Denise McDonagh rebuts G-Cloud critics

Director of G-Cloud defends programme against claims of fall in interest

Denise McDonagh, director of the Cabinet Office’s G-Cloud programme, has said that suggestions there has been a drop in interest in supplying to the G-Cloud are “just plain wrong”.

To date, there have been 407 expressions from interest from new suppliers into the G-Cloud, in addition to those already on the first G-Cloud framework and that are reapplying, she said.

McDonagh was responding in a Cabinet Office blog to comments about G-Cloud sales figures over the past week.

“Most of these [comments] are supportive and recognise the fact that 75% of the spend through the framework has been with SMEs as the positive step that it is, but others have been less supportive (and I would go as far as saying less accurate in their use of the data),” said McDonagh.

Public sector organisations spent just over £98,000 through the CloudStore framework in July, mainly on software. The total represents a drop from nearly £460,000 the previous month and £555,800 in April.

McDonagh pointed out that since the first G-Cloud framework was launched in February, purchases worth more than £1m have been made through it.

“Some people who don’t really understand the landscape we’re working in may well look at that figure and assume that has had very little impact on the estimated £16bn a year that government spends on IT,” she said.

“This simply highlights that what they don’t understand is the relationship between £1 spent with a G-Cloud supplier, and £1 spent with one of the 20 corporations responsible for delivering 90% of government IT at present.

“That is why the fact that after only four months of completed data we can clearly see the shift away from the traditional suppliers to the SMEs is such a good thing.”

The current challenge for G-Cloud programme is to ensure that the buyers understand how to purchase and consume the many services they are offering.

McDonagh said this is the reason behind an online community to support buyers and enable all who are interested in the G-Cloud to interact and communicate.

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