One of our more noisy US colleagues recently stated that the UK Government needs to do more in the cloud. Given our experience the UK Government is doing lots in the cloud, they are just not doing it with our US colleague.
So I thought it would be helpful to provide a few examples of what the UK Government is doing in the cloud with my company @UK PLC a single UK cloud provider.
The major projects so far this year are as follows:-
- February this year the National Audit office used our cloud services for an in depth analysis of NHS procurement (£ 500 million savings identified)
- August go live of the worlds first nationwide B2B card based marketplace for all UK Universities and Colleges
- September launch of nationwide schools marketplace with all items carbon neutral voluntarily offset by the suppliers as part of a drive for savings and sustainability(another world first).
- September start of data collection for the NHS carbon footprint project another world first looking at the carbon footprint of all the items purchased by the NHS.
Last year Richard Benyon the Minister for the Natural Environment launched our Green Marketplace and we passed the £ 100 billion of spend Analysed. We have users from every single major public sector body on our system, which we would suggest is a reasonable level of engagement in the cloud for a single supplier sample, and that our Government is doing interesting and innovative things.