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Updated: Gov confirms departure of G-Cloud director

Cabinet Office releases statement about Chris Chant's retirement, while Denise McDonagh is lined up as his replacement.

He claimed G-Cloud has helped rectify some of these issues, and said there are signs the Government's attitude to IT is changing.

"The biggest change is that the public sector [is] no longer willing to put up with the poor service and delivery that they've experienced [and] are actively looking for new ways of working," wrote Chant.

"Big departments openly talk about wanting to get away from the traditional model of big, cumbersome IT [and] I hear CIOs talk about not wanting to see promises continually broken and I know they mean it," he added.

There are still several areas the Government needs to improve on, said Chant. These include rolling out shorter IT contracts and involving more SMBs in the procurement process.

He also warned larger IT suppliers that the days of delivering "poor service for big money" were over, and that CIOs must adapt to this change.

"SMBs should embrace the opportunity they now have and bring their capabilities speed, flexibility and low prices to the market. For the first time, Government is ready," he concluded.

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