The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn which says that G-Cloud 9 will be extended by 12 months next week, with G-Cloud 10 now delayed until May 2019.
G-Cloud 9 was supposed to end on 22 May but now the government is mulling over an extension and is expected to confirm it soon. The question is why and it is believed that framework has suffered since Tony Singleton moved on.
The worry is that there might be “very significant” problems with G-Cloud which will leave suppliers burnt, while many expected an extension they did not expect the full 12 months.
Each time there is a new G-Cloud there are more than 700 new SME suppliers join. Suppliers cannot be added in the middle of an iteration, meaning they have to wait and apply for the next version. New products and services can not be added mid-iteration, meaning these also have to wait for the next incarnation to launch.
Another issue is that this shows that the government’s so-called commitment to technology is inconsistent and not transparent. Some suppliers are muttering that the government claims it has an industrial strategy where tech SMEs are seen as vital, and yet the Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Service are deciding internally whether they’re really going to do something which damages the growth of the same sector.
Delays will cause pricing issues for suppliers because prices are locked in when a G-Cloud iteration goes live and can able to be changed when a new iteration launches.
Business Collaborator, better known as GroupBC has won a spot on the Crown Commercial Services G-Cloud 9 agreement for the supply of Cloud Software.
For those who came in late, GroupBC peddles its Common Data Environment (CDE), Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Process Management modules delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS), to ensure construction related projects meet the BIM level 2 standards as mandated by the UK Government in April 2016.
The G-Cloud framework is an initiative targeted at easing procurement of cloud based information technology by UK public-sector departments by ensuring suppliers have met the standards laid out in the G-Cloud framework and are compliant with them.
G-Cloud 9 reassures buyers that the technology on offer is aligned to the National Cloud Security Centre’s 14 principles on cloud security, ensuring fully secure access and storage of data, and integrity of suppliers.
GroupBC wants to grow its presence with further public bodies looking to implement a solution to support attainment of BIM level 2 compliance, as well as deliver asset and project information management controls.
Flying Binary has come up with a product to allow NHS trusts to consolidate their data in readiness for GDPR by buying an Analytics Private Health Data Vault service.
Flying Binary says its Analytics Private Health Data Vault service can be bought through the G-Cloud 9 app store.
The outfit said the service helps GDPR compliance of a trust’s applications, decommissioning legacy systems, and tinkers with patient data to enable operational health analyses and a single view of patient data.
GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation is one of those EU-crafted data storing regulations which the UK will still adopt. It comes into force in May 2018, specifying how organisations holding personal data process and control it.
What this means is that the Trusts can buy a GDPR-compliant PACS system from Flying Binary which is based on Commvault’s Clinical Archive offering. Their legacy data is accessible through it and available for bulk migration.