Editorial

UKCloud announces partner programme to tackle innovation in public sector

The firm says many IT providers to the UK public sector are yet to make the shift to trusted service provider

Posted 25 February 2021 by

UKCloud has today announced its new partner programme designed to drive digital innovation in the public sector.

UKCloud says its multi-cloud platform allows partners to focus on driving innovation within the application for customers. It offers native connectivity to secure government networks (e.g., PSN, HSCN, RLI) as well as compliance with specific UK public sector standards such as NCSC Cloud Security Principles and the Technology Code of Practice.

The company’s Proof-of-Concept toolkit through the new ‘Powered by’ programme enables feasibility checks to be carried out on its platforms. UKCloud offer a free, 30-day trial to start.

Additionally, UKCloud has made co-branded marketing activities available to all partners, via a secure portal. Resources available include sales and marketing collateral, technical expertise and product information.

 “I am excited that our new partner programme will provide opportunities for even more specialist IT providers to help make digital transformation happen across the public sector,” said Selena Cooper, director of partners at UKCloud. “UKCloud has already powered many partners to deliver genuine innovation to their customers – from large system integrators into Defence and National Security through to specialist ISVs into healthcare. We’re looking forward to helping the next wave of partners grow their businesses and drive better outcomes.”

Step change

The firm says many IT solution providers to the UK public sector are yet to modernise and “make that step change”, shifting from software developer to trusted service provider.

The continued growth of G-Cloud demonstrates that these providers have a significant opportunity to make it easy for public sector to embrace digital technologies like AI, IoT and automation to drive better outcomes for citizens,” UKCloud noted in a statement. “To achieve this, these tech providers need to take on the responsibility for security, availability, and performance by delivering their specialist software ‘as-a-service’.”

UKCloud says it is “devoted to advancing the UK’s national digital capability”, citing recent projects to deliver an extensive nationwide smart meter upgrade, Royal Navy training programmes as well as an Above-Official Defence Programme.

“Our partnership with UKCloud was formed by their ability to meet our strict requirements around data sovereignty and the sovereignty of those staff that operate and maintain their infrastructure,” said Heath Groves, CEO at UKCloud partner, Sundown Solutions.

“The move to UKCloud went incredibly smoothly from both a technology and regulatory point of view, which is something we appreciated greatly as our expansion and roll out into other areas has been hampered by COVID. Since becoming a partner, we have been delighted with their innovative and creative marketing initiatives, which have enabled us to promote our solutions effectively to a receptive public sector audience.”