G-Cloud folded into Government Digital Service

The UK government's G-Cloud unit, which set up and operated its cloud procurement framework, has been folded into the Government Digital Service. 

In a blog post today, programme director Denise McDonagh wrote that "it has always been the intention to move the programme into “business as usual”, and now is the natural time for this to happen".

She wrote that the G-Cloud programme was a natural fit for GDS, best known for its work on the government's unified website, gov.uk. 

"As I’ve said many times, G-Cloud is a real game-changer," she wrote. "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). 

"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."

A recent report by the Cabinet Office's Major Projects Authority noted that the G-Cloud programme had suffered funding constraints. The government is committed to the use of cloud computing, however. In March, the Cabinet Office announced a "cloud-first" policy for central government departments.

"In future, when procuring new or existing services, public sector organisations should consider and fully evaluate potential Cloud solutions first – before they consider any other option," it said at the time.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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