The head of the government's G-Cloud system has revealed he will retire from the role at the end of April and used the announcement to launch a scathing attack on the government's procurement and use of IT systems.
Chris Chant, who helped lead the creation of the G-Cloud project which allows public sector bodies to procure systems from numerous vendors on a pay-as-you-use basis, explained in a blog post that he was concerned by the failures of IT within government.
"It's 30 years or more since government first developed IT systems in-house, 20 years since outsourcing became a major trend and seven years since we should have been 100 per cent online, or digital by default as we now say," he argued in a detailed blog post.
"Sure we've come a long way in each of those periods but, honestly, we haven't come nearly far enough. Unacceptable IT is pervasive."
He did note there were some positive moves being made in government to improve IT use, with many in charge, "no longer willing to put up with the poor service and delivery that they've experienced"
"Underpinning this desire for change is the recent switch to almost total transparency - things that were never published before are now routinely published, even before someone asks for them via FoI [Freedom of Information]," he said.
"Data is being made available by the Open Data initiative. This change in approach is forcing departments to confront what they really need to keep secure - and far from prying eyes - and what they don't."
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