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U.K. Government G-Cloud Learns Lessons for Better Catalog-Based Procurement

Published: 27 August 2014

ID: G00265652

Analyst(s): Neville Cannon

Summary

The U.K. government's G-Cloud shows a great desire to increase engagement with the SMB market and reduce reliance on large-scale contracts with system integrators. Whole-of-government and departmental CIOs considering or preparing for a similar procurement model can learn the key lessons so far.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Whole-of-Government CIOs Considering Establishing a Framework Such as G-Cloud Must Consider All Tiers of Government, and Contractual Terms Should Support the Delivery of Sound Business Cases
  • All CIOs Must Take Steps to Improve Contract Management Within Their Area of Responsibility — Whether They Are Utilizing Fewer Large-Scale Contracts or Multiple Small Vendors and Contract Types — by Recruiting Experts From the Private Sector or by Imparting the Skill Sets via Specialized Programs to Existing Staff Members
  • Whole-of-Government CIOs Must Ensure That, If They Are Reducing the Buying Time to a Minimum for Cloud Computing Models to Be Supported, Then Significant and Certifiable Due Diligence Is Undertaken to Warrant That the Framework Complies With Relevant Legislation
  • All CIOs Must Warrant That Active Stakeholder Engagement Is Undertaken, Especially With Vendors and Procurement Teams; This Ensures That Process Clarity Is Achieved

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