SEAtS Software has again been awarded a place on the G-Cloud procurement framework, now in its 12th iteration.
G-Cloud is a government initiative which aims to make it easier for government bodies to buy cloud-based services, acting as a government-sanctioned marketplace. SEAtS was chosen as it met stringent standards of high quality, credibility and experience.
The primary goal of G-Cloud 12 is to provide public sector organisations with the opportunity to buy cloud services without needing to run a full tender or competition procurement process.
G-Cloud 12 is important for small and medium-sized enterprises like SEAtS as it asks suppliers what they can offer rather than how they can meet a brief which encourages innovation.
Since 2012, more than £3 billion of cloud and digital services have been procured by public bodies through G-Cloud, with 48% of that spend going directly to SMEs.
Higher Education Institutions are subject to public standards of accountability. Basic procurement regulations ensure that money is spent in a way that is fair, open and good value for money. The tendering process can lead to a “race to the bottom” where price is put before quality; leading to inefficiencies and failed ICT implementation because the winning bid is simply unable to deliver on the cheapest price. The commonly used lowest price tendering approach can seriously damage software implementation and damage reputation.
SEAtS Software are delighted to be a part of a government initiative that aims to improve public procurement efficiency, and cost management.