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G-Cloud could be the new global model for procurement, says ex-White House CIO

Derek du Preez | Nov. 25, 2013
Former White House CIO Vivek Kundra believes the Cabinet Office's G-Cloud could be the new model for how governments across the world procure IT and technology.

"More competition is always better, which means we the citizens are going to get more value for a lot less. Whenever these projects fail, it's not just the tax dollars that we are talking about, if you look at the current example in the US, it means millions of of Americans won't have access to healthcare. Implications are vast, it's a tragedy."

Recently the head of CGI's UK division (previously Logica) hit out at the governments reforms and said that Francis Maude is at risk of pushing investment from the big suppliers elsewhere. However, Kundra believes that when you begin to see a backlash from the 'cartel of government suppliers', this is when necessary change is taking place.

"The fact that you are getting a backlash from the big suppliers means you are doing something right. I would be very concerned if you were not, it would mean that there isn't any meaningful change happening," he said.

"I would rather any day have a model where you have Darwinian competition for the best solution than an eco-system that is closed, secretive and opaque."

 

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