We have passed a new milestone for G-Cloud, which, as of 1 June, is no longer a standalone programme.
It has always been the intention to move the programme into “business as usual”, and now is the natural time for this to happen, on the back of our successes: three procurement frameworks, the launch of our new improved CloudStore; acceptance of the Public Cloud First mandate across central government; and sales on a steep upward curve, soaring close to £22m to the end of April.
As I’ve said many times, G-Cloud is a real game-changer. I see it as an enabler for efficiency, reform and growth, which closely links it to the principles that underpin the Government Digital Service (GDS). So, we’ve been busy transitioning activities across to GDS, to ensure that we don’t lose any momentum. I’m confident that GDS will continue to improve G-Cloud, building on our success and providing strong leadership and support for departments as they move towards ever wider adoption of Cloud solutions.
As we pass the baton over, I want to thank all those who have worked on G-Cloud, past and present – for such a small team, this has been a massive achievement. We could never have done this without the support we have had from hundreds of suppliers, industry and trade press, as well as the many friends of G-Cloud outside the programme. I’m truly grateful for your passion, commitment and thought leadership. You have been amazing – thank you.
What we’ve done is truly groundbreaking. G-Cloud is generating interest from around the world, with many now following our lead. I believe that it is one of the most disruptive changes for good that I’ve seen in my entire career in government IT, and I believe this will forever change the way we commission and use IT in the public sector. Time after time, the G-Cloud team has shown boundless energy, not taken “no” for an answer, and achieved the seemingly impossible… I am hugely proud to have been part of this team.
I can now hand over G-Cloud to GDS, safe in the knowledge that we have started such a groundswell of support and momentum for change that G-Cloud is here to stay and can only continue to spread and evolve, ensuring better, cheaper and more responsive IT in the public sector.
This has been the most enjoyable rollercoaster ride ever!