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G-Cloud II line-up announced

Charlotte Jee Published 26 October 2012

G-Cloud II framework goes live today

The government has named 458 suppliers, three-quarters of which are SMEs, for the G-Cloud II framework for cloud-based IT services.

3,000 services will be available on a 12-month framework, with scope for individual extensions for a further 12 months. The services available through the framework relate to end-user devices, accessibility tools, agile development and management, learning management and simulation and training. The full list of suppliers is available through the G-Cloud blog .

To date, there have been 99 purchases of IT services through the CloudStore, totalling more than £2.2m, 70 per cent of which has been spent with SMEs, the government said.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said:

"This second G-Cloud procurement builds on the success of the first. It will continue the transformation in how the public sector buys, manages and delivers IT services, and how suppliers work with government, driving greater efficiency and savings for the taxpayer.

"As well as focusing on efficiency and reducing costs, the Government is committed to supporting economic growth. Part of this is about levelling the playing field for small and medium-sized firms by making it simpler, quicker and cheaper for them to compete for Government business. The good news is that not only has the number of suppliers on the second G-Cloud framework nearly doubled compared with the first, but that the proportion of SMEs has remained just as high."

CloudStore allows public sector organisations to purchase services on a "pay-as-you-go" basis, rather than having to develop their own systems.

The government hopes that public sector users will change their buying habits, driving greater competition, price transparency and buying efficiencies, through the adoption of Cloud-procured public sector solutions.

G-Cloud programme director Denise McDonagh said the high representation of SMEs on both G-Cloud frameworks and in purchases from CloudStore are positive signs that government is moving away from dependence on a small number of large suppliers for IT services.

"We are creating a truly competitive and diverse marketplace that encourages service providers to improve the quality and value of the solutions they offer, reducing the cost to taxpayers and suppliers, who also benefit from the speed and ease of procurement that G-Cloud offers."

Andrew Hawkins, sales director of public sector IT Services supplier Eduserv, which is on the G-Cloud II list said, "IT has come a long way from the big frameworks that came into being 15 years ago. Now, some fundamental IT services can just be turned on and off and used when necessary. It's stuff you can adopt in weeks rather than years".

He said, "We're basically experiencing a new wave of government IT and how government procures its services. The goal is for government to deliver more agile services for a lower cost. The real winners are government organisations and- most importantly- citizens".

"When we look back in two years I think everyone will be amazed at the speed with which [G-Cloud] was introduced. With hindsight, it will be viewed as phenomenally quick and - I hope - phenomenally successful".

Concerns over speed of accreditation remain, however. The G-Cloud website warns, "We're still in the early stages of this work and have hundreds of products to accredit, so most of the products you'll see in the CloudStore have not yet been accredited.

"The next stage will be to accredit some of the products in line with CESG guidance on information assurance. This means that once products have been accredited, Government buyers will be able to use them straight off the shelf without having to go through the accreditation process again. There will be products available up to IL3."


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