The government is to hold an event for the public sector this Thursday to raise awareness of the cloud computing services now available from the G-Cloud store, and to help the public sector overcome adoption challenges to the cloud.
The event, called BuyCamp, will also establish what cloud services should be added to the G-Cloud store so that such information can be fed back to suppliers.
"We will be using BuyCamp to help us establish a public sector pipeline of needs, which we will make available to the suppliers on the framework so that they can see the areas of most interest and tweak their product sets to support those needs," said G-Cloud director Chris Chant in his blog.
"In the background, we're already working on the next version of the CloudStore with improvements in line with the feedback we've received."
The G-Cloud initiative is the government's "cloud-first policy" and aims to bring a broader range of suppliers to the government market.
The G-Cloud store, dubbed the CloudStore, was opened last week and allows the public sector to rent the use of cloud services as needed.
The focus of the first BuyCamp event will be on teaching those in the public sector how to use the CloudStore and how to buy from it, according to Chant.
He said the event will be the first of many and is set to have attendees from over 30 different public sector organisations.
"The first session is for those who have, over the last few months, expressed an interest in specific products, so are serious candidates," said Chant.
"No suppliers at this first event, but we plan to work out loud on this and will quickly publish outcomes. Direct supplier engagement will happen quickly."
Chant said the BuyCamp events will aim to transform government thinking away from the "old way of doing things"
"We're trying to bring government IT to a tipping point so that we can reinvent how things get done. No more big, centralised, lengthy requirements, high risk of failure but, instead, smaller projects, done quickly, with rapid innovation and plenty of sharing."
Last week Chant told V3 he was considering allowing any firm to host access to the service within the CloudStore, in order to drive competition and increase availability.
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