Build an Apps Store – Cisco on Government Cloud Computing

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A few months back we ran the ‘Open Government Cloud Computing ‘ introductory webinar.

This described the relationship between ‘G-Cloud’ (Government Cloud Computing) and the topic of Open Government, specifically with regards to how it is being applied in Canada. Andy MacLeod, Head of Public Sector for Cisco UK, explains in his slide deck an introduction to the Cabinet Office G-Cloud program.

From slide 8 he explains how the G-Cloud model specifies a blueprint for Shared Service application design, like operating a single platform for email and collaboration.

Slide 9 shows how it can be driven by 5 different technical domains, “worlds”:

  • “Shared world” – What can be shared, should be shared. Common shared systems for all too use.
  • “Testing world” – I don’t want to buy computers to test new systems, can I rent them from you?
  • “Web world” – Online/web services to employees/ citizens and business
  • “Hosting world” – My computer systems are fine, I just want to close my data centres and use yours.
  • “SME world” – I want to use your G-Cloud to offer services to my non Government customers. UK tax growth, innovation.

Slide 10 then begins a walk through of how this apps store (ASG) can be implemented, including aspects like certification procedures for ‘on ramping’ applications into a G-Cloud environment.

Transformation – Business benefits

This apps store part of Government Cloud Computing is critically important, because this is where the major benefits can be realized. As Andy describes this include:

  • Vendor performance : The catalogue can be web-based and utilize ‘crowdsourcing’ features, like customer ratings, to positively encourage continually improving vendor price performance and VfM – Value for Money.
  • New procurement models : G-Cloud enables a market-centric supply chain for apps delivery, so that the ASG can offer dynamically-priced services like “Latest best price”.
  • Innovation Nation : Leverage Cloud to provide additional benefits, like providing innovation toolsets to startup SMEs.

In short a G-Cloud can be underpinned by a Service Catalogue and used to drive associated benefits – Like standardization, pre-procurement, and then also the new dynamism of the technology can be extended into a broader ICT innovation agenda.

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