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October 30, 2012
U.K. Government Joins List of Salesforce.com Customers through the G-Cloud CloudStore
By David Gitonga, TMCnet Contributing Writer
U.K. public sector organizations can now procure Salesforce.com cloud computing applications and platforms through the G-Cloud after the company announced its move to join the U.K. Government’s G-Cloud framework.
The move makes it easier for organizations to leverage the platform and create innovation and transformation for the social era, and has received many comments from the public.
The G-Cloud framework underpins a Cloud-First approach of the U.K. Government that mainly changes how the country’s public sector procures and manages information technology to improve services and work more efficiently for the public.
By keeping a catalogued list of suppliers, the framework simplifies the procurement process, making the accessing of approved cloud services a walk in the park. With public sector organizations in the region seeking to change the services offered in the local, public and central government scenarios, the move by Salesforce.com (News - Alert) is a timely savior.
With Salesforce.com in the G-Cloud framework, the public sector and the U.K. Government now have the opportunity to terminate the archaic era of IT projects lagging behind budget and time span deadlines, which is definitely good news for the diligent U.K. taxpayers.
According to Vivek Kundra, Salesforce.com executive vice president for emerging markets, the G-Cloud gives an innovative path that evidences the unstoppable rollout of cloud computing in governments around the world.
He believes record government deficits, failed IT programs and poor innovation in the public sector will soon be outdated.
But the U.K. is not the first ever government to turn to Salesforce.com for such a solution. The company has connected with a number of governments worldwide to streamline internal processes, engage the public via social networking and collaborate across departments within governments.
Governments collaborating with Salesforce.com have the opportunity to deploy social and mobile cloud computing solutions to realize instant value and blow up barriers to innovation, eliminating non-resourceful IT spending.
Some of the Salesforce.com’s government customers include Royal Borough of Windsor, Japan Post and NASA in the U.S. All these government agencies use Salesforce.com to connect civilians, civil service employees and agencies in new innovative ways.
Edited by Braden Becker
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