GCI secures position on G-Cloud 8
12 September 2016
The procurement framework was established to simplify the public sector’s move to cloud services and ensure best value from suppliers.
GCI’s expanded range of familiar and new services available through G-Cloud further strengthens its expertise in transforming public sector services with the introduction of flexible, secure, cost-efficient and highly-resilient cloud technologies.
G-Cloud started in 2012 and is an initiative of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), forming a major part of the Government’s Digital Marketplace. CCS was formed to improve the quality of commercial and procurement activity across the UK public sector and deliver savings for the taxpayer as Government services are transformed. G-Cloud is one of the foundation blocks enabling that transformation and facilitating the drive for increased efficiency.
GCI’s offerings via G-Cloud embrace a growing breadth of services across the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Specialist Cloud Services (SCS) lots on the framework.
Newly-listed services bring additional capability and will enable public sector bodies to take advantage of hybrid cloud models and access the full suite of GCI’s cloud-based unified communications(UC), compute and storage services.
These include Skype for Business, Microsoft Office 365, Contact Centre, end-to-end cloud migration services and GCI’s highly-resilient, enterprise-grade UK secure IaaS solution.
Another new addition is Microsoft Azure virtual machines that allow organisations to take advantage of public cloud, quickly test and deploy applications and flexibly meet changing storage and disaster recovery requirements.
In opening up the Digital Marketplace to SME cloud providers, G-Cloud has gone a long way to driving competition and innovation in public sector IT procurement, delivering better value for taxpayers’ money and improved services.
Jon Seddon, Head of Product at GCI, said: “We are delighted to have secured such a strong position on G-Cloud 8 that enables us to offer an even greater breadth of services on both private and public clouds, backed by UK-based support across all platforms.
“Our adherence to cloud security principles and ongoing investment in ISO 27001 and 9001 means that we are capable of holding data at OFFICIAL and OFFICIAL SENSITIVE levels, meeting the added security sensitivities of the public sector.
Mike Ayres, Chief Commercial Officer at GCI, said: “The public sector is making good headway in its move to cloud services, helped in no small part by procurement frameworks like G-Cloud. At the last count, the framework had amassed more than £1.2bn in sales since it was established in April 2012, which is a significant achievement.
“There is, however, work to be done to accelerate the public sector’s move to cloud and attract innovative new suppliers like GCI to the market. We see our market-leading Skype for Business capabilities as being a key enabler to help the public sector achieve budget reductions, while enabling better and more efficient delivery of services through agile working in a utility based cloud services model.
“We are therefore very pleased to have been accepted on to the latest iteration of G-Cloud, a framework we are fully committed to and which we believe offers an increasingly important flow of revenue opportunities.
“It is particularly gratifying that GCI has been able to quickly build on the earlier position enjoyed by Outsourcery, prior to our acquisition of its assets. This is another great example of the synergy benefits and accelerated growth that the acquisition has delivered.”
The benefits that can be delivered by use of G-Cloud are evidenced by a growing range of public sector clients such as Berkshire Healthcare.
Mark Davison, Director of IM&T at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Using the G-Cloud gave us access to a much broader range of suppliers that we would not have considered had we followed previous procurement approaches outside the framework.
“The highly resilient Microsoft Lync / Skype for Business service, installed across two datacentres for instant messaging, presence and audio/video conferencing, enabled collaboration across the Trust, increasing productivity and reducing costs.”