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G-Cloud – why being certified matters

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G-Cloud has substantial benefits for both providers and customers looking to buy services. For vendors the benefit is clear – to be awarded as an official supplier for G-Cloud demonstrates that the company has met the standards laid out in the G-Cloud framework and it is compliant with these standards.

New players ally to G-Cloud 7 amid accusations of anti-cloud behaviour

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A number of new service providers have announced their participation in the latest iteration of the UK’s government computing services framework, G-Cloud 7.

G-Cloud: Much has been achieved, but the programme still needs work

The UK government is ahead of the curve in cloud, but work still needs doing

Thanks to G-Cloud, the once stagnant public sector IT marketplace that was dominated by a small number of large incumbent providers, is thriving. More and more SMEs are listing their assured cloud services on the framework, which is driving further competition and forcing down costs for public sector organisations, ultimately benefitting each and every UK tax payer.  But the programme still needs work.

G-Cloud director Tony Singleton: ‘G-Cloud saves £23k in admin alone’

Tony Singleton spoke to attendees at the Cloud Expo conference in London this week

G-Cloud has the potential to offer savings of up to 50 per cent on a like for like procurement and around £23,000 in admin costs alone, said Government Digital Services director and head of the G-Cloud programme Tony Singleton.

Databarracks: 2015 a ‘make or break’ year for G-Cloud

The UK government is ahead of the curve in pushing cloud-first in the public sector. But will that remain the case?

G-Cloud sales are likely to peak above £350m before the year is out, but 2015, which will see the launch of the sixth iteration of the UK government’s cloud services procurement framework, will be a ‘make or break’ year for the ambitious government programme according to Databarracks managing director Peter Groucutt.

G-Cloud rises above EMEA gov cloud initiatives, but for how long?

The UK government is ahead of the curve in pushing cloud-first in the public sector. But will that remain the case?

The UK government is “ahead of the curve” when it comes to cloud adoption and streamlining digital service procurement practices across the public sector, according to recently published research from IDC. But Massimiliano Claps, research director at IDC Government Insights told BCN that while the UK government has taken strides to refine the procurement and certification process for G-Cloud, it’s unclear whether the moves will make buyers’ lives easier.

UK government Digital Marketplace moves into beta

The UK government hopes the Digital Marketplace will make it easier for the public sector to buy digital services

The UK government’s Digital Marketplace, which replaces the Cloud Store for buying cloud services in the public sector, is now in beta and fully accessible.

Contrary to popular belief, G-Cloud awareness is soaring

A recently published survey suggests G-Cloud is continuing to gain traction

A broad survey of UK public servants published Tuesday suggests a majority are still unaware of the UK Government’s G-Cloud initiative despite a series of high-profile deployments and combined sales of close to £250m. But some cloud service vendors believe the survey results suggest GDS’s efforts to make the cloud procurement programme more visible are paying off.

Bristol taps Eduserv in £1.5m G-Cloud deal

Bristol City Council is moving most of its IT estate to the cloud as it consolidates offices

Bristol City Council has selected Eduesrv’s managed cloud services as part of a council-wide building consolidation effort. The deal, worth an estimated £1.5m over two years, will help support a massive cost savings programme currently underway at the Council according to Steven Pendleton, service manager commissioning and supplier relationship management at Bristol City Council.

Lack of clarity and guidance hindering G-Cloud adoption, supplier claims

Groucutt: 'Local government lacks the resource to keep up with constant changes to G-Cloud'

The lack of guidance and clarity surrounding the new G-Cloud Security Approach and the recently changed Government Security Classifications will likely further hinder adoption of cloud services in the UK public sector, according to Databarracks, a G-Cloud supplier.

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