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Government cloud strategy slated by former advisor

A former UK Government advisor has slammed the Government’s IT strategy branding it wasteful and urging the country’s heads to embrace the cloud.

Scott Fletcher, a former advisor to Chancellor George Osborne, has criticised the work of Government departments when it comes to IT and claims it is wasting money on internal IT systems as opposed to investing in cloud technology.

“Government continues using internal information technology systems, with all their equipment and personnel costs, instead of embracing the cloud, which could save them as much as 80 per cent on operating costs,” Fletcher claimed, according to CloudPro.

The main reason that Fletcher thinks government departments should embrace the cloud is to give access to the very best equipment without having to make the capital outlay to acquire it thus saving millions of pounds.

On the Government’s part it has already tried to push its departments and public bodies to look at cloud options before anything else through its cloud-first initiative, which was launched back in May, and the G-Cloud project.

“This move is critical yet it’s taking years longer than it should. Fear and inertia are all that’s keeping Government from making this change, not legitimate technology or policy concerns,” he added.

Personnel costs, which is the largest outlay that government departments make, could be cut significantly by outsourcing to the cloud with workers able to do jobs more efficiently due to the better technology in place in the cloud.

“So it’s time the Government fought through its fear and inertia and embraced Cloud computing. The larger departments, such as NHS and defence, could particularly benefit.”

The Government has been working hard to increase the uptake of cloud computing services in the public sector ever since it launched its G-Cloud project back in February 2012. The third version was released at the end of October and it has demonstrated sizeable savings up against expenditure on expensive IT systems.