G-Cloud To Get Awareness Boost

Apr 17, 2014

G-Cloud is to receive a much asked for boost in visibility, according to the latest blog post from Government Digital Service (GDS) COO Tony Singleton.

In the GDS April Update, Singleton claimed that the organisation would be introducing a series of measures to increase awareness of the procurement framework.

“It is essential that we get the message across to service owners and those developing policy, senior civil servants and the equivalent in the wider public sector,” he said.

“We will involve as many leaders involved in IT procurement across the wider public sector as possible, as well as those who plan and deliver IT projects so that understanding G-Cloud truly becomes their first,” the COO added.

Singleton explained that a resource containing case studies, myth-busting articles and short videos was being developed to promote the framework.

In addition to this, GDS will be publishing a monthly blog post to update the public on its progress of increasing adoption of the network.

“Lack Of G-Cloud Knowledge” Outside Central Government

This drive for awareness follows recent news that use of the procurement framework is not as widespread as the government would hope.

At last month’s Think Cloud for Government event, Home Office CTO Denise McDonagh called out the Cabinet Office, claiming it did not do enough to promote G-Cloud.

Meanwhile, a group of local government representatives expressed their concerns about the platform, supporting McDonagh’s arguments that more G-Cloud education is needed.

In addition to this, a survey revealed that although many local authorities were aware of the existence of the framework, they chose not to use it.

G-Cloud Cuts Costs In Half

The GDS April Update also noted how those who do take advantage of the government’s cloud platform are able to cut their IT costs in half.

“On average, we saw savings of around 50% and there are examples of savings of more than this,” claimed Singleton.

“Other benefits buyers have spoken about include greater transparency, flexibility, a simple, clearer, faster way to buy and ultimately better value for the taxpayer,” he added.

The blog post noted a full report on savings achieved will be published soon.

© 24N.biz



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