Socitm hits back at claims councils are missing out on cloud savings.
A society for public sector IT pros has savaged the Government’s G-Cloud as it hit back at claims local authorities not on the public procurement framework are wasting millions of pounds.
Socitm claimed G-Cloud fails to meet the needs of local council IT services and isn’t competitive enough on price in an interview with CBR.
Its head of policy, Martin Ferguson, was responding to figures showing that 26 county councils spent less than 1% of their collective IT budget via the framework in 2012/13.
G-Cloud was introduced by the Government in 2012 in order to save public sector money by letting SMBs bid on cloud IT contracts.
But the Cabinet Office admitted more must be done to promote the initiative after Bull Information Systems revealed that 18 of 26 county councils spent nothing on the service in 2012/13.
A spokesman said 92 councils have spent a total £9.4m on G-Cloud so far, but Socitm’s Ferguson tells CBR G-Cloud is far from good enough at meeting local authorities’ IT requirements.
Here’s his 5 reasons why:
G-Cloud was developed for central Government
"It was really developed as a response to the dependence of central government on very big and unwieldy contracts in the past to break them down into smaller parts, bringing SMBs into the market," Ferguson tells us.
And he sees central government IT needs as very different from those of local councils.
"From a local government point of view, a lot of services on there are not realistic to help local government with what services it delivers."
He points to the absence of software to support key responsibilities of local government, such as housing and social care services.