Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 09, 2011 -- Technology integrator SCC has called upon public sector organisations to consider whether they should position themselves as a consumer or a supplier in the IT procurement framework.
With many local authorities and health providers preparing to engage with the evolving Public Service Network and G-Cloud, Europe's largest independent technology solutions provider has urged public sector CIOs to embrace the possibilities offered by the central component of the government's ICT strategy. The company says that in addition to enabling major savings, the nascent system could also provide organisations with the opportunity to create a new revenue stream by using the network to sell best-of-breed services.
"There are many questions surrounding the advent of cloud computing in the public sector, and one of the biggest is; are you a consumer or are you a supplier? While the main focus has been on the G-Cloud's capacity to help organisations procure IT in a faster, cheaper and more efficient manner, if you've developed systems or software that are particularly effective, then there is an opportunity to sell these across the Public Service Network," said Tracy Westall, UK Public Sector Director at SCC (http://www.scc.com/news/about-us/are-you-a-consumer-or-a-supplier?from=1).
"Viewed from the correct perspective, this is an ideal opportunity for publicly accountable organisations to meet their budgetary targets, improve their technology and find new ways to generate revenues."
According to SCC, taking a strategic approach to the G-Cloud could provide a rare opportunity for the public sector to meet a variety of challenges. Despite being under pressure to cut their carbon footprint, provide a modernised IT infrastructure capable of meeting the demands of modern computing and hit the government spending review's tough financial targets, organisations could find solutions to the majority of their operational issues by exploiting the service's benefits.
Westall added: "Far from presenting fresh challenges, the advent of the G-Cloud is handing the public sector an opportunity to deal with a wide variety of the difficulties currently facing them. Whether it be meeting European environmental targets, coming to terms with the consumerisation of IT or creating a whole new income stream by marketing the services they do well, the cloud holds many of the answers."
Notes to editor
SCC is Europe's largest independent technology solutions provider around the infrastructure, and is part of Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) plc. The Group has regional operations in five different countries, employs over 7,000 professional staff and has delivered sustained, profitable growth for some 35 years, with annual turnover exceeding £2.25 billion.
Long term partnerships with the world's leading solutions providers combine with SCC's services capabilities to create a rapid return on an investment in IT. It has an enviable track record of successfully helping European-based companies and Government organisations better manage their technology infrastructure, remove cost and create business advantage.
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