Feeds

Lonely G-Cloud wanders in search of crowd o'er UK.gov vales and hills

See that £22m? Would have been £130m+ without us

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Government Digital Services is evaluating the level of resources set aside for the G-Cloud after taking control of the framework.

To date G-Cloud has been running thin on the ground with just five bods in the team tasked with leading the supposed revolution in public sector tech procurement.

A Cabinet Office spokesman informs Vulture Central that the G-Cloud framework and CloudStore online supplier catalogue have reached a "level of maturity" sufficient to make the transition.

"G-Cloud has just moved across, so GDS are reviewing the capability and level of resources needed," he told The Channel.

"This will be a combination of current GDS staff and members of the G-Cloud programme team. They will be supported by existing expertise in GDS, from across the commercial, transformation and strategy team," he added.

G-Cloud was unveiled last spring, costing the taxpayer £4.93m to set up but designed to save £340m over its three year lifespan by raising competition among suppliers large and small, and running shorter contracts.

The Major Projects Authority (MPA) last week raised a warning flag over the success of G-Cloud, casting doubt on the potential savings.

The MPA report cited a myriad of challenges facing the framework, including meagre team resources and a stubborn reluctance among public sector tech buyers to embrace change.

The point was first raised by former G-Cloud director Chris Chant when he criticised central government over the lack of support given to members of the team he ran.

"To my knowledge G-Cloud is woefully underfunded and resourced and its members still flogging away evenings and weekends to maintain the excellent service buyers and suppliers have enjoyed. If it is wasn't for this the services would have floundered," he said.

Denise McDonough, who succeeded Chant as G-Cloud guru, confirmed today in a valedictory blogpost that £22m has been spent through CloudStore to date. Assuming that those projects would have cost £130m-plus without G-Cloud, the project would be on track to achieve the expected savings.

"We've been busy transitioning activities across to GDS, to ensure that we don't lose any momentum," she said.

Momentum is apparently building but it is still not clear, given the level of spend, how government will harness G-Cloud to save hundreds of millions of pounds.

The G-Cloud team previously sat under the control of Government Procurement Services, the body responsible for massive public sector frameworks, not of which ran smoothly.

Skyscape has won the largest G-Cloud order to date, £3m over two years, and CEO Phil Dawson said the project needed to pick up pace with "evangelists" inside government to spur wider adoption. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'
Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial
Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California
German space centre endures cyber attack
Chinese code retrieved but NSA hack not ruled out
APPLE FAILS to ditch class action suit over ebook PRICE-FIX fiasco
Do not pass go, do cough (up to) $840m in damages
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.