The Crown Commercial Service in the UK has just finalized a public tender for a framework agreement called G-Cloud 5. cBrain has been appointed to the framework, which means that cBrain's F2 product is now available as software-as-a-service through the UK Government CloudStore, along with F2 implementation services and support.
Over 29,000 institutions, including all central Government departments, devolved administrations and local authorities in the UK are eligible to buy services on the CloudStore. cBrain's international growth plan is based on delivering the F2 product as a cloud service, and the appointment to the UK government G-Cloud framework agreement therefore represents an important international step for cBrain.
cBrain believes that cloud computing is becoming one of the most important technology trends for government organizations and that cloud computing will drive significant market changes. The UK G-cloud framework is very well designed for small and midsize companies (SMEs) who want to offer cloud services, and for a supplier based outside of the UK it is impressive to realise how SME-friendly and straightforward the UK procurement procedures work. The G-Cloud framework and the national CloudStore is therefore a highly motivating factor for cBrain to offers its services in the UK.
cBrain has therefore decided to further strengthen its efforts in the UK, as David Cotterill has joined cBrain as Director of Cloud Services. David Cotterill is based in the UK and will have a special focus on opening up the UK market for cBrain, using the G-Cloud framework.
David Cotterill joins cBrain from the Cabinet Office in London, where he was Deputy Director in charge of technology strategy in the UK reporting to the national CTO.
It is currently too early to judge if or when cBrain may be able to enter the UK market.
The appointment to the framework is subject to a standstill period that ends tonight.
About the F2 product
Developed in close collaboration with a number of Danish Ministries, the F2 suite represents a new model and software for paperless public administration.
Today ten Danish Ministries use F2 including the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently rolling out F2 for 2,000 employees globally at 100 locations. With F2 Ministries and Agencies can eliminate the use of paper and digitize their work flow, including case processing, ministerial submissions and parliamentary correspondence, collaboration, knowledge sharing, document management, archiving and records management. Now everyone in the organisation, including the Permanent Secretary and the Minister, has instant access to all formal and as informal documents and information, with secure mobile access from iPad/tablets and smart phones.
The F2 model runs on a 100% standard platform which is very flexible and can be configured to support organisations without any programming, and F2 can therefore be offered as a cloud service. Today, the Danish Agency for Governmental IT Services (part of the Ministry of Finance) offers F2 as a cloud service for government organisations. The F2 cloud enables fast and cost effective deployments with a typical implementation period of just a few months from start until all users have gone live.
Anne Dorthe Hermansen