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Barony G Cloud Offering

Formed in 1993, with over 200 government clients, Barony is an independent consultancy and learning organisation which provides a number of key consulting support services. Building upon the foundations of the Centre for EGovernment, which was founded by Barony, these include;

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Clinical Commissioning Groups can solve Systems issues through G Cloud

With nearly a year to go before Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) move from shadow to operational status, considerable work is required on the IT systems designed to support and provide management information for each organisation. It is hard to see how the reforms can be implemented without appropriate IT.

As a delegated function, even if a national systems specification for a CCG was available, the procurement and implementation stages of a suite of systems would take over 9 months.

A technological and service option is to source software as a service through G Cloud. Many iPhone and iPad users will already be familiar with the iCloud.

In UK government terms, private and community cloud deployment models refer to the same thing as the G-Cloud programme. Its founding principles dictate that the Public Sector should be treated as one organisation for cloud services. This means that systems for CCGs can be provided through the G Cloud.

In practice, this will shorten assessment, procurement and implementation phases for the new Clinical Commissioning Consortia. Of course legacy providers will have to assess their systems against suitability criteria for CCGs and gain access to G Cloud. G Cloud users are expected to pay on a cost per use basis and data is secure and transferable on movement of applications. Whilst still in its infancy, G Cloud promises to revolutionise public sector IT services through improved flexibility and lower costs.

This appears to meet the systems challenges faced by CCGs as implementation timescales using conventional procurement routes and methods are unlikely to satisfy authorisation deadlines and criteria. The procurement hurdles have also been crossed by the Government Procurement Service in securing a Framework Agreement for G Cloud services and related strategic advice.

Barony Consulting Group has secured a place on the G Cloud Framework for related strategic advice and services. In our view, CCG leads should be evaluating the potential of G Cloud applications for use within their consortia. It is clear that the responsibility will be devolved to local level and that there is no time to waste in meeting the CCG G Cloud challenge.

Patterns emerging from Cloudstore (Government Apps)

Today, the CloudStore was launched ( This is the birth of the G Cloud Government AppStore. You will no doubt be familiar with iPhone and iPad apps for personal use. This is the start of the commoditisation process of government IT.

It is aimed at making public sector IT acquisition cheaper and quicker. It offers a more transparent way to procure the services you need, including email, word processing, system hosting, enterprise resource planning, electronic records management, customer relationship management or office productivity applications.

The G-Cloud framework is set to revolutionise the purchasing, management and delivery of public sector IT services and the way suppliers work with government. Public sector organisations will be able to purchase “off-the-shelf” IT services from CloudStore on a “pay-as-you-go” basis rather than having to develop their own systems. This model means the government can use what it wants, when it wants it, and save money by avoiding duplication of services that cannot be shared.

So what has happened? Around 50% of the firms included are SME’s including Barony. Major vendors such as Capita are well represented in network services. Others such as Unit4, Synapse and ESRI have a presence.

However, we could find no entry from Northgate, TeamNetSol, Civica or OLM.
Amazon and Apple were not represented but these play to the consumer markets.

Clearly all of these firms are finding their feet and watching the market. Interestingly, Microsoft is present but Oracle isn’t. Patterns are emerging so the challenge will be for local government to encourage wider participation. This may be termed as market management or part of the commissioning role being established by many Councils.

For those committed to mutualisation, Cloudstore offers the ability for emerging mutuals to reduce costs. It is in Councils’ interests to encourage participation in order to ensure that the service grows and does not become stillborn. Of course, any new development can have unintended consequences. Non participating vendors will need to carefully consider their strategies and technology.

Apple has done much for the consumerisation of IT through the development of Apps. Now the consumer revolution is spreading to the government sector. We shouldn’t turn it away by ignoring it or sitting with a watching brief. 

Cabinet Office Press Release is available on:

Press Releases – 19 February 2012