2 posts • joined 27 Feb 2012
Re: Chris Chant Programme Director GCloud
Chris, It is clear that the G-Cloud initiative is a massive step forward and will revolutionise the purchase of services by government departments. The move away from hugely expensive monolithic stacks provided by the same group of dominant suppliers to a distributed set of cost-effective services delivered by smaller companies will benefit the country as a whole. However there is one important issue that needs to be addressed though in the current version of CloudStore - Capita has submitted every variant of a service as a new supplier service and as a result have swamped the lists of suppliers. As an example the Hosting service under IaaS has 44 entries for Capita and only 2 others, which does give a slightly misleading impression of availability.
There are NOT really 250 suppliers - Capita submitted every service variant as a new service supplier with the result that they have 180 of the 250 entries. As an example if you search the store for "Hosting" you will find that there are 44 Hosting entries for Capita, where each entry is just a small change in one of the service parameters! Other suppliers get one entry at best but if every supplier had done the same the list would run to many thousands and be totally useless - as it is it is simply hugely biased towards Capita ( who were once a government department .......)