These are exciting times. As you’ll see from today’s news, we’ve become the first UK provider to receive Pan Government Accreditation for our new Cloud service, Sentinel by SCC, the cornerstone of OptimiseCloud™.

The deal represents a significant landmark in SCC’s strategy to provide G-Cloud services as part of the Government’s drive for faster and more cost effective IT. We’ve invested £25 million in the award-winning data centre that will underpin the service, and the announcement is an important breakthrough in the move towards greater use of cloud services in the UK public sector.

The news comes against a backdrop where past government computing projects have been widely criticised for a litany of failures and overruns. At the same time, pressure to develop more efficient, service-focused operations has increased dramatically over the course of the economic downturn.

The accreditation of the Sentinel by SCC platform is a key landmark in the ongoing attempt to address those issues. Giving government bodies the opportunity to access the latest available market solutions on demand, without committing to long-term contracts or seven-figure expenditures, the move is widely regarded as heralding a sea-change in the way the public sector buys and manages IT.

There are huge advantages to this scheme. Not only is there a compelling business case in terms of the potential cost savings, but customers can also scale up or down very quickly according to their needs at any one time – meaning organisations can plan ahead with much greater certainty in terms of capital outlay.

It has been a long time coming, but today the public sector takes a major step towards accessing the technologies that will help them work faster, better and more cost-effectively. Generating savings on their IT costs of up to 15%, it’s a move that leaves them free to focus on delivering a new generation of leaner, more efficient public services, and we’re proud to be part of that effort.

Click here to go to the press release about SCC’s OptimiseCloud™ platform. The first service rubber stamped as G-Cloud security accredited.

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