Government chief information officer Andy Nelson has urged public sector IT leaders to ensure they take advantage of the CloudStore and Public Sector Network (PSN) services in order to derive the benefits they can offer.
Speaking at the Modernising Justice conference in London on Thursday, Nelson said the ease and simplicity with which the services can be purchased, compared to long, cumbersome procurement frameworks usually required, should encourage their uptake.
"The CloudStore already has 250 supplier responses, some three quarters of which are SMBs. Having services on an online catalogue that people can just buy is a real step forward [from previous procurement systems]," he said.
"It's great to have the CloudStore and the PSN implemented but unless we [the public sector] use them we are not going to get the savings they can provide."
He also confirmed that the government would shortly be announcing the types of services that will be available over the PSN, which is likely to include telecoms, network tools and web hosting services, from numerous suppliers.
The the list of suppliers are BT, Fujistu, Virgin Media, Logicalis, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Level 3, Capita Business Services Limited, Updata Infrastructure, MDNX Enterprise Services, Eircom UK, KCOM and Thales.
Nelson also said the government was embarking on a programme of hardware upgrades across the criminal justice system, such as court buildings, with printers they next set of equipment to be replaced, having already updated many PCs and laptops in use.
The government IT chief also reiterated Whitehall's desire to take advantage of the open data movement and the challenge being laid down to all departments to work to a "digital first" strategy so services, advice and transactions from government are all available online as standard.
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