The government is set to launch the second iteration of the G-Cloud store next month, allowing it to add new services on an ongoing basis, and has confirmed it has now sold 30 cloud computing services to the public sector.
In an exclusive interview with V3, outgoing G-Cloud programme director, Chris Chant, said he was pleased with this number of purchases since the CloudStore went live.
"The purchases have been evenly spread across government departments. They have also been made across a whole range of suppliers. It's exactly what we hoped for," he said.
Chant established the G-Cloud to bring a broader range of cloud computing suppliers to the government market and increase the flexibility in procurement contracts.
He predicted there would be an increased take-up of G-Cloud services as the public sector became more aware of the programme's benefits.
That take-up will be further encouraged by tying G-Cloud to the Cabinet Office's procurement approval processes, headed up by government deputy chief information officer, Liam Maxwell.
"Maxwell will ask why, if departments make purchases without considering CloudStore," said Chant.
Both version two of the CloudStore and version two of the G-Cloud framework will be released in the first week of May, according to Chant.
The G-Cloud framework is the backbone to the store, and is the marketplace where suppliers compete for a contract with the Government Procurement Services to offer their services to the public sector.
The second version of the framework will allow the government to add suppliers on an ongoing basis so new software and services will be available continuously, which should help push uptake even further.
Chant said that new suppliers will be added to the programme on a bi-monthly basis at first, rather than the monthly basis he had intended with the second version of the framework.
"We are expecting hundreds more suppliers. It wouldn't be a surprise to be if we double what we have now with the next framework. It would amaze me if we don't get at least 50 per cent more," Chant claimed.
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