Cost-effective, innovative and flexible.  These top the list of requirements when procuring digital Cloud-based services.  However, the options available are often limited to large-scale suppliers and expensive long-term contracts.

The G-Cloud platform provides an innovative marketplace where SMEs can compete and offer their services directly alongside big players.  Initiated by the Government in 2012, the aim of G-Cloud is to deliver cloud based technology to public sector organisations via approved frameworks.  The G-Cloud catalogue is refreshed every 6 months, ensuring the latest technology from suppliers is always available.

What are the benefits of using the G-Cloud?

  1. Easily compare and benchmark reputable suppliers based on your desired characteristics and price.
  2. Over 22,000 accredited suppliers to choose from – filter based on your specific requirements
  3. Access ‘ready to use hybrid cloud’ solutions that are pre-assured for security, performance and service management.
  4. Save time on a traditional Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) or Invitation to Tender – the open procurement for each of the G-Cloud frameworks has already been done.
  5. Avoid long, expensive and inflexible contracts –buyers can change service providers easily, without lengthy procurement and implementation cycles.
  6. Achieve economies of scale with cross government projects using common commodity solutions to avoid duplication of services.
  7. Meet environmental and sustainability targets.
  8. Deliver ICT systems that are responsive to changing demands, policies and strategies – delivering value for money and up to date solutions.
  9. Reduce costs through buying solutions as a service or based on usage, to meet your resource requirements.
  10. Save money on maintenance and physical storage.

Who can use G-Cloud?

All government departments, local authorities, not-for-profit organisations, police forces, fire and rescue services and wider public-sector bodies are eligible to buy services on the Digital Marketplace.

Active are proud to be an accredited G-Cloud 9 cloud software supplier.

 

Notes:

Access G-Cloud Digital marketplace here.

In May this year, the list of approved G-Cloud suppliers was released, with more than 100 new organisations added to the Digital Marketplace list. https://www.publictechnology.net/articles/news/g-cloud-9-supplier-list-revealed