With European public sector organisations looking to overhaul how they buy IT, some are wondering if the UK's G-Cloud model could be the answer they are looking for!
Anyone reading the British press would be left with the impression the UK is, at best, a half-hearted member of the European community and, at worst, positively at odds with its continental neighbours.
While it’s true to say there are some areas of disagreement, there are commercial areas where the UK is not only fully engaged, but actively leading the field.
Cloud computing is one area where British expertise is really showing the way. Take the UK government’s G-Cloud project, which is currently attracting a good deal of interest across Europe, as an example of how public sector procurement can be done differently and more efficiently.
Public sector procurement is a key component of the European Cloud Computing Strategy, launched by former European Union (EU) commissioner Neelie Kroes in 2012.
Speaking at the time of the launch, she said: “Public IT procurement is about 20% of the market, but today it is fragmented with limited impact.