EuroCloud has called on the government and vendors to work more closely, in order to ensure the success of the G-Cloud framework.
The pan-European network of cloud vendors and industry experts today launched a manifesto aimed at enabling the public cloud procurement project to evolve.
G-Cloud, which was launched in 2012 to enable government departments to easily procure commodity IT, has – for the most part – been a successful project. Roughly £270m has so far been poured into G-Cloud and it is estimated that the government is now at the break-even point from savings made. However, the initiative has plateaued in recent months with a lack of awareness at local government level preventing it from moving forward.
EuroCloud has brought in two former members of the G-Cloud team, responsible for helping to architect the framework, to assist with the manifesto.
"We’re delighted to be able to take up this role with EuroCloud to galvanise industry support, education and collaboration to build on the success G-Cloud has already achieved, “David Denton and Peter Middleton said in a joint statement.
“Our aim is to use the invaluable insights and first-hand experience we’ve gained from two years of working in the G-Cloud programme to help the industry to positively influence how G-Cloud evolves and grows as it moves forward into the future” they added.
The seven-point manifesto calls for:
- On-going commitment to G-Cloud from the Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Service as a way of enhancing public sector IT procurement and delivering proven benefits of cloud adoption including cost savings, rapid deployment, greater choice and agility.
- Vendors and buyers to publicly share best practices and celebrate success stories.
- A more aggressive programme of resources and education for public sector buyers demonstrating how to maximise the benefits of using the framework and drive the transition to cloud computing services. Government must take the lead but should actively enlist the help and support of the industry.
- Industry to work with government to develop and provide much-needed resources and education for vendors on how to be productive and successful as a G-Cloud supplier.
- Greater collaboration among vendors and with public sector buyers to fill gaps in market needs through enhanced and improved G-Cloud offerings, including development of innovative new services.
- Open dialogue with the Government Digital Service and Crown Commercial Service to ensure the framework iteratively improves, taking account of industry and buyer needs and feedback on its operation through the Digital Marketplace.
- Promoting and adapting best practices and products developed for G-Cloud to the private sector business market.
Chair of EuroCloud UK Phil Wainewright concluded: "G-Cloud is a great UK success story that deserves the support of the industry to help it achieve even more in the future.”