G-Cloud director Chris Chant to retire at the end of the month

By Graeme Burton
17 Apr 2012 View Comments
Cloud Computing Services - Chris Chant heads up the G-Cloud project

G-Cloud programme director Chris Chant (pictured) will retire at the end of the month after 37 years in the Civil Service.

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Chant was responsible for implementing Cloudstore, G-Cloud's online marketplace of information and communications services from more than 250 suppliers to the public sector.

Cloudstore is part of the government's efforts to centralise, simplify and drive down the cost of procurement across the public sector.

However, Chant will leave Cloudstore unfinished: it currently functions as a catalogue of service providers, rather than a cloud service in its own right, and the process of assurance and accreditation remains incomplete.

The accreditation process is particularly important as once a service is accredited in line with CESG guidance on information assurance, public sector buyers will be able to use it straight off the shelf without having to go through the accreditation process again. There will be products available up to government security standard IL3, according to G-Cloud.

However, the next iteration of the G-Cloud framework will be released at the end of April or the first week in May, which will inaugurate a new approach where the organisation will be able to add new suppliers and services on a quarterly or more frequent basis.

Existing suppliers will be able to move to the new framework with little effort, according to G-Cloud's Eleanor Stewart.

Chant will leave his job about two weeks after he published a stinging blog post criticising the progress of governmental IT.

In it he wrote that, "real progress has been blocked by many things, including an absence of capability in both departments and their suppliers, by a strong resistance to change, by the perverse incentives of contracts that mean it's cheaper to pay service credits than to fix the problem and by an unwillingness to embrace the potential of newer and smaller players to offer status quo-busting ideas."

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