G-Cloud posts ‘intent to award’ notices

Jennifer Scott News
3 Feb, 2012

After several deadline extensions, the G-Virtual Cloudsject has got to the stage of awarding contracts to bidders.

The Government’s G-Cloud moved to the next stage today, with “intent to award” notices being sent out to companies looking to implement the project.  

A £60 million tender was unveiled in October, asking for companies – especially small and medium businesses – to put themselves forward for contracts. Now, after two deadline extensions and more than 400 applicants, tech firms are finding out if they will be involved.  

This further step towards putting cloud computing into practice in Whitehall was revealed by the G-Cloud’s director, Chris Chant.

Speaking to Virtual Clouds, Chant said he was “delighted with the responses” to the tender and was now “looking forward to getting new exiting low cost services out to public sector buyers.”

There is still a way to go before the G-Cloud becomes a working reality though, with further accreditations occurring throughout February and the buying process not starting until March.   

Chant, however, was happy to focus on the progressed made and offered his congratulations to the prospective partners over Twitter.

“Hundreds of G-Cloud "intent to award" notices arriving on doormats,” he wrote. “Congrats to all who have been successful so far.”

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