Oracle and Crown Commercial Service renew MoU to continue using the cloud
Oracle and the UK government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) such that the vendor will facilitate access to its cloud infrastructure as well as its cloud-delivered suite of applications.
The agreement also covers strengthening what the vendor describes as its “government center of excellence” to provide technical support and expertise to help public sector organizations make better use of Oracle Cloud.
Oracle and the government signed a first memorandum of understanding in 2012 and last updated the agreement in September 2019. Today’s renewal will last for two years, the vendor said.
The updated MoU will ensure that central, local and decentralized governments, as well as all government departments and agencies, such as NHS Trusts, can continue to use Oracle Cloud. Utilities will have access to the full suite of Oracle Cloud applications.
Richard Petley, general manager and senior vice president of technology and cloud for Western Europe at Oracle, said: Utilities access to Oracle Cloud. But it’s also about supporting the public sector with cloud adoption services, training, etc.
Oracle works with hundreds of public sector clients, such as the Home Office, the Office for National Statistics, the NHS NEP, Birmingham City Council, Department of Defense (MoD) and West Midlands Police.
The Oracle Center of Excellence, the vendor said, will provide support to the UK government to move workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure or expand their use of the Oracle Cloud application suite.
Philip Orumwense, Commercial Director and Head of Technology Purchasing at Crown Commercial Service, said in a statement issued by Oracle: “This enhanced MoU will continue to generate savings and benefits for new and existing public sector customers using the Oracle cloud-based technologies. “
Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Commercial Director, added: “The UK government is focused on its Build Back Better growth plan, part of which is to ensure we make the best use of modern cloud-based technologies.
“By extending our relationship with Oracle through this MoU, we will continue to generate excellent business value, improve service delivery to citizens and support the UK government’s broader transformation agenda. “
In an interview with Computer Weekly, Oracle’s Petley said, “This is a good deal for us and for the government. It’s clear [from] To the extent that we are partnering with the government from a series of announcements made in recent years that we are not doing this as a rebate model, this is a transformational deal. The center of excellence is what I would get out of it – this shared journey to the cloud has begun, and this [MoU] is an accelerator for that.
Oracle was recently one of the tech giants to secure a place in a four-year CCS cloud computing framework, which is set up to allow public and third-sector organizations to purchase infrastructure offerings. cloud and platform as a service (PaaS). in large volume.
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, Microsoft and IBM were among the other vendors announced as participants in the framework, along with Fordway Solutions, Frontier Technology, UKCloud and UKFast.net.
“We are working closely with Crown Commercial Services to join and participate in these executives,” said Petley. “Infrastructure is part of the story of the center of excellence, but it’s also about back office automation, shared services reform, process agility and better use of data.
“The work we do with the NHS, the Home Office, the Department of Defense and the West Midlands Police are not extreme cases. They are migrating the heart and lungs of government to the cloud, and the MoU gives the government access to these technologies and a means to get there. “