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By | Paul Kunert 23rd February 2012 09:01

Cabinet Office 'fesses up to Cloud Store gremlins

Boss vows to 'fix that dratted feedback form'

IT and comms suppliers are unable to tweak their entries in the government's Cloud Store because the only mechanism to do this is not working properly.

The first tranche of Blighty's public sector cloud framework was released to market on Sunday, an online catalogue including 1,700 services - though not all are yet available - from more than 250 chosen firms.

Chris Chant, G-Cloud programme director at the Cabinet Office, described the first iteration as an alpha release: "There's plenty of work to do on the store."

He said the biggest issue so far is suppliers "saying can we change [our services description". The only way to update details on Cloud Store is via the feedback mechanism, but Chant confirmed it needs to "fix that dratted feedback form", which shows an error message when comments are posted.

"One thing we can’t fix so quickly is the second biggest set of enquiries we’ve had that is 'how do we get our product on the Cloudstore'," he added.

Around 850 services are ready to be used by the UK's public sector straight away, and 20 per cent of the 1,700 have yet to be accredited, with priority given to services that are in demand.

"So if you’re a supplier and want that done early, get your customer to get in touch with us," advised Chant. ®

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