Global electronics giant Philips has been a regular feature of Salesforce.com keynotes, most notably of course in the form of Marc Benioff’s connected toothbrush. But now the two are moving in on the health cloud.
While those of us outside of the US are being encouraged to be as nationalistic as possible when selecting our cloud services providers, an interesting reversal down under in New Zealand where the government is being urged to look overseas for its providers.
It was encouraging to see how high a profile G-Cloud had at this week’s Public Sector Show in London with Tony Singleton, G-Cloud program director, in attendance and updating delegates on the initiative’s performance to date.
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.”
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.