Editorial

GCI services now available through CCS Network Services

Systems Integrator gets on mainly through its acquisition of ailed MSP’s Outsourcery business it swooped up earlier in the year

Posted 1 November 2016 by

'British Money' by Bryan Jones on FlickrGCI, one of the UK’s leading managed IT services providers, has become one of only 25 organisations in the UK with a place on Lot 10 of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Network Services agreement.

The company says the agreement will further support its ability to service a “growing public sector customer base among central government departments, local authorities, NHS Trusts and government agencies”.

The Network Services agreement provides customers with access to networks and telecommunications services, including PSN compliant services and covers the provision of integrated communications solutions to provide a consistent user interface across a range of end-user devices. It provides savings, choice and flexibility for all publicly-funded organisations, while ensuring compliance with the wider government technology strategy through ongoing engagement with the Government Digital Service (GDS).

Commenting on the announcement, Mike Ayres, Chief Commercial Officer at GCI, said: “We are delighted to have been granted a place on the framework and see it as a key route to market for GCI, which enables us to assist public sector organisations in realising the benefits of the latest unified communications and collaboration technology, whilst reducing procurement timescales and procurement costs.

“The Network Services agreement, with a focus on SMEs, has already played a significant role in breaking down the dominance of multinational IT suppliers in the public sector. It has, in particular, provided a new channel to allow public bodies to safely take advantage of new cloud-based communications technologies.”

Ayres added that, “When Outsourcery went into administration in the summer, GCI acquired most of the assets of the business. However, Outsourcery’s position on the Network Services Agreement had been understandably suspended. I am pleased that after the relevant due process, Crown Commercial Services has felt it appropriate to now appoint GCI to the Lot.

“I hope that our strong capability with Skype for Business, where we have already deployed over 120,000 seats, both in the cloud and on premise, plus our contact centre and mobile telephony capability will prove a compelling proposition for even more organisations across the public sector.”