The government is to name the suppliers awarded a place on its G-Cloud framework on Sunday 19 February, with the associated CloudStore catalogue of services to go live in the next week.
The £60m G-Cloud framework comprises includes infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and software-as-a-service elements, as well as specialist cloud services.
Westminster hopes to bring down its expenditure on business applications by up to 75% as departments migrate to on-demand services. According to our sister title ComputerWeekly.com, pricing transparency was a pre-requisite for companies seeking a spot on the framework agreement, and government buyers will be able to compare prices from every accredited supplier.
Suppliers were notified of their framework award at the beginning of February but asked to keep quiet about it until this Sunday.
The cloud services will appear on the government's CloudStore portal, accessibly through the GOV.UK website. The store itself is to be hosted in the cloud by a UK SME.
Initially CloudStore will act as a catalogue of services rather than an app store for plug-and-play products, as a good number of the services on offer won't be accredited until departments sign up for them. The government hopes to make these available in early April, and will also be making a second framework with a broader supplier base available at that time.
The Government Digital Service will be an early adopter for a cloud ERP system, while the Home Office expects to be running hosting capabilities and collaboration software from the framework by Spring.
A version of this story originally appeared on ComputerWeekly.com