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We all know that G-Cloud reflects a step-change in how Government and the wider public sector procure and deliver ICT. But how can you make use of G-Cloud when you might not even understand what's ...

We all know that G-Cloud reflects a step-change in how Government and the wider public sector procure and deliver ICT. But how can you make use of G-Cloud when you might not even understand what's possible or be able to identify your ICT needs? Added to this is a cultural shift:

Gone are the lengthy contracts, replaced instead by a more agile, bite-sized approach. But what does that mean in reality?

In this webinar we will explore some of the initial challenges you face, and present some real, tangible solutions that will help you unlock the G-Cloud potential along with a template for project discovery.

Specifically you will:
• Become better educated about G-Cloud principles and address challenges
• Explore ideas around getting your G-Cloud foundations right for your needs
• Better understand why key influencers and early adopters are important for success

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How to Unlock your Potential and Make the Most of G-Cloud How to Unlock your Potential and Make the Most of G-Cloud Presentation Transcript

  • How to unlock your potential and make the most of G-Cloud Webinar: Oct 9 2013
  • Who are we? Lizzie Hodgson: Simon Bostock: Lizzie has worked in a number of digital and communications strategy roles for government health departments, and several publications as a journalist. She’s was also founder of a crowdsourced journalism platform start-up and has provided lead for ‘digital transformation’ projects in the NHS.  Simon’s a PRINCE2 practitioner, who’s equally happy working on Agile projects. Prior to joining Deeson Online he worked in business and organisational development for charities, leading on a number of innovative client-side charity digital project.
  • Overview of webinarWhat we’re going to cover• Background and setting the scene: G-Cloud and Drupal • How you can become better educated about G-Cloud principles and address challenges • Explore ideas around getting your G-Cloud foundations right for your needs • Help you better understand why key influencers and early adopters are important for success
  • What is G-Cloud?G-Cloud reflects a step-change in how Government and the wider public sector procure and deliver their Information and Communication Technology. At its core, it’s about delivering a more economic on-demand model - and getting computing resources to users as needed.
  • What is Drupal? Drupal is a framework - this means you can build great online solutions At its core is a highly adaptable open-source content management system that allows you to easily organise, manage and publish your content - whatever the size of your site It’s completely free to download, use, and modify: there are no purchase, licence or maintenance fees It’s especially strong among major governments and used by hundreds of public sector agencies, NGOs and education establishments all over the world.
  • About Deeson Online We are G-Cloud listed. Our team has built some of the UK’s biggest websites for e-commerce, community and the third sector. Deeson Online is an Acquia Enterprise partner. We foster a partnership approach where we lead clients to innovative solutions. Find us at www.deeson-online.co.uk or on @deeson_labs.
  • • Engage experienced companies that are expert at solving your pain-points • Benefit from the world’s most collaborative, innovative developer community • Get to market quickly. How can you use G-Cloud for Drupal?
  • Why Drupal for public sector and government? Drupal makes it easy to deliver on the drive to go Digital by Default We are not just in an era of open government, but also era of tight budgets. We all need to become more effective - and make published content more useful to constituents, stakeholders and wider public.
  • Examples of Drupal Sites Gov.uk Lambeth British Council
  • What is the aim of G- Cloud? • Enable the public sector to purchase the services of SMEs • Do away with lengthy and complicated contracts • Create a marketplace to match your requirements with the providers of services in a streamlined way • Be assured: every product and service in the G-Cloud catalogue has been accredited to Government standards, offering a more cost-effective scalability and procurement system.
  • We understand... Some of you who would benefit from G- Cloud face challenges in how to identify your need and; Some of you who would benefit from G- Cloud face challenges in how or why you should work with SME’s (small and medium enterprises).
  • The challenges You might struggle to understand and identify ICT needs: This means it difficult to know what service you need to even look for on G-Cloud. Compounding this is that many are more comfortable and familiar with buying services in a particular way: BEFORE Lengthy and expensive contracts with large companies, promising deliverables that are often spread over years, not months. NOW A more agile, bite-size approach to procuring ICT solutions will instead unlock capacity and innovation: the G-Cloud way is about creating lower-cost nimble systems over large budget, long-term programmes.
  • Example:
  • ...But are there deeper challenges?Do you have the right resources? A number of government departments may lack relevant IT buyers Do you have the necessary technical skills to exploit G-Cloud services effectively If you don’t have these, your ability to take advantage of the excellent services on offer will be hindered
  • So what can you do? Medium term = take an evolutionary approach Short term = you need to get the G-cloud foundations right so here are our first steps...
  • First steps: 1. Be open and willing to try a different approach 2. Clearly identify and understand your user or audience 3. Establish who your key owners are 4. Use a natural opportunity to try G-Cloud 5. Be the early adopter
  • We can help you Need greater education and support? We’ve created a solution: Requirements Gathering Toolkit for Procurement on G-Cloud.Become better educated about G-Cloud • Learn how to assess your pain-points and user/customer needs • Develop an agile specification and scope for your G-Cloud project • Empower decision makers and associated stakeholders to match your organisational digital goals with G-Cloud and Drupal solutions • Eliminate time-consuming and potentially costly confusion.
  • Summar y A more agile, bite-size approach to procuring ICT solutions is required to unlock capacity and innovation • The G-Cloud way is about creating lower-cost nimble systems instead of large budget, long-term programmes • For some, purchasing through the G-Cloud poses problems: there are issues in understanding and identifying ICT needs. This in turn makes it difficult to know what service they need to look for on G-Cloud • Try to be proactive in addressing the challenges: get educated and look for opportunities
  • What we can do for you now Meet. Talk. Workshop. Collaborate No obligation. You’ll not be locked into any agreement to buy from us. ... But we are excellent at taking a blank sheet and creating innovative solutions.
  • Q&As
  • Thank you lizzieh@deeson.co.uk simonb@deeson.co.uk In the mean time 1. Download our Alternative White Paper that details everything covered in this webinar 2. Explore our Requirements Gathering Toolkit for Procurement on G-Cloud 3. Get in touch for a chat:
  • hello@deeson- online.co.uk deeson-online.co.uk