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Government CTO Liam Maxwell on C-level change

Graham Jarvis | April 29, 2013
The government is scrapping the cross-government CIO role. Since the coalition took office in 2010 there has been a significant level of CIO churn in Whitehall. Liam Maxwell, currently the Government CTO, has risen through the ranks and is considered to be a major reformer. CIO UK met with Maxwell recently to discuss a wide range of issues, including the politics of his role, the Government Digital Service, G-Cloud, SME vendors and -- of course -- cuts.

"That's why the CloudStore is a great advance and the feedback from companies is that it takes much less time and effort on nugatory administration and it gets to the point, which is about making it easier to become registered for selling and quick."

IT and security consultant Jane Fae agrees.

"The broad direction of government strategy is probably about right with regards to cloud services, portability, short-term contracts that allow government and suppliers to switch in and out of services seamlessly and painlessly."


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