Fastest government IT contract took just three minutes to deploy

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
14 May 2014

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14 May 2014 | Will Green

The director of the government’s G-Cloud programme has said using the service cuts the cost of IT by 50 per cent.

Tony Singleton, director of the digital commercial programme in the Cabinet Office, told a conference the G-Cloud IT framework was driving down prices because of its pay-as-you-go model and greater cost transparency.

He also said G-Cloud was quick. “The fastest we have got a contract in place using G-Cloud was three minutes,” he said.

Speaking at The Public Sector Show 2014 in London yesterday, Singleton said the cloud should be the “first option” when developing new services.

“IT should be bought much more as a commodity rather than negotiating lengthy contracts,” he said. “We don’t need to own servers; we don’t need to own software.”

He said a review had taken place earlier this year “which showed buying through G-Cloud is half the cost of other ways of doing things” and it was “creating deflationary pressure in the market”.

“We think greater transparency is driving down prices further,” he said.

Singleton told delegates there were 1,186 suppliers on the framework, of which 84 per cent were SMEs. He said £154.6 million of spend had gone through G-Cloud since it was established in late 2011.

Central government makes up 79 per cent of sales and other public sector organisations 21 per cent, said Singleton. “We’re working to raise the awareness of G-Cloud and the benefits it can bring,” he said.

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