The Department of Health (DoH) has signed a shared service with Inovem, an SME provider of online collaboration software.
The DoH bought the software through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreement under the G-Cloud call-off framework.
The Kahootz Enterprise software will replace its legacy IBM Quickr software.
As Computer Weekly has previously reported, the G-Cloud
is being used as a way to encourage the public sector to buy from SME IT providers. But
getting on the shortlist
can often prove a challenge, given certain government prerequisites such as security.
"We selected Kahootz Enterprise because it met our needs for an affordable, easy-to-use, agile collaboration platform, that could be adapted by our personnel and partners to meet different use cases such as online project management, communities of interest, committees and policy development workgroups," said Bob Armstrong, the DoH’s head of ICT futures and shared services.
The DoH’s evaluation team identified possible suppliers from the CloudStore before drawing up a shortlist.
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Armstrong said: “Our evaluation team examined modern cloud collaboration services."
The DoH selected Inovem after clarifying its functionality.
He said the selection process illustrated how the G-Cloud programme is giving public sector buyers access to a wider range of new, less traditional, suppliers.
Stephen Allott, the government’s crown representative for small and medium enterprises, said: “Through our G-Cloud framework, the government has opened up the market for cloud-service suppliers of all sizes in a significant way, helping SMEs win more government business."