Will G-Cloud be thrown out with the bathwater?

I spoke to Karl Deacon, CTO at Capgemini today. He is closley involved in the G-cloud project. Capgemini are building a pilot of how a G-cloud might be built and work. He told me, as you would expect, things went quiet after the election. But he says there will soon be talks with the new people in government.

Lots of IT service providers have been working away on projects to help the government put together its cloud services strategy. This has been done for free. Although those involved must be hoping for a slice of the pie.

With the change of government and the massive cuts in public spending there is a worry that some good ideas might be dropped, such as the G-cloud. In the words of Dell Services’ Ferenc Szelenyi, in an earlier blog, the government risks throwing the baby out with the bath water.

The G-cloud offers significant savings through the reuse of applications and no need to repeat development of code already written. See this interview with Karl Deacon about what the G-cloud offers government.

Then there is the massive hardware and energy savings because the applications are hosted in the cloud. The public sector uses an unimaginable number of applications and many of them are basically the same.

See also what Wipro is doing in the cloud in this article.