Small and mid-sized businesses now bank almost 60% of the spend that UK central government departments put through G-Cloud, as short, fixed-term contracts, pricing transparency and open procurement have “levelled the playing field.”
Nutanix and Unidesk are helping San Mateo County pass cost savings back to departments while modernising the IT landscape.
In part one of this special report, I outlined my unease at recent developments around the UK government’s G-Cloud program. In this second part, we take a closer look at what we do and don’t know about the current situation and reflect on growing sell side discontent.
I’ve made no secret of my support for the G-Cloud programme since its inception, regarding it as one of the most important tools in the box for fixing the broken nature of public sector IT procurement and service delivery, but stand by for some tough love talking.
The traditional waterfall approach to project development is out and agile is in – but who has the skills?
Cost savings and bundled customizations support was a winning combination
The government department has begun moving away from its single supplier model with Fujitsu
The Department for Work and Pensions has shed little light on how the new system will work
The political will but the administrative won’t? Are government IT decision makers too complacent about the need for transformational, technology-enabled change? If so, Gartner’s got a to do list that needs perusing.
The UK government has launched a Digital Inclusion Strategy. But beyond the soundbites and the PR stunts, is there really anything new of substance here? And what becomes of those who will never be digital-savvy?
CloudStore and the Digital Services Store are soon to be folded into one almighty online catalogue
The free health service has had a troubled past when it comes to complicated technology projects
This could mean big things for the G-Cloud, where security has been a stumbling block in the past