The UK Government G-Cloud is an initiative targeted at making it easier for public sector bodies in departments of the United Kingdom Government to procure information technology services that use cloud computing. The G-Cloud includes an online store known as the Digital Marketplace, which allows public sector bodies to search for services that are covered by the G-Cloud frameworks.
The service began in 2012 and had several calls for contracts, with over 700 suppliers by May 2013. With the adoption of Cloud First policy in UK in 2014, the sales continued to grow, hitting over £50 million that year. These are based on procurement of 1,200 providers and 13,000 services, including both cloud services and professional specialist services.
CEO of the Sage Group, Stephen Kelly, is a champion of G-Cloud, previously worked for the United Kingdom Government. He joined the Cabinet Office in 2011 and worked under Francis Maude, whose signature policy had been G-Cloud.
During his time working with the government, Kelly negotiated new IT contracts worth millions of pounds with a number of digital technology heavyweights.
Alan Simpson, Executive Chairman of Datel, commented: “When I first met Stephen Kelly, he recommended that Sage partners should register on G-Cloud as this will become the primary route for government organisations to review and procure IT systems. Datel’s entry on G-Cloud clearly explains our offering, including our pricing and contractual terms.
“By browsing G-Cloud entries online, our new customer was able to review seven different finance systems before selecting Sage X3 to be the best and most affordable software to suit their needs. Sage X3 had the essential integration capabilities they were looking for.
“Our new customer definitely found G-Cloud to be an efficient vehicle to source their new finance system, and, in line with the government's directive, we would recommend that government bodies consult this verified platform when choosing their IT systems.”