In previous blogs we have focused on the increasing adoption of Cloud services by businesses to reduce capital and operating costs. However, for governments with budgets and funding under intense public scrutiny, the strains on capital and resources are magnified. Furthermore procurement practices have historically resulted in lengthy, expensive inflexible contracts and the procurement process itself had the potential to filter out smaller yet capable vendors.
Governments worldwide are now leveraging the benefits of Cloud computing to offer improved public services (e-government) to citizens and business while reducing their costs. As an example, in an overview of their strategy for cloud computing, the UK Government says of their G-Cloud Programme;
“Cloud computing has brought about a step change in the economics and sustainability of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Government is committed to the adoption of cloud computing and delivering computing resources. The G-Cloud is an iterative programme of work to achieve this which will deliver fundamental changes in the way the public sector procures and operates ICT.”
According to the Cabinet Office, “the G-Cloud Programme’s core benefits are cost reduction, improved services, faster delivery and developing the sustainability agenda.” The G-Cloud approach is to create procurement frameworks of suppliers who can provide Cloud services, so that public sector organisations can get access to the services without having to do full and expensive OJEU procurements. So the cost savings and improvements in operational efficiency actually begin with the procurement process itself. Suppliers that successfully responded to an ITT (invitation to tender) for G-Cloud (including Thru) have already been invited to join the first framework. Services on offer will include infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and software as a service which includes email, customer relationship management, and office productivity solutions.
Thru is proud to have been selected to participate in the innovative G-Cloud programme and is ready to deliver our full range of cloud-based services and solutions to the public sector in the United Kingdom and across the globe.