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Microsoft Marketplace and the Apple's App Store have revolutionised how we all buy and use software. It's now the best way to 'buy bits'. So why shouldn't government consumers be able to connect with their suppliers in a similar way? That was the challenge from the Cabinet Office.
Solidsoft Reply responded with the CloudStore. It replaces a complex system which had different applications from different providers spread across multiple locations. That made evaluating services and suppliers really difficult. Different departments could even find themselves vetting the same applications.
Civil servants can now view and procure 1700 approved products and services from the G-Cloud Framework, all in one place. They can also exchange ideas and experiences. That means better-informed buying decisions and increased sharing and re-use of proven applications. Saving money and time, and improving working relationships between government and suppliers.
The CloudStore runs on the cutting-edge Azure platform, with the latest HTML interfaces. Best of all, it went from zero to live in just six weeks.