Staffordshire makes first purchase through CloudStore
Council acquires IL2 hosting for social care project
Staffordshire County Council has made its first purchase through the CloudStore to acquire IL2 hosting.
The CloudStore is an online catalogue of off-the-shelf IT products and services available for the public sector procurement, set up by the government's G-Cloud programme.
According to the provider, Memset, Staffordshire County Council has initially paid for three months of hosting, which will then roll onto the standard terms for a monthly contract.
The purchase was made as a result of an "immediate and short-term requirement for secure yet flexible hosting to roll out one of its social care projects".
Speaking to Government Computing, the council's CIO, Sander Kristel, said, "We saw an immediate opportunity to help some of our social care customers and we needed some secure hosting for that straight away.
"Obviously we could have come up with our own internal solution but we saw it as an ideal opportunity to avoid using some of the resources we'd have needed to use and to test procurement through the CloudStore. We saw it as a chance for us to dip our toe in the water.
"We were interested in the G-Cloud programme and keen to start using it. One of the big constraints of public sector IT has traditionally been that it can be difficult to be agile and flexible, especially with procurement, because of rules, regulations and so on.
"But through G-Cloud, the whole procurement process- deciding what was required, choosing the supplier- was basically done in a day," he added.
When asked if the council plans to procure through the CloudStore again, Kristel said, "The answer is definitely going to be yes. Of course it has to be applicable and appropriate- because some stuff we can still do cost-effectively internally, especially for larger requirements, but for something we need quickly and don't have the resources for immediately, and for services we share with others, we will definitely now look at G-Cloud first."
Commenting on the acquisition, Kate Craig-Wood, managing director of Memset, said, "We're delighted that Staffordshire County Council has come to us for this project, making them our first local government G-Cloud win. It is likely to be a great example of cloud's cost-saving pay-as-you-use model."