To help further drive adoption of software as a service (SaaS) cloud communications solutions within the public sector, 8×8 Solutions, the UK arm of 8×8 has announced that it has been accepted as a supplier by the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) on the CCS’ recently announced G-Cloud 5 framework. G-Cloud is a UK Government initiative to encourage the adoption of cloud services across the whole of the public sector.
“Our proven, reliable and secure cloud-based unified communications, virtual contact centre and collaboration solutions now appear under the SaaS category of G-Cloud 5’s CloudStore, online marketplace,” said Kevin Scott-Cowell, CEO, 8×8 Solutions. “This will help potential customers across the public sector to quickly and easily identify which of our easy to use, cloud-based, managed services will best suit their individual business communications needs. The important thing is, that they can fund deployment out of their operational budgets.”
“8×8’s cloud-based unified communications importantly enables public sector organisations to considerably enhance their levels of customer service by putting the tools to improve their external communication and collaboration at their fingertips,” added Scott-Cowell.
G-Cloud 5 supports the Government’s policy to centrally manage the procurement of common goods and services through an integrated procurement function at the heart of government. Suppliers are carefully evaluated during the tender process and pre-agreed terms and conditions offer public sector customers sound contractual safeguards.
“The key difference between G-Cloud 5 and other procurement frameworks is that public sector organisations are able to enter into a contract with 8×8 which enables them to pay for the services they use on a pay-as-you-go basis,” explained Scott-Cowell.
“8×8 and our channel partners look forward to helping public sector customers take advantage of G-Cloud 5’s SaaS solutions to cut their operating costs by avoiding lengthy and often inflexible supplier contracts, saving money on the supply and maintenance of traditional hardware and by paying for just the services they actually use – delivering value for them and for us the taxpayers!” Scott-Cowell concluded.