Tech firms warn of reputational risk over handling of state’s €60m cloud tender

Technology Ireland has said the proposal has ‘fundamental difficulties’ that make it unworkable

Ossian Smyth, the junior public expenditure minister with special responsibility for procurement, described described the could tender as a “ground-breaking competition” at the time of its release

Big Tech companies have harshly criticised the government’s proposals to introduce a new centralised procurement process for a €60m public sector cloud computing service.

Increased adoption of cloud services has been promoted by the state as an integral part of its plan to drive digital transformation in Ireland.

But a large number of top tech companies have privately warned ministers that failure to address issues raised by industry in recent months could lead to significant ...