Has G-Cloud lost its original vision?


Databarracks Managing Director, Peter Groucutt, has been speaking about the need for the G-Cloud framework to keep sight of its core messaging when it comes to driving good cloud policies and practices.

The latest figures for the sixth iteration of the G-Cloud framework have shown that total sales have now passed £430 million, which shows a large growth since its launch three years ago.

G-Cloud has gone through many changes during its short lifespan in order to improve, such as moving G-Cloud from the CloudStore to the Digital Marketplace which improved the search functionality and simplified the application process for supplies.

Despite being widely welcomed, Groucutt has expressed concerns over the project losing its original vision in order to be swept up into a wider digital portfolio.

Groucutt, said: "If users are to truly reap the benefits the framework must retain its cloud-first culture. There are concerns in the industry that G-Cloud is being pushed to one side, which was brought to light in a recent anonymous blog post from an ex-G-Cloud team member, who gave a damning report on the state of the framework."

"The seemingly small act of merging the @G_CLOUD_UK Twitter account into @GOVUKDigimkt caused uproar, with the blogger saying that no one from the original G-Cloud team remained on the project and that the principles which it stood for are being diluted in GDS."

"Another concern has been the government data showing that while G-Cloud spending has gone up, the percentage of business going through SMBs is actually going down."

However, Groucutt is confident that there is enough passion behind the project to keep pushing it forward, saying: "G-Cloud represents so much more than just a marketplace for businesses to display their products, it’s about driving change in the industry, giving SMEs a chance to be heard, and promoting cloud-first policies within the public sector."

"At the recent Think Cloud event, both Sarah Hurrell, commercial director of technology at the Crown Commercial Service and Tony Singleton, director of G-Cloud, were quick to defend the framework and assure critics that recent rumours of G-Cloud being pushed aside are completely unfounded."

"We’ll have to wait and see whether they stay true to their word, but after all the progress that has been made so far, I for one hope they do."

"G-Cloud 6, is without a doubt a step in the right direction, which is what everyone wants to see. However, it is important that as we progress we don’t forget why G-Cloud was created in the first place. G-Cloud is not simply an online catalogue, it is an ideology and one that needs to remain central to its future," concluded Groucutt.

Databarracks has been selected onto the G-Cloud 6 frameworks with services available in Lots, 1,3 and 4 or IaaS, SaaS and Specialist Cloud Services.

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