At VMware we’re focussed on helping organisations transform the way they deliver IT. The UK public sector is currently going through a period of change, and IT has the potential to play a major part in the transformation of public sector bodies. Over the past year we’ve been speaking to public sector IT leaders as part of our ‘Smart Savings’ survey research, and we’re now able to publish the results of the third survey in the series – “Smart Savings 3: G-Cloud Progress”.
We surveyed 189 senior figures involved in public sector IT in the UK, carried out in February 2012, and the results make for very interesting reading. One of the most revealing figures is that there is still some confusion around the G-Cloud – 58 per cent were concerned that they did not fully understand the specifics and only 20% felt the government had done a good job of communicating the G-Cloud plans to the public sector. This feeling is further reflected in the fact that 63 per cent of the IT leaders surveyed thought the government wouldn’t be able to get 50 per cent of public sector IT services to be bought via the cloud.
Unfortunately, these results are indicative of the state of the public sector cloud landscape in the UK at the moment. The pace of change, and in particular the adoption of cloud, has been frustratingly slow. The opportunities that the cloud presents the UK public sector are large, and have so much potential for innovation and cost savings.
However, there are already some excellent examples of public sector bodies in the UK reaping the benefits of what the cloud can do for them. We’ve been working with Dr Zafar Chaudry, chief information officer, Liverpool Women’s and Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trusts, who told us that while there are “cultural challenges to be overcome” when dealing with the cloud, the public sector is “under major pressure to cut costs and cloud computing is the single best way of doing so.” This statement is echoed by the assistant head of IT at the London Borough of Hillingdon, Roger Bearpark, who explained to us that his view that the G-Cloud and Cloudstore “must be the catalyst for forward thinking ICT professionals within the public sector to re-evaluate how they procure, deliver and change services.”. You can read further details in the report.
We know how much the cloud can help organisations save money, improve efficiency and deliver better value ICT services. The UK government and public sector bodies need to show greater ambition when it comes to how they will use the cloud. The government’s proposed saving of £200 million per year by 2015 through cloud adoption is only 3 per cent of the government’s IT bill. UK public sector organisations should use the direction provided by the G-Cloud strategy to make major and rapid changes within their organisations and revolutionise not just the way they deliver IT, but the way in which they deliver services to the public.