Digital Marketplace

Digital services for local authorities, central government, NHS, emergency services, charities and educational institutions

About the G-Cloud Framework

Launched in February 2012, the G-Cloud framework is part of the government’s ICT strategy to deliver savings and an IT system fit for the 21st century. The Government aim is that purchasing services from G-Cloud is quicker, easier, cheaper and more transparent for the public sector and suppliers alike than traditional procurement routes.

Frameworks are pre-tendered which means that suppliers have undergone a procurement process which for G-Cloud means they have signed up to the G-Cloud framework terms and conditions. This pre tendering is aimed at reducing the administrative burden on buying organisations. G-Cloud differs slightly from a traditional framework in that the customer is free to select from a vast range of suppliers and can run their own mini competitions using the information on the digital marketplace. This pre-tendering combined with the marketplace information aims to increase competitions and reduce the cost of procurement.

G-Cloud Contracts

G-Cloud contracts can run for a maximum of 24 months with the limit purposefully set by to encourage buyers to regularly go to market to get best value. As of March 2015 over 700 public sector organisations had undertaken over 31,000 procurements totalling £467m through G-Cloud with the largest single transaction greater than £1.6m.

G-Cloud is refreshed every 3-6 months so suppliers can add new services and the catalogue of services and prices is up to date. The services provided are divided into four lots which can be searched through the Digital Marketplace.

These lots are:

  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) The provisioning of computing services processing, storage, memory etcetera. for users to run arbitrary software.
  • Platform as a service (PaaS) Provisioning of platform services such as databases, web servers etcetera. to enable users to deploy user-developed or owned applications.
  • Software as a service (SaaS) provisioning of the supplier applications as a cloud service.
  • Specialist Cloud Services (SCS) consultancy services related to the provision of cloud services.

UK Digital Marketplace

LHIS provides a full portfolio of products and services on the G-Cloud framework which can be accessed by Central Government, Local Government, Health and industry, including the Home office, DWP via the Digital Marketplace.

Although LHIS is hosted by a Healthcare provider (Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust) it has a proven track record of supporting public sector organisations outside of Healthcare including both Central and Local Government. LHIS combines skilled resources with over 30 years of delivery, training and consultancy experience supporting our philosophy of building mutually beneficial long term relationships.

G-Cloud allows public sector bodies to review and compare LHIS offerings against the marketplace and then pay for services as they are used. The framework is open to all government departments, devolved administrations, local authorities, wider public sector bodies and arm’s length bodies. LHIS has offerings in all four G-Cloud lots:

  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
  • Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS); and
  • Specialist Cloud Services (SCS)

The range of offerings includes hosting solutions, software applications, VoIP telephony, technical assurance, collaboration tools, training, project management and consultancy services.

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