In essence, G-Cloud 12 is a digital marketplace for public sector customers to buy innovative cloud-based solutions.
G-Cloud 12 is for Councils who want to buy cloud services from a digital catalogue where the suppliers and their products are compliant to government standards. Crown Commercial Services (CCS) provide this through their online digital catalogue – the Digital Marketplace.
Within the Digital Marketplace, Councils can find all the suppliers’ service information, including comprehensive service definitions, pricing documents and suppliers’ terms & conditions which enable them to evaluate the capabilities of the supplier.
The G-Cloud framework supports the Government’s Cloud First policy as a way to access and use cloud-based services in a flexible and agile way, buying only the services needed, when they are needed.
Ultimately, it is for Councils who do not want to go through the time and expense of full procurement for a cloud-based solution when they can instead jump to a mini competition or even place an order using G-Cloud 12.
More comprehensive public sector customer guidance can be found on the Crown Commercial Services website.
The G-Cloud framework facilitates the purchase of cloud-based services only. These services are ‘off the shelf’, many pay-as-you-go cloud solutions.
There are around 35,000 cloud services on the G-Cloud framework to choose from. They are divided into the following categories (lots):
All G-Cloud suppliers have:
Not recommended for:
When buying a solution remember to follow the six step buying process on the Digital Marketplace.
The Government’s G-Cloud buyers guide can be accessed here.
Of course, [ui] UrbanPulse, the premier smart city urban data platform can be found here on the digital marketplace.