Is G-Cloud selling services or knowledge?

20th May 2013 by Joe Gardiner

With a revised framework (version 3), a new cloud store approaching launch, and sales figures that are now being described as “exponential”, it is getting harder for industry analysts to continue to claim that G-Cloud is a failure (although they …

Is the Government listening to SME feedback?

18th March 2013

Since my last blog post concerned with Francis Maude’s mandate for Central Government to engage with SMEs, there have been a number of interesting developments. In addition to blogging about my recent experiences with the GPS framework, I submitted feedback …

How can central government better understand the SME marketplace?

3rd October 2012

As an SME looking to engage with central government procurement we have recently found ourselves caught in a paradoxical situation where Francis Maude’s IT project management guidelines. These urge government procurement to have greater engagement with SMEs in order to …

Making sales with G-Cloud

12th June 2012

I’m happy to announce that we have made our first sales to UK central government through the G-Cloud programme. This success has come from over a year of work attempting to break into the central government hosting market. You can …

Value for money: one year on

3rd February 2012

At the end of June last year I published a report entitled ‘Does the UK Government get value for money?‘ which analysed the COI’s ‘Reporting on Progress 2009/10′ document. The publication listed key website metrics such as page views, hosting …

G-Cloud Foundation Delivery Partner

28th October 2011 by Joe Gardiner

Following our success in Innovation Launchpad we have been meeting with various Government departments and civil servants to discuss projects that we can be involved in. The most exciting of these was the new G-Cloud programme, essentially a strategy to …

Video of the Innovation Launchpad presentation

3rd August 2011

Here is the video of the CatN presentation from the Innovation Launchpad presentations on he 19th July 2011. It was kindly sent to me by David Gigg at the Cabinet Office. Unfortunately the sound quality was not very good, but …

CatN goes to Downing Street

21st July 2011

As you may have read in my previous posts, CatN made it to the final stages of the Innovation Launchpad. I was invited to pitch my proposal to a panel of over 100 senior civil servants. Stephen Allot, Crown Commercial …

Innovation Launch Pad mentoring stages

22nd June 2011

Following the voting stage outlined in my previous two posts (Experiences with Innovation Launch Pad & Innovation Launch Pad Update), my proposal to save the Government £17,880,000 on their web hosting finished in third position. Based on the Approval Rating …

Innovation Launch Pad Update

9th June 2011

Following on from my previous post, ‘Experiences with Innovation Launch Pad‘, I have an update about how my proposal is getting on! We’re now in the final stages of the process, stage 5 out of 6, and the best proposals …

Experiences with Innovation Launch Pad

21st April 2011 by Joe Gardiner

One the 28th March 2011, the UK Government launched the website www.innovationlaunchpad.spigit.com with the intention of creating an easy way for SME’s to submit business proposals to Government. There are five stages to to ILP (Innovation Launch Pad) proposal process. …

Migrating the Department for Transport website to WordPress

23rd August 2010

From the conclusions made in the article UK government’s spending on hosting and development, I decided to migrate the Government site DFT (Department for Transport) to a php application, specifically WordPress, as this is a CMS we have much experience developing and hosting. …

Does the UK Government get value for money?

30th June 2010

The COI (Central Office of Information) released the annual report for government websites at the end of June 2010, giving us an insight into expenditure for all sections of government informational websites, and analytical data such as visitor numbers. This …