Capgemini UK plc has signed a framework agreement with the Government Procurement Service (GPS) for the provision of cloud computing services and a range of expert services to support and speed the adoption of new cloud computing techniques across the UK public sector. Cloud computing, which delivers IT services on a pay-per-use basis, is seen as a key plank of the Government’s aim to cut the public sector’s £16 billion annual IT spend by £3.2 billion by 2013/14. The Government has stated that it wants cloud computing to account for 50 per cent of its new IT spending by 2015.
Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, and employs around 8,000 people in the UK.
Capgemini was selected for the core Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) part of the framework agreement and for Specialist Cloud Services, which include business analysis, design, business change management, project management, staff training and data security. IaaS comprises the provision of computer processing power and data storage bought in as online resources, with public sector bodies having access to remote servers to store and process data.
The Government intends the G-Cloud to provide a faster and safer entry into cloud computing for the entire UK public sector, including central government departments, local councils, schools and universities, health and police authorities, the BBC and other public bodies. The benefits of cloud computing are seen as lower costs as a result of pay-per-use, greater flexibility with less need for high upfront investment, reduced need for protracted contract terms, and a higher level of innovation.
Capgemini believes that the key reason for its selection by GPS was its proven ability to offer a complete end-to-end solution in the cloud computing space, from initial concept through to full realisation of benefits.
Jonathan Mills, Director of Local Public Services at Capgemini UK said: “This contract is an important endorsement of our strategy to be an end-to-end provider, reducing the risk and accelerating the successful deployment of cloud for our customers. With this framework taking shape, the Government is opening the door to a new era of low-cost, high-flexibility computing for the UK public sector, and we are naturally delighted to be selected right at the start of this important development. We were able to demonstrate a track record of success in cloud computing projects for specific UK public and private sector organisations, supported by the international experience and resources we can offer as a global company. We now look forward to harnessing those strengths to the benefit of the UK public sector as a whole.”
The successful Capgemini tender included a strong focus on its new Merlin data centre in Swindon which has won global recognition for outstanding sustainability, and on its Toltec, Bristol, data centre which was recently re-engineered to similar standards. Both centres have won the highest levels of certification to international standards for performance, resilience and security including ISO and EU accreditation.
Another important factor in Capgemini’s G-Cloud proposal was its network of commercially proven alliances with global leaders and specialist niche vendors in both hardware and software for the cloud computing field including Amazon, Drupal, EMC, HP, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and salesforce.com.
With around 120,000 people in 40 countries, Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The Group reported 2011 global revenues of EUR 9.7 billion. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM, and draws on Rightshore ®, its worldwide delivery model.
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