Bracknell, 18th October 2013: Redwood Technologies has again been approved as a supplier of cloud-based services in the newest iteration of the UK Government’s G-Cloud tender, the G-Cloud 4.
The current year sees the programme expected to generate government savings of £40 million through sales in the centralised Application Store, as well as £60 million through data centre consolidation. The following year is forecast to generate double the amount of savings with £200 million predicted for 2014 to 2015.
The three previous realisations of the framework have so far hit £37,493,137 in sales excluding VAT. The overall trend is positive with June to August 2013 achieving roughly half of this figure, giving every indication that the project will continue its drive towards creating a successful business exchange and greater cloud adoption throughout the public sector.
This latest project specifically seeks to improve the clarity and ease of procuring cloud services for the public sector. Based on supplier feedback, it will include an improved invitation to tender (ITT) process and clearer instructions for new suppliers who want to submit their services to the programme. It will also introduce an eSourcing suite for regulatory guidance, and a Service Submission Portal for easy upload of documents to the CloudStore, ensuring that all suppliers pass compliance for document submission.
Redwood was approved for the framework in all three of its previous tender requests in February and October 2012 and May 2013, forming part of a select group of SaaS and Specialist Cloud Services providers. Redwood joins more than 250 suppliers listed on the store, including large system integrators such as HP, IBM and Fujitsu and many SMEs. Bids from big-name cloud players such as AWS and Google were reportedly rejected from the programme.
Through the G-Cloud portal, organisations such as the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Justice are able to search for IT services which are charged on a pay-per-usage basis, ultimately saving on CapEx investments demanded by traditionally sourced solutions.
Sean Taylor, Managing Director of Redwood, commented:
“We’re delighted to have been selected to join the G-cloud initiative for the fourth time running. The project has grown considerably in its year and a half lifespan as we see more organisations recognising the benefits of cloud delivery systems and making the switch. G-Cloud is the only government-run, publically accessible, searchable database of cloud services in Europe which makes it unique in the marketplace.
“The initiative has already saved the government millions whilst helping to improve quality of service for citizens across the UK, as well as facilitating a wider range of suppliers in providing solutions to government organisations. We anticipate that this trend will accelerate as cloud becomes increasingly mainstream over the coming years.”