Unlocking G-Cloud 14 for public sector innovation

Posted by Adrian Walker on May 28, 2024 11:15:00 AM

The public sector’s reliance on cloud-based technology continues to grow. G-Cloud, a framework established by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), plays a vital role by streamlining public sector procurement for cloud services.

As we transition from G-Cloud 13 to G-Cloud 14, it’s crucial to understand the key differences and how these changes benefit your organisation.


What is G-Cloud?

G-Cloud is a framework agreement that facilitates the procurement of cloud services for the UK public sector. It acts as a central marketplace where pre-qualified cloud service providers (CSPs) list their offerings under various categories, known as Lots.

Public sector buyers can then browse, compare and directly purchase services that meet their specific needs through a simplified procurement process.

Understanding G-Cloud 13

Launched in 2022, G-Cloud 13 brought significant improvements to the framework. It introduced a new platform, the Public Procurement Gateway (PPG), replacing the Digital Marketplace.

This change streamlined processes and offered a more user-friendly experience for buyers and suppliers. G-Cloud 13 continued to focus on core cloud services, such as:

  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

It provided a clear and efficient route for public sector bodies to access these essential services from a vast pool of pre-approved suppliers.

How is G-Cloud 14 different from G-Cloud 13?

G-Cloud 14, scheduled to replace G-Cloud 13, signifies a commitment to continuous framework improvement. Here is a breakdown of some of the key enhancements you’ll see with this new framework:

Expanded scope

G-Cloud 14 broadens the range of available services. While still encompassing SaaS, PaaS and IaaS, it now welcomes specialist cloud services. This caters to the growing demand for niche solutions within the public sector, allowing for a wider variety of suppliers and a more comprehensive offering for government bodies.

Enhanced transparency

It emphasises a higher transparency level. G-Cloud 14 will require suppliers to provide more detailed information about their products and services, specifically how they meet stringent security standards. This empowers buyers with greater clarity and empowers them to make informed decisions.

A voice for users

G-Cloud 14 introduces a new feedback mechanism for users. Unlike its predecessor, it allows users to rate and review services. This valuable feedback benefits buyers and suppliers by:

  • Provides buyers with insights into product and service effectiveness
  • Suppliers can leverage positive reviews to strengthen their market position

Extended contracts

Recognising the value of long-term projects, G-Cloud 14 increases the maximum contract length from 24 months to 36 months for certain services. This fosters greater stability and continuity for projects with extended timelines.

Ascertia: Aligning with G-Cloud 14’s values

As a leading provider of cloud solutions, Ascertia’s firmly aligns with the core values and objectives of G-Cloud 14. Here’s how:

  • Security first – Security is paramount at Ascertia. We understand the sensitive nature of public sector data and implement the highest security standards across our products and services. We actively participate in independent security audits and adhere to the most stringent compliance frameworks. Our commitment to security mirrors G-Cloud 14’s focus on transparency and robust security measures.
  • Client-centric approach – At Ascertia, we prioritise building strong client relationships and delivering exceptional service. We believe in open communication and work collaboratively with our clients to understand their specific needs and tailor solutions accordingly. This aligns perfectly with G-Cloud 14’s emphasis on user feedback and ensuring public sector bodies make informed purchasing decisions.
  • Innovation at our core – Ascertia is dedicated to continuous innovation. We invest heavily in research and development to ensure our cloud solutions remain at the forefront of technological advancement. This aligns with G-Cloud 14’s commitment to evolving the framework to cater to the public sector’s ever-changing needs.
  • Specialisation and expertise – We recognise the growing demand for specialised cloud services within the public sector. We offer a diverse portfolio of solutions, catering to various departmental requirements. This aligns with G-Cloud 14’s expanded scope, allowing us to contribute to a wider range of public sector cloud projects.

A brighter future for public sector procurement

The transition from G-Cloud 13 to G-Cloud 14 signifies a commitment to a more efficient, transparent and user-centric public sector cloud procurement process.

The expanded scope, increased contract flexibility and emphasis on user feedback all point towards a more robust framework. Ascertia - with our unwavering commitment to security, customers, partners and innovation - stands firmly aligned with these values.

As G-Cloud 14 unfolds, Ascertia remains a trusted partner for public sector organisations seeking reliable, secure and future-proof cloud solutions.

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