FDM’s Hybrid Mail Software is approved for the G-Cloud Framework second year running
FDM plc are delighted to announce that our Hybrid Mail Software, Hi-mail, has been accepted onto the governments G-cloud 11 framework for cloud-based software providers.
Our clients can continue to reap the benefits of this framework to access our hybrid mail services without the need for a lengthy procurement exercise.
Hybrid Mail and Hi-mail
This OJEU compliant framework offers our customers the opportunity to join other government clients by easily accessing our hybrid mail software. With no set-up costs for our services, Hi-mail®, allows you to print & post all of your documents directly from your PC, Laptop, Smartphone or Tablet for up to 70% less than your existing print and postage costs. This can be utilised as a proof of concept for the immediate savings and benefits that can be realised by using our Hybrid Mail Solution.
About the G-Cloud Framework
Public sector organisations, including agencies and arm’s length bodies, can use the Digital Marketplace to find cloud services, specialists who can work on digital projects and physical data-centre space. There are over 20,000 cloud services on the G-Cloud framework, divided into the following categories (lots):
- cloud hosting – platform or infrastructure services for processing and storing data, running software or networking. For example, content delivery networks or load balancing services
- cloud software – applications that are accessed over the internet and hosted in the cloud. For example, accounting tools or customer service management software
- cloud support – services to help you set up and maintain your cloud software or hosting services. For example, migration services or ongoing support
The UK Government G-Cloud is an initiative targeted at easing procurement by public-sector bodies in departments of the United Kingdom Government of commodity information technology services that use cloud computing. The G-Cloud consists of:
- A series of framework agreements with suppliers, from which public sector organisations can buy services without needing to run a full tender or competition procurement process
- An online store – the “Digital Marketplace” (previously “CloudStore”) that allows public sector bodies to search for services that are covered by the G-Cloud frameworks
The service began in 2012, and had several calls for contracts. By May 2013 there were over 700 suppliers—over 80% of which were small and medium enterprises. £18.2 million (US$27.7 million) of sales were made by April 2013. With the adoption of Cloud First policy in UK in late February 2014 the sales have continued to grow, reportedly hitting over £50M in February 2014. These are based on procurement of some 1,200 providers and 13,000 services, including both cloud services and (professional) specialist services as of November 2013.
Cloud computing caused a significant change in the way information systems can be delivered. Given this, the UK Government initiated the G-Cloud programme of work to deliver computing based capability (from fundamental resources such as storage and processing to full-fledged applications) using cloud computing.
G-Cloud established framework agreements with a large number of service providers; and lists those services on a publicly accessible portal known as the Digital Marketplace. Public Sector organisations can call off the services listed on the Digital Marketplace without needing to go through a full tender process.