Squiz has been officially confirmed for the G-Cloud, the UK Government's new framework of approved suppliers of cloud services for the public sector. Launched yesterday, the G-Cloud's online catalogue - CloudStore - includes a diverse range of over 1700 IT services from almost 300 suppliers.

The G-Cloud aims to promote a more flexible, open and competitive marketplace and encourage the use of innovative IT services to improve performance and increase efficiencies throughout the public sector. Government departments will be able to easily procure from approved suppliers, opening up the market to more innovative and agile services provided by small and medium sized enterprises, such as Squiz.

Founded in 1998, Squiz originally developed its products and services to meet the specific requirements of the Australia Government. The company has since grown to serve a wide range of global markets and industry sectors but retains a particular strength in government. Current clients in the UK include the Ministry of Justice, the Land Registry and the Electoral Commission.

Squiz delivers web solutions built on the Squiz Suite, its open source web experience management platform, which incorporates content management, analytics, search and integration tools. The Suite is particularly suitable for government departments as it offers:

- User-friendly interfaces suitable for a broad range of skill levels.
- Powerful integration tools, based on open standards, to simplify processes.
- Scalability and flexibility to respond to changing requirements.
- Advanced security, workflow and governance tools.
- Complete budgetary control as it is open source and not subject to license fees.

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, said: "G-Cloud is a sign of public sector IT becoming more flexible, modern and better value. The easiest way to think of cloud is as the IT equivalent of a Boris bike - pay for what you need when you need it, and forget about costly ongoing maintenance that you can live without."

Stephen Morgan, Director of Squiz UK, said; "It's great to see the UK Government taking decisive steps to open up the market to SMEs and enable its departments to take advantage of the latest technologies. We're looking forward to bringing innovative web experience management solutions to more government departments."

About Squiz

Squiz create web solutions which enable organisations to manage and optimise online engagement with their users. The solutions are built with the Squiz Suite, a powerful web experience management platform which incorporates CMS, search, analytics and integration tools. The Squiz team provides consulting, design, development, implementation, training and global 24/7 support services to supplement the Suite and to ensure clients achieve their business objectives.

Squiz work with some of the world's leading organisations including the University of Oxford, The Electoral Commission, Digital UK, the Ministry of Justice and the Australian Federal Government.

For more information: http://www.squiz.co.uk

About the G-Cloud

The G-Cloud is an iterative programme of work to facilitate the adoption of cloud computing which will deliver fundamental changes in the way the public sector procures and operates ICT. The strategy aims to achieve large, cross government economies of scale; deliver ICT systems that are flexible and responsive to demand; take advantage of new technologies; and allow government to procure in a way that encourages a dynamic and responsive supplier marketplace and supports emerging suppliers.

For more information: http://gcloud.civilservice.gov.uk/
Visit the CloudStore: http://www.govstore.net/

Published on: 1:00PM on 20th February 2012