Articles about G-Cloud

G-Cloud framework's latest booster has Allott to give

Stephen Allott, the man whose job it was to persuade government IT types to spend more with small businesses, will now try to convince civil servants to learn to love the G-Cloud framework from his new office. Allott was Crown Rep for SMEs in the Cabinet Office for more than four years, but the former barrister will work on "G …
Kat Hall, 21 Aug 2015
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Gov.UK inhaled G-Cloud, spat out framework – ex-lead claims

Whitehall is coming under fire for subsuming the G-Cloud into its coding house GDS (government digital service) at the expense of encouraging uptake of the framework. Mark Craddock, former G-cloud lead, said: "GDS is obsessed with what I call pub-prietary software – the public sector building everything in-house and putting …
Kat Hall, 23 Jan 2015

G Cloud 6? No, not for us, say hundreds of suppliers

Government Digital Services witnessed an exodus of suppliers – both big and small – when it ushered in the sixth iteration of G Cloud, The Channel can reveal. Analysis shows 435 of the 999 suppliers on the previous version decided the effort of resubmitting their company and service details to reapply for inclusion simply wasn’t …
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2015
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Capita shuns its own £2.5bn framework and touts G-Cloud IT

Not content with its prime spot on a controversial deal to manage £2.5bn in public sector contractors, Capita is also touting its IT services via the G-Cloud, admitting its mega framework is not "always best for niche skills." In an unsolicted email sent to one government department, Capita appeared to admit the controversial …
Kat Hall, 25 Mar 2015
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Ex-G-Cloud bigwig Chant weighs in on GDS' framework rebrand

Former G-Cloud head Chris Chant has entered the growing row over the status of the framework under the UK's Government Digital Service (GDS), criticising its decision to ditch a brand "that has won hearts and minds". Last week, the GDS moved the @G_Cloud_UK Twitter handle to the Digital Marketplace platform @GOVUKdigimkt, in …
Kat Hall, 26 Jan 2015
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Stop press! NHS trust finds G-Cloud, BUYS SOMETHING with it

G-Cloud can help public sector buyers dodge the bureaucracy of a European tender process – but there is no centralised coalition-led push to get more agencies and departments using it. So says Mark Davison, director of information management & technology at Berkshire Health Trust, a mental and community services body for a …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2015
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UK.gov: Just one in three G Cloud suppliers have won ANY business

The majority of tech suppliers on G Cloud haven’t seen a penny of taxpayers cash – not a bean – according to official figures on government spending. The sixth iteration of G Cloud is now live on the Digital Marketplace, introduced at the start of this month with 1,453 companies touting for business, up 15 per cent on the …
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2015

Outsourcery wins first G-Cloud deal, justifies spot on SME panel

It only took almost 20 months to win any business via G-Cloud’s online services catalogue but Outsourcery has finally signed a deal. It was getting a little embarrassing for the cloudy outfit, whose co-CEO Piers Linney sits on a Gov.uk SME panel set up to advise fellow small biz owners on how to snare Gov.uk contracts. The deal …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2015

MPs in SHOCK discovery: G-Cloud yet to impact govt SME biz

Just 27 per cent of MPs believe the G-Cloud has enabled small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to more easily access the UK government's notoriously closed ICT market, according to a survey of MPs and peers. By contrast, peers were more encouraging, with 52 per cent believing the programme has improved SME access - although many …
Kat Hall, 10 Dec 2014
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So, does anyone in UK.gov actually know what G-Cloud is for? Apparently not

Updated Data centre supplier Ark has backtracked over the length of a G-Cloud deal with the Ministry of Defence - insisting the contract is actually for two years not ten, as it had originally indicated. Ark initially told us the deal is a "major consolidation and centralisation project" which will "generate significant savings to the …
Kat Hall, 11 Dec 2014
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Go on, inhale our G-Cloud via 'Digital Marketplace' – UK.gov

Public sector organisations in the UK will be able to buy cloud-based IT products and services from suppliers from a new online platform from the end of the month. The Government Digital Service, which is part of the Cabinet Office, said all "G-Cloud" purchases are likely to be made via the "Digital Marketplace" before the end …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Aug 2014
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Stay Misty for Me: G-Cloud’s transparency called into question

Comment The cash flowing through the G-Cloud is rising exponentially, increasing by £400m last year alone to total a very nice £600m. But while the cloudy framework's flexibility and choice is proving increasingly popular with buyers and sellers, it's worth examining what that money is – and isn't – being spent on. In fact, only a …
Kat Hall, 09 Jul 2015
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UK.gov IT supplier catalogue G-Cloud 4 goes titsup

Gremlins in the system have caused approved government supplier catalogue CloudStore to crash this morning - not that any tech buyers in public sector would have been crying into their cornflakes. A Cabinet Office spokesman confirmed work took place over the weekend in preparation for today's relaunch of the G-Cloud 4 framework …
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 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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HMRC becomes first gov tentacle to buy cloud through G-Cloud

HMRC has become the first government department to sign a cloud contract through the G-Cloud, the government's online IT services catalogue. Yesterday HMRC signed the contract with Skyscape Cloud to migrate all the tax collectors' data to the cloud over the next six months. It's one of the biggest contracts to be awarded through …
Anna Leach, 28 Sep 2012
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What happens on G-Cloud stays on G-Cloud

With the advent of the G-Cloud and the introduction of the UK Government’s Cloud First initiative in May 2013, the impetus to use the cloud to carry out daily tasks and plans has never been greater. Historically government departments and the wider public sector have shied away from the cloud because of  concerns about  storing …
CoreGB, 01 Jul 2013
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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

A quarter of public sector IT workers have never used the cloud

Almost a quarter of UK public sector IT workers are convinced they’ve never actually used the cloud, leaving a big fluffy question mark over Whitehall’s efforts to drag its technology estate into the 21st century. Research, conducted for collaboration software specialist Huddle, also showed that workers in central and local …
Team Register, 09 Jul 2015
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Skyscape bags biggest deal on G-Cloud EVER

Skyscape Cloud Services has fired the first shot into the hearts of large tech integrators that have grown fat off the public sector purse after signing £3m two-year Platform-as-a-Service contract worth £1.5m a year. The PaaS gig - the biggest deal on the G-Cloud framework to date - is to provide a cloudy, utility-based platform …
Paul Kunert, 22 May 2013
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That big UK gov leg up for small biz: SMEs bag just 1-in-10 G-Cloud deals

Small businesses have taken just 10 per cent of government IT contracts available from public-sector shopping catalogue G-Cloud. That's according to a group formed to give Whitehall feedback on actions that could boost SME involvement. The target figure is 25 per cent. Fronted by managed hosting and IaaS provider Memset, the …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2013
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G-Cloud: Please excuse our 'overlapping' frameworks

The G-Cloud team says that in a move away from traditional frameworks, it is setting up "multiple overlapping frameworks" which it says are each compliant with the Official Journal of the European Union process. A blog post on the G-Cloud website explains that bidding for G-Cloud contracts can become "unusual" – and that once …
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G-Cloud boss hopes sexy cloud expos will warm up gov bods

The G-Cloud programme is being developed to help the wider public sector transition to cloud services, according to Denise McDonagh. In an interview with Guardian Government Computing, the director of the G-Cloud programme said that she is currently focusing on the "propagation" of the G-Cloud. "Propagation for me is about how …
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Suppliers underwhelmed by UK's G-Cloud services catalogue

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 …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Aug 2012
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Amazon Web Services will make it into G-Cloud 3.0, says UK.gov

Amazon Web Services will be on the official list of approved services for used by civil servants through the G-Cloud catalogue - this time for sure. That's the message from G-Cloud programme director Denise McDonagh, who said Amazon only missed the cut on the second iteration of G-Cloud thanks to timing. "We don't have Amazon …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Nov 2012
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Marc Benioff tethers Salesforce cloud to Blighty

Salesforce has opened its first European data centre in the UK. The CRM-as-a-service provider today announced the new facility in Slough, west of London, had gone live build by NTT. It’s the first of three planned European facilities. Marc Benioff’s firm plans data centres in France and Germany next year, too. The UK, along …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Oct 2014
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SCC handed top-level clearance to flog secure cloudy kit on G-Cloud

Reseller and integrator SCC has been cleared to sell secure cloud services across all government departments through G-Cloud. SCC has announced pan-government accreditation for nine services sold under its OptimizeCloud, which have been granted an Impact Level 2 and 3 rating by government inspectors. Under G-Cloud, companies …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Aug 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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Dragon's Outsourcery flaunts UK.gov cloud bazaar credentials

Outsourcery is crowing about the O-Cloud platform receiving pan government accreditation - IL2 in old money - that will allow it to unleash IaaS and hosted Microsoft apps on tech buyers in the Digital Marketplace. This does not give the loss-making purveyor of cloudy stuff the keys to a particularly exclusive club; 17 other …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2014

Bigger, longer deals dangled at G-Cloud 2.0 launch

The UK government has launched the second version of G-Cloud, its tech shopping catalogue for the public sector, with reworked conditions to entice suppliers. Among the changes, the length of some IT contracts up for grabs has been doubled to 24 months under “exceptional” circumstances. There’d been some concern from civil …
Gavin Clarke, 24 May 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

Gov IT supermarket G-Cloud will cost £4.93m, says Maude

The British government has published numbers on the cost of G-Cloud and Cloudstore and the savings the public sector ICT procurement framework is expected to make. The government reckons G-Cloud and Cloudstore will cost the taxpayer £4.93m to set up and run, but eventually save £340m. The costs will come out of the budget of …
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2012

UK.gov's G-Cloud 2.0 pushes back launch date

The launch of the second version of the UK government’s IT shopping catalogue G-Cloud has slipped to the end of spring. G-Cloud 2.0 is now slated to arrive by “end of May to start of June”, the Cabinet Office has confirmed – which will be several weeks behind the planned early May rollout date. An announcement on the delay is …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2012
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Gagging order on G-Cloud suppliers dropped this Sunday

IT and comms suppliers can finally confirm on Sunday their involvement in the long-awaited government G-Cloud framework - Blighty's new way of selecting the firms that will sell tech kit to the public sector. Government Procurement Services (GPS) provisionally told firms whether they had made it onto the guest list earlier this …
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2012
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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

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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G-Cloud rep: We'll mop up data breach flood with red tape

The government is speaking out about “myths and confusion” surrounding its plans for security accreditation on G-Cloud. A civil servant working on No 10’s big IT catalogue has re-assured Whitehall types that G-Cloud accreditation is most certainly not an unnecessary piece of bureaucracy. She has also warned, however, that just …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Apr 2012
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Suppliers race to bag first G-Cloud accredited platform

The race is on in the channel to pocket the first G-Cloud pan-government accreditation for infrastructure- and software-as-a-service platforms. The awards will be made this month but industry sources tell The Channel that Memset, Skyscape, SCC and FCO Services (the IT arm of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office) are in the running …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2012
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Maxwell: Under G-Cloud, gov will buy IT 'like stationery'

The G-Cloud will usher in an era of public ICT contracts that are measured in months, rather than years, according to Liam Maxwell, the Cabinet Office's director of ICT futures. The G-Cloud could see government procurement move away from its traditional model, whereby contracts are signed for periods of several years and then …

Pork time! £350m in Health Service mail-etcetera cloud deals up for grabs

The contract for a massive NHS email system is up for grabs under a £350m government IT pitch. The Crown Commercial Service has published a tender calling on providers of cloud-based email services to submit their bids for a two-year contract to run the next version of NHSMail. NHSMail is the national email and director service …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Feb 2014
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Confused, pessimistic on G-Cloud? You must work in government

Confusion and pessimism about the government’s G-Cloud and ICT plans is widespread among civil servants running the nation’s technology . A VMware survey of more than 180 senior public sector IT staff found 63 per cent doubt the Cabinet Office will be able to hit its stated spending goals on cloud computing. Nearly half of IT …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2012
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Cabinet Office extends G Cloud deadline

The Cabinet Office has extended the deadline for suppliers to apply to join its G Cloud framework by three weeks to 19 December. It said that it has received 532 expressions of interest to its invitation to tender, which was published in October, but wants to give even more companies an opportunity to apply. The £60m framework …
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UK.gov to 'overhaul' hated digital services framework

The UK government is scrapping the current version of its controversial digital services framework, which SMEs say excludes them from properly doing business with the government. Earlier this year a number of SMEs complained the framework amounted to a body-shopping exercise, with the Government Digital Service using it to …
Kat Hall, 05 Jun 2015
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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 needs to dump 'unacceptable IT' – outbound G-Cloud chief

Updated 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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Ex-gov man McCluggage on G-Cloud's slow descent

It’s a long march towards realising G-Cloud and releasing consistent data across government, says Bill McCluggage – who until recently helped lead the charge on cloud. He also spoke about how government would manage the release of Open Data from its data centres and on the public cloud. The former deputy government CIO told The …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2012
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Over 250 suppliers dash to snatch up G Cloud tender

The Government Procurement Service has received more than 250 responses to the tender notice for G Cloud services, according to the official overseeing the programme. Andy Nelson, chief information officer at the Ministry of Justice, said there had been 250 to 300 responses to the notice in the Official Journal of the European …

Iomart snaps up SystemsUp for a cool £9m

Glasgow-based cloud outfit Iomart has snapped up London-based IT consultancy biz SystemsUp for a cool £9m. SystemsUp is a G-Cloud partner to Google, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft. Its turnover in the twelve months to 31 March 2015 was £4m, with profit before tax of £1.5m. A further payment of between £1m-£3.5m will be made …
Kat Hall, 08 Jun 2015

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

UK.gov launches ONE kit-buying FRAMEWORK to RULE them ALL

UK.gov today opened its long-awaited Digital Marketplace for public sector procurement, which will bring the “confusing” number of frameworks under one roof. As yet the Marketplace is looking rather lonely, with the G-Cloud the only framework on the platform. The next version of the Digital Services framework for “agile” digital …
Kat Hall, 06 Nov 2014
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Public sector 2 YEARS behind biz on cloud adoption - suppliers

Public sector adoption of the cloud is some two years behind the private sector and suppliers, as well as government, need to up their game to raise awareness. Just £2.7m was finally spent by government IT bods on the first iteration of of its cloud computing framework - G-Cloud - indeed it seems a shift away from traditional …
Paul Kunert, 22 Nov 2012