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Simon Tobias: 1.5 minute read

OLM secures place on the G-Cloud 11 Framework

The UK Government G-Cloud Framework is an initiative targeted at easing procurement by public-sector bodies in departments of the United Kingdom Government of information technology services that use Cloud computing.

It is a catalogue of services where the basic terms have already been agreed between the government and suppliers. This means buyers can buy services without running a full OJEU procurement each time. Since its inception, it has generated sales of 4 billion pounds.

The development of Cloud computing has caused a significant change in the way information systems can be delivered. Given this, the UK Government initiated the G-Cloud programme of work to deliver computing-based capability (from fundamental resources such as storage and processing to full-fledged applications) using Cloud computing.

A framework designed for the Cloud

G-Cloud established framework agreements with a large number of service providers; and lists those services on a publicly accessible portal known as the Digital Marketplace.

This saves time for Public Sector organisations, as they can pull off the services listed without needing to go through a full tender process. The Government Digital Service run the G-Cloud Framework and understand the nature of software, with the framework providing clarity around the types of Cloud available to the customer. This is important as not all Cloud services are the same and have varying benefits for the customer.

Cloud-First / Public Cloud

Since 2013, The Government has had a Cloud-first policy otherwise known as the public Cloud. This policy recommends that the public sector initially looks at Cloud-first technologies. The policy has seen the greatest impact in central government where it is mandated to use Cloud-First technology. This is due to the cost efficiencies and performance improvements of Cloud-based technology.

Since the beginnings of the G-Cloud, strategies have matured, with Public Sector IT chiefs often citing the policy as being instrumental in helping secure buy-in from their senior leadership teams for any digital transformation plans they are considering.

An agile framework built to support the nature of cloud-based technology

The nature of modern Cloud technology is that it is built with agile processes, with regular updates to a supplier’s offer occurring. To enable suppliers to update their solutions and customers to benefit from the latest innovations the G-Cloud Framework is updated every 6-9 months. Traditional 5-year frameworks focus on operational capability rather than product functionality because they know that software can change dramatically over this period. Traditional frameworks often require the buyer to produce a specification of their requirements that a supplier must answer. G-Cloud, on the other hand, is designed to enable public services to directly award without further specifications, therefore regular updates to the solution overview were deemed essential.

Our offerings on G-Cloud cover Cloud software such as our ECLIPSE platform, in addition to supporting Cloud services such as the Data Security and Protection Toolkit and Cyber Essentials Audits.

If you are a UK public services organisation interested in procuring our software and services through G-Cloud or the DAS framework RM3821, then we are here to help. Please contact us at hello@olmsystems.com.