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GDS announce third major update to Transaction Explorer

GDS announce third major update to Transaction Explorer

GDS announced today their third major update to their Transactional Explorer service. The list shows the breadth of transactional services provided by the government, from tax-based transactions with volumes in the millions per year, to applications with only a few.

As part of the announcement was the inclusion for the first time the publish of data on digital take-up: the number of transactions completed through digital channels. The agency stated "As departments start to implement their digital strategies, and as services are being transformed, the Explorer tool will track the rise in digital take-up and the effect this has in reducing costs per transaction."

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Cloud First mandate announced by the Cabinet Office

Cloud First mandate announced by the Cabinet Office

Cloud First at last - at least across central government. That's the long-awaited announcement from the Cabinet Office today as minister Francis Maude backs a mandate to ensure that Cloud is the first port of call for the public sector.

In future, when procuring new or existing services, public sector organisations must consider and fully evaluate potential Cloud solutions first – before they consider any other option.

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GCloud spend breakdown by numbers

GCloud spend breakdown by numbers

Spend by GCloud amounts to circa £18m to date. In the spirit of transparency the Cabinet Office release data related to this spend at GCloud sales information. An interesting analysis and breakdown of this spend has been conducted by Andy Powell who is head of research at Eduserv.

Andy Powell's analysis can be found at this site. He concludes the following:

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