The Cabinet Office's G-Cloud project is to receive a funding and staff boost in order to overcome resourcing and usage concerns highlighted in government reports.
Writing on the G-Cloud blog, Tony Singleton from the Government Digital Service said that the organisation will also be carrying out a review of the services G-Cloud provides, as well as clarifying the difference between G-Cloud and the similar procurement service entitled Digital Services Framework.
G-Cloud is intended to boost the business going to small and medium IT service providers.
After the government's Major Projects Authority warned that G-Cloud faced a "significant number of challenges" in its annual report, the service has received a funding boost as well as doubling its staff numbers, Singleton wrote.
"I’m pleased to say that we’ve now have the budget we need to make sure this programme of work continues; and we’ve appointed a team that’s nearly double in size," he wrote. The G-Cloud team is now made up of 10 people.
According to a Cabinet Office spokesman, the initial budget of the G-Cloud project was £1m, which will be altered after the review has been carried out.
In addition to reviewing its own services, G-Cloud will also attempt to tackle an unwillingness of some public sector bodies to embrace the scheme by raising awareness and looking "at what government departments are buying that should be on the G-Cloud but aren't yet".
Singleton also insisted that the team was not being complacent, promising that the scheme would not stand still.
The government currently runs a "cloud-first" policy, meaning that the cloud should be the first consideration when looking to buy IT services. The former head of G-Cloud Denise McDonagh reached out to IT buyers, asking them to "take a risk" on cloud services.
Earlier this month, G-Cloud came under scrutiny from the Office of Fair Trading, which is seeking to clarify whether tax payers are getting value for money from the scheme. In May £3.5m was spent on G-Cloud, with 55 percent of the total spend going to SMEs.
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