find doesn't have any useful information. And the interface is completely unusable
It's just crap. I cannot believe they asked anyone how they might make use of such a service, or did any prototyping or usability testing.
They'd have done better issuing the info as stack of commemorative beermats
Re: CHAOS in a GNUtshell ... and more specific strategic info and/or intelligence for GCHQ too, GC
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