A year ago today we launched the first G-Cloud framework and started the journey to provide a new way for the public sector to commission and buy technology-based services. And what a journey it’s been.
We didn’t know a year ago just how many suppliers or services the framework would attract, nor exactly how it would be used. We just knew that there was a strong demand for doing things differently, which meant there was a great opportunity available to us in government.
Now, with nearly 460 suppliers providing over 3,200 services, and a growing number of eager and committed buyers across the public sector, we’re seeing the framework becoming established as a way of doing business with technology.
Help us make G-Cloud better
We now have to build on the success of this first year, strengthen our processes, and continue to push boundaries. To do so, it’s vital that we listen to (and act on) your input as we improve and iterate the service.
We want to make the process of supplying and buying even easier, and that’s why we’ve started work on a new CloudStore, one that will be much more intuitive and user friendly. It’s also why we’re working on a new website, with clearer guidance, support and access to case studies and other resources. We want to make it much easier to find out who’s doing what, so we can build on things that work and share our learning and experiences.
As we release those updates, your feedback will be vital. Tell us what works, and what doesn’t, and help us to keep making G-Cloud better.
There are undoubtedly some great challenges ahead, but we believe that with your continued support we can make the second year even better than the first. Our goal is to make a real difference to the way the public sector uses and delivers the technology needed to deliver a 21st-century service infrastructure for the UK.
We’re immensely grateful for all the work and enthusiasm we’ve seen from suppliers, and for the passion and drive from the public sector staff who have understood the benefits of G-Cloud and who are committed to making it work. Quite simply, we couldn’t have got this far without that support, so I’d like to say a huge thank you from the team to all who’ve put so much in – and keep working at it!