The government has ditched its G-Cloud initiative, according to Nick Wilson, managing director of HP UK and Ireland.
The G-Cloud government IT initiative included a shared application store, datacentre consolidation and a single secure network.
HP, which recently went in front of a Commons select committee to answer questions about whether the government gets good value from its ICT suppliers, had been designing and marketing its G-Cloud setup for some time, including having a fully functional 'demonstration theatre' at its research labs.
However, all that work may have been in vain as Wilson told V3.co.uk on Thursday that the government would not migrate to the cloud.
G-Cloud was touted as a way for the government to save money, something that Wilson said HP has managed to do. Instead, according to Wilson, the government wants to focus on consolidating datacentres.
"HP has saved billions by reducing its datacentres from 120 to 10 and going to the cloud," he said. Asked whether the government could have seen similar savings, Wilson said: "I assume so."
The refreshingly straight-talking Wilson did not have much praise for the government's handling of IT. He said that the public sector "buys badly", which has some irony as HP is the UK government's largest IT supplier.
Wilson also lamented the government's ongoing inquiry into IT expenditure, saying that "the pace of the inquiry is too slow", but adding that he expected it to be completed before the next election.
As for the government's aim of capping most IT projects at £100m, Wilson, shaking his head, said: "That is not possible."
Wilson seemed resigned to the fact that the government does not want to put all its departments and services in the cloud.
However, he maintained that some services should be placed in the cloud, such as email and productivity applications, citing Microsoft's Office 365 as a possible candidate.
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