The list produced by the Crown Commercial Service includes only those cloud based technology businesses which have been able to demonstrate that their product meets the stringent security standards and vigorous testing of this government procurement department and can therefore become approved suppliers to government departments and local authorities across the UK.
The framework has been designed to reduce public spending on IT projects and ensure that the government and public sector are no longer left with antiquated outdated systems.
It also allows government departments and local authorities to purchase solutions from the pre-tendered list of G-Cloud5 suppliers without the need for either party to undergo complex EU processes.
Tony Singleton, G-Cloud and digital commercial programme director at the Government Digital Service reiterated the importance of this framework to successfully drive digital innovation across the government and transform the way IT is both bought and consumed across the public sector. In his latest blog he says that this is by no means a job done but rather there is still much to be done to transform buyer and consumer habits across government departments and local authorities.
I think he may well have a point…..the latest figures released last week show that G-Cloud sales of £20 million were completed in April, making the total all-time spend £175 million. However, the figures also show that only £10.7 million of this figure was spending by local authorities, about 6% of the total, so definitely the framework has some way to go.
The great news from my perspective is that this list is increasing and even since October 2013 another 133 cloud based tech businesses have joined Kykloud and the other 998 businesses in the framework, which demonstrates the commitment and effort that the UK tech industry as a whole is making to ensure that cloud solutions and platforms are the safest and most secure options for customers.
Kykloud was and still remains the first cloud based technology provider in its field to be awarded the prestigious ISO/IEC 27001:2005 Security Certification (ISO 27001).
ISO 27001 is the internationally recognised standard for certifying that a provider’s Information Security Management System (ISMS) protects its information and data and that of its customers and we very much hope to see more cloud based providers, regardless of the field in which they operate, secure this standard as further evidence of the ongoing commitment the industry has made to the security of data and information.