Following the successful launch of our public sector open source campaign back in September, we have since been involved in a range of events and activities to build confidence in open source.
We exhibited at Think G Cloud in October, which featured a jam packed day of keynote, workshops and interactive sessions shining the spotlight on the G Cloud procurement framework. Peter Edwards, Digital Manager at the British Council spoke on the Q & A Panel for suppliers and buyers, sharing his experiences of procurement via the G Cloud framework.
We met a wide range of public sector organisations who were fact finding on open source and our pocket guides went down a treat.
Last week we exhibited at the PSEICT conference, the focus of the event was the drive to deliver around £1.4bn of savings within the next 4 years and help deliver better public services digitally. Once again, Peter Edwards contributed to the plenary session, sharing his experiences of procuring open source and performance related outcomes.
Whilst on our travels, we learnt that we had been accepted onto the second stage of the G Cloud framework as an accredited supplier in three categories - platform as a service (Paas), software as a service (Saas) and specialist cloud services - and will be added to the CloudStore database, which allows public sector procurement managers to search for relevant suppliers against specific criteria. This is great news for us and our clients as we can engage directly with buyers who were previously restricted to buying from closed procurement frameworks.
We will finish our roadshow at Business Cloud Summit on Thursday 29th November in London, with a focus on how the G-Cloud framework can help revolutionise public sector ICT and the delivery of essential services. If you would like to attend, we have some complimentary passes so please get in touch, For more information on the event, visit the official website. http://www.businesscloudsummit.com/ (Which coincidently, is a lovely little website built using Drupal!)