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Chris Chant: We've cut central gov websites

The Cabinet Office's interim executive director for digital government says that progress has been made on rationalising Whitehall's websites. Only 300 to 400 central government websites remain as a result of a Cabinet Office drive to reduce their number, Chris Chant has said. Speaking at the SmartGov Live event in London, he …
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Lonely G-Cloud wanders in search of crowd o'er UK.gov vales and hills

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 …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2013
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G-Cloud overlord McDonagh gets CBE nod from Queen

Former G-Cloud supremo Denise McDonagh was handed a CBE in Her Maj's birthday honours list at the weekend for services to the IT services industry. McDonagh climbed onto the cloudy bandwagon roughly 14 months ago as programme director for the G-Cloud framework, replacing her rather more outspoken predecessor Chris Chant, who …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2013
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G-Cloud guru slaps down Cloud Store critics

G-Cloud governor Chris Chant has defended the standards adopted to construct the Cloud Store framework and the length of contracts on offer. As revealed by The Register last week, storage integrator Proact wrote a letter to Chant criticising the recently launched online cloud services marketplace and explaining its reasons for …
Paul Kunert, 29 Feb 2012
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G-Cloud bigwig says soz for Cloud Store outage

The G-Cloud governor has apologised to public sector customers for the Cloud Store outage yesterday but pointed out that downtime is not confined to an off-premise delivery model. The apps store is hosted on the Azure platform, which was down for eight hours, although the Cloud Store was only out of action for roughly a quarter …
Paul Kunert, 01 Mar 2012
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Cabinet Office 'fesses up to Cloud Store gremlins

IT and comms suppliers are unable to tweak their entries in the government's Cloud Store because the only mechanism to do this is not working properly. The first tranche of Blighty's public sector cloud framework was released to market on Sunday, an online catalogue including 1,700 services - though not all are yet available - …
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2012
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Whitehall needs to dump 'unacceptable IT' – outbound G-Cloud chief

Outgoing government G-Cloud programme director Chris Chant has harangued civil servants and tech vendors telling them times are a-changing and so must they. Chant, a career Whitehall civil servant, has warned his fellow CIOs they are “hiding behind the comfort blanket” and must change how they buy IT. “That blanket is on fire …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2012
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Gov: New G-Cloud chief is no 'part-timer'

The government’s promised G-Cloud is on track, despite in-coming director Denise McDonagh having to juggle her new role with her existing job as Home Office head of IT. McDonagh has been named new G-Cloud director after it emerged that incumbent Chris Chant is retiring from the civil service after just 18 months in charge of G- …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2012

Oracle partners drool over juicy £750m ERP framework

Oracle channel partners are gearing up for a mega software and shared services framework worth up to £750m over three years via the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. A Prior Information Notice was released last week and covers the upgrade of ERP platforms including business intelligence and enterprise data warehousing, as well as …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2013
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Cloud Store: Next wave of services due by April

G-Cloud bigwig Chris Chant has confirmed the second wave of Cloud Store services will go live in April and that public sector customers will finally be able to rate suppliers, helping to shore up the flaky accreditation process. The Cloud Store has come in for a fair share of criticism – as well as applause – after its speedy …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2012

G-Cloud boss begs UK.gov wonks: 'Speak out against s**t IT'

The UK government's technology shopping catalogue G-Cloud is creeping through the corridors of power - but a wave of outsourcing decisions has sapped Whitehall’s ability to set the nation's tech strategy, and the entrenched interests of incumbent IT suppliers stand in its way. That’s the takeaway from outgoing G-Cloud director …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Apr 2012

Whitehall hopes to shave 'conservative' £100m off PC bill

The government expects to cut at least £100m off its annual personal computing bill under an HMRC led standardisation program. The savings are expected in procurement, services and management, as departments eliminate waste, duplication and overspend, HM Revenue and Customs' Nigel Green told the Government ICT Conference in …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Feb 2012
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Multi-billion pound gov tech contracts could end up in toilet - MPA

A raft of government reforms, including eight major IT projects, are at risk of failure, according to a report from the Major Projects Authority (MPA). The MPA was formed within the Cabinet Office's Efficiency & Reform Group (ERG) in 2011 to help government get a better handle on the multi-billion pound contracts handled by …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2013

Is it all over for UK.gov's G-Cloud 3.0? A footnote in history awaits

The clock is ticking on G-Cloud, the UK government's IT shopping catalogue for the public sector. A year in, those running the programme are already dreaming of life after the project and admit significant cultural hurdles stand in the way of their success. G-Cloud is the Cabinet Office’s plan to make government IT more modular …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Dec 2012
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UK.gov IT slasher axes himself - after 5 months in new job

Former tech-spending axeman Ian Watmore is leaving the civil service just five months after taking up a new role as the permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office. He had previously headed up the reform and efficiency group, the unit tasked with cutting waste from the Whitehall budget. The Cabinet Office explained that Watmore …
Anna Leach, 17 May 2012
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Number 10 shuts wallet on closed-source IT projects

Government IT projects that don’t explore alternatives to closed and proprietary software are getting kicked back and denied funding. The civil servant running open source, open standards and information management under No 10’s digital change agenda called such spending controls a “key gateway” in complying with new IT …
Gavin Clarke, 31 May 2012
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Gov CloudStore critics: 'Rollout too fast, contracts too short'

The G-Cloud framework has received criticism from analysts as well as from some corners of the channel over the construction and rollout of CloudStore before it was ready for public sector consumption. The online catalogue – built in 28 days – was unveiled last weekend but G-Cloud programme director Chris Chant has already …
Paul Kunert, 24 Feb 2012
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UK.gov taps up DWP's IT boss for all of Whitehall

Joe Harley has been appointed as UK.gov's new IT boss, the Cabinet Office confirmed today. He replaces John Suffolk, who resigned from his £207,000 Chief Information Officer post at the end of last year. Harley is the current Department for Work and Pensions CIO. From today, the government beefed up his portfolio - while …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2011
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Amazon, Salesforce 'expected to join UK.gov's G-Cloud 2.0'

Amazon and Salesforce are odds-on to join the UK government’s G-Cloud and start serving civil servants with hosted computing, storage and ERP from May. The celebrated US cloud pin-ups have been in talks to join G-Cloud with the government officials driving the programme having to reassure the firms' legal people on their …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2012
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Whitehall's G-Cloud: Hype or hope?

According to the British government, the cloud will make everything better. The UK gov is rolling out something called G-Cloud, which according to No 10 means faster and more flexible IT procurement based on a list of open systems and approved standards. The punchline for the British taxpayer is that services will be delivered …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Mar 2012