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The benefits of sharing new technology and networks across the public sector

The Guardian - The government's internet shopping site for public sector Information Communication Technology (ICT) services had 23,605 visitors within 10 days of its launch last month. The G-Cloud – which offers buyers 1,700 applications from nearly 300 different suppliers - is a key plank of the government's ICT strategy published last year. Ministers hope that cloud computing along with the more shared networks across different public sector organisations, under the banner of the Public Services Network (PSN), will save around £1bn in ICT costs alone by 2014 and improve public services. Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude says: "Effective and efficient ICT is critical to delivering world-class public services that offer value for taxpayers' money. The actions we are taking will reduce waste, avoid costly project failures of the past and see smart technology systems being used to improve the way that services are delivered."