Guidance went out that buyers could only purchase G-Cloud Lot 3 - the most popular lot on the framework - when combined with other lots.
An interview with Crown Commercial Service technology director Niall Quinn raises some serious concerns over the SME agenda and the future of tech procurement in Whitehall.
The G-Cloud framework has been an innovative procurement tool for public sector buyers since 2012 and has seen £4.79bn spent through the framework.
Whilst pitched as a new mechanism for SMEs to work with government, the dynamic purchasing system only has seven suppliers, one of which is Accenture.
It has been revealed that the Crown Commercial Service and the Government Digital Service are planning to shift the cloud first policy to one that better reflects hybrid cloud environments.
Moving from a paper-based to digital records system is allowing Poole Council’s highways team to work more productively.
The National Audit Office (NAO) notes that some of government’s more traditional organisations “lack the capacity and expertise” to move to the cloud.
Think Tank Reform has issued a number of recommendations for Whitehall to improve its outsourcing and procurement practices, including better guidance on ‘make or buy’ decisions.
UKCloud has been one of the UK tech sector’s greatest success stories in recent years, providing cloud infrastructure to the public sector.
Ministry of Defence opens up its ideas platform to encourage innovation and save £150m in the process
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been running an ideas platform for decades, but it is now shifting to an SaaS model and breaking out of silos.
Government which tech projects to receive share of £2 million funding - from digital dairy farming to SME productivity
A separate funding competition has also been announced, which will allow businesses, local authorities and academia to test rolling out productivity-boosting technology.
Survey - Universities lead public sector cloud adoption, local authorities and emergency services lag behind
Not-for-profit technology partner Eduserv and Socitm have conducted research amongst 633 public sector organisations, assessing their motivations for and uptake of cloud technologies.
MPs on the Science and Technology Committee heard from a range of experts today on how the government is fairing in its attempts to open up procurement to SMEs. The result was a mixed picture.
Digital Marketplace is going global, Health Secretary Matt Hancock pushes new tech for GPs, and DWP hints at developing its own identity platform.