There is still a lack of understanding in the public sector about the benefits the government's G-Cloud programme can bring departments, especially when it comes to security, according to Denise McDonagh, the new director of the government's G-Cloud project.
McDonagh is currently the head of IT at the Home Office, but at the end of this week will take on the responsibilities of outgoing G-Cloud programme director Chris Chant.
In an exclusive interview with V3, both Chant and McDonagh said the next step in the government's cloud programme will be to further the public sector's knowledge of its existence and benefits.
Chant, who plans to retire this Friday, began this education process but there is still a long way to go, said McDonagh.
"We have to change how we do things, and the cloud is a key enabler. If we get it right, we can change how the government accesses its supply base, and change the ways it delivers services," she said.
"There is no doubt in my mind that this will work. This programme is innovative and is new thinking, but it does take time to turn some people around to the idea of change,"
McDonagh said she planned to continue running the Buy Camp events Chant had initiated to teach local authorities how the G-Cloud CloudStore works and how to use it.
Additionally, in another move to increase the take up of cloud services in government, McDonagh and Chant revealed plans to tie the G-Cloud to the Cabinet Office's approval process.
"This will mean that if departments and authorities choose to ignore the G-Cloud in their procurement processes, they will be asked their reasons for doing so," said McDonagh.
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