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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector helps government, education, and nonprofit customers deploy cloud services to reduce costs, drive efficiencies, and increase innovation across the globe. AWS provides trusted, cloud-based solutions to help you meet your mission. Citizens, students, and government are more involved than ever in driving innovative change. Whether it is for development and testing, enterprise applications, high-performance computing, storage, backup and archiving, disaster recovery, web, mobile, and social apps, virtual desktops, or data center migrations, government agencies, education institutions, and nonprofits are using AWS to help achieve their missions. Running your solutions in the AWS Cloud can help you get your applications up and running faster while providing the same level of security that organizations like Notre Dame, City of McKinney, and the US Navy rely on. In order to provide end-to-end security and end-to-end privacy, AWS builds services to comply with the strictest security and privacy standards, follows security best practices, provides appropriate security features in those services, and documents how to use those features. The AWS Cloud makes a broad set of services, partners, and support options easily available to help make sure that you can focus on what will make your solution a success. And the AWS cloud is uniquely positioned to provide scalable cost-efficient solutions for public sector customers to find ways cloud services can be deployed to meet mandates and increase collaboration across agencies and organizations. Making the journey to the cloud as easy for our customers as possible, AWS provides cloud services through a pay-as-you-go model, delivering access to technology resources that are managed by experts. Simply access AWS services over the internet, with no upfront costs (no capital investment), and pay only for the computing resources that you use, as your needs scale. By using AWS’s inexpensive and highly scalable infrastructure technology, organizations around the world can stop paying for computing power they aren’t using – and get more mission for their money. AWS has dedicated teams committed to helping public sector organizations of all sizes use AWS to pave the way for innovation and, ultimately, make the world a better place through technology. The AWS Partner Network is made up of a strong and growing community of companies that offer a wide range of products and services on the AWS platform to address virtually any use case.  Learn more about AWS in the public sector and how to get started here: https://aws.amazon.com/government-education/government-uk/    

Award of HSCN and PSN services – Yorkshire and Humber Region

Redcentric have been confirmed as the preferred supplier for Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and Public Services Network (PSN) services to the Yorkshire and Humber region. Redcentric will connect some 65 public sector organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber region, including local authorities, emergency services, transport and health sectors, in a drive to reduce costs and enable more efficient and integrated delivery of services.

The arrangement will connect public sector organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber region, reducing costs and enabling more efficient and integrated delivery of services. The framework agreement covers local authorities, emergency services, transport and health sectors and will include connectivity to the new Health and Social Care Network and Public Services Network. A total of 65 organisations will be able to connect up to 3,000 of their sites, rationalise their existing infrastructure and achieve significant savings by doing so.

Chris Jagusz, Chief Executive of Redcentric plc said, “We are proud to have been awarded this framework, it is a great example of a flexible and collaborative partnership between public and private sectors. It also demonstrates Redcentric’s credentials as a trusted and reliable technology partner.”

For more information visit Redcentric’s website

CCS to go ahead with Digital Outcomes and Specialists this year

Following the news that G-Cloud 10 will open for bids in April, it has now been revealed that the Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework will also be refreshed in 2018.

CCS plans to open Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 for bids in July, with an anticipated go-live date in September.

Digital Outcomes and Specialists helps the public sector to find suppliers that can research, design, build, test and deliver software applications and digital services. Since its launch at the end of April 2016, over 1,850 opportunities for suppliers to do business with the public sector, have been published on the Digital Marketplace.

Niall Quinn, Director, Technology Strategic Category for CCS says: “We have listened to feedback from suppliers and customers and decided to go ahead with re-letting Digital Outcomes and Specialists in line with our original timescales. This will give customers access to the very latest services, and ensures that current suppliers and new bidders, including smaller businesses, have the chance to work with the public sector.”

Almost £280m has been spent through the framework since its inception, with over £100m going to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The current version of the framework has 2,018 suppliers, with 94% of them SMEs.

The Digital Outcomes and Specialists, G-Cloud and Crown Hosting Data Centres frameworks, are accessed through the Digital Marketplace – created in 2014 by Government Digital Service in collaboration with the Crown Commercial Service to make government procurement easier, faster and more transparent.

To find out more about Digital Outcomes and Specialists, visit the Digital Marketplace.

Government spend on digital services passes £3bn mark

The Government and other public sector organisations have spent more than £3.2bn on digital, data and technology services since 2012, it has been announced.

Thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now signed up to provide their digital, data and technology services to government, and public bodies are utilising their expertise to drive the UK’s digital transformation.

And this quarter’s newly published sales data shows that we’re having an impact, with sales reaching £3.2 billion, with 48% of this being spent on SMEs. This means that £1.43 out of every £3 is going to SMEs.

The latest figures arrive not long after the 3rd birthday of the Digital Marketplace – created in 2014 by Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and Government Digital Service (GDS) to make government procurement easier and more transparent.

The platform hosts CCS frameworks including G-Cloud, Digital Outcomes and Specialists and Crown Hosting Data Centres.

Niall Quinn, Director, Technology Strategic Category for CCS says:

In the three years since Digital Marketplace was launched, we have overhauled the public sector procurement landscape, harnessing the expertise of innovative companies and giving thousands of SMEs the opportunity to supply to government for the first time. We’re now planning the next steps of our journey, making the platform and processes more commercial, more flexible and better tailored to the needs of users – both buyers and suppliers.

Warren Smith, Director, Digital Marketplace says:

We’ve started to bring the tools, techniques, technologies and culture of the internet to public procurement and contracting. What we’ve achieved so far is testament to an amazing team and the importance of user-centred, design-led, data-driven and open approaches, but we’ve only scratched the surface. The next 3 years, to 2020, will see a step-change where these approaches are mainstreamed across government.

In 2016/17 frameworks available through the Digital Marketplace contributed towards CCS delivering £725 million in savings including commercial benefits for taxpayers.

The Digital Marketplace website recorded over 1 million visits in 2017, compared to the same number in the whole of the preceding two years.

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