MoD signs G-Cloud contract for GEMS Online system

Charlotte Jee Published 07 November 2012

The MoD purchases from the G-Cloud framework for the first time



The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) contract for its GEMS Online system through the CloudStore.

Skyscape will be responsible for hosting the system, which is being billed as a 'new digital staff engagement and innovation system which will enable MoD and Armed Forces personnel to make suggestions'.

According to the MoD website, "The GEMS scheme encourages all MoD civilian and Armed Forces personnel, ex-employees, directly employed MoD contractors and their staffs to contribute constructive ideas for improving efficiency and organisation anywhere within the Department".

Jonathan Slater, director general of transformation at the MoD said, "Using the G-Cloud Framework has enabled access to a wide range of pre-procured services and suppliers. We have avoided a complex procurement and by using utility based technology we have been able to move exceptionally quickly from proof of concept through to live deployment".

"The whole process has been very easy from start to finish and we have made substantial cost savings too. GEMS Online hosted on Skyscape is an excellent example of how new ways of transacting and consuming ICT are helping government to rise to its challenges and transform".

Phil Dawson, Skyscape's CEO said, "We are proud that the MoD has the confidence to buy cloud services directly from an SME, and shows that there are real opportunities for SMEs to play key roles in the delivery of critical national infrastructure for UK public services".

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