Government IT framework G-Cloud has been slammed by services outfit Six Degrees Group (SDG) for "not doing its job" after research it carried out revealed more than three quarters of local authorities had no idea what the framework could be used for.
G-Cloud is currently in its fourth iteration and in November it hailed its best month of sales yet - £63.5m - up £10m from the previous month. The framework was set up with the aim of giving the public sector more flexibility when buying IT and encouraging smaller suppliers to get involved with selling to the government.
Despite its good intentions and surging sales, SDG was less than impressed following its research. It received Freedom of Information request responses from nearly 300 councils and local authorities.
Some 87 per cent of those respondents said they are not currently buying any of their IT through G-Cloud - only 38 councils had had any involvement with G-Cloud. On top of this, 76 per cent of those asked had no idea what G-Cloud could be used for, leading SDG's group strategy and marketing director Campbell Williams to blast the framework.
"We're disappointed that G-Cloud is still failing both customers and suppliers alike," he said.
"If those behind G-Cloud don't educate the public sector soon, government procurement for IT will continue to be handled by the same old faces delivering the same poor outcomes for the taxpayer.
"These statistics show that there is a communication issue from central government. It's clearly not doing its job for a huge number of councils and local authorities in the UK, which could otherwise be benefiting from the expenditure savings, innovations, agility and security of cloud computing."
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