CloudStore is the first pragmatic step towards the Government consuming cloud services and it’s encouraging to see that it is starting to make money. However, as Andy Nelson, the Government's chief information officer (CIO) acknowledges, “there’s a long way to go yet.”
The jury remains out on the long-term success of CloudStore and also of G-Cloud. Widespread adoption is not going to happen overnight. It will require a huge shift in cultural patterns and requirements to facilitate the move from an ownership to a rental model. As we have seen with other technologies and business models over the years, the Government will need to adjust its approach to match the new framework and ways of selecting and purchasing cloud services.
Furthermore, the roll-out of G-Cloud and CloudStore still does not address the underlying issue of ‘Big Data’. This new plethora of services is bringing with it even more digital data that needs to be intelligently converted into meaningful information, so that decisions can be made quickly and effectively. Only then will the public sector be able to start reaping the true benefits of the cloud services available.
Andrew Carr, sales and marketing director, Bull UK & Ireland