The framework provides a means for public agencies to choose and select cloud applications, infrastructure offerings and the services to help get them into place. It's akin to the U.S. government's General Services Administration (GSA) schedule, which sets forth federal procurement guidelines and is supposed to speed up procurement of approved goods and services.
It's worth noting that the United Kingdom is already at work on G-Cloud 4, which will evolve its cloud purchasing framework even further. G-Cloud III will remain in place until May 2014.
“We’re proud to have been selected as a provider on the latest G-Cloud III initiative, as it enables us to extend our offering to public sector organisations at a time when departments are under increasing pressure to reduce costs and become more efficient,” said Lori Williams, general manager, Europe, in a statement about Appirio's government authorization.
Appirio offers cloud integration services related to human capital management (Workday and Cornerstone On Demand) and handles projects centered on the Salesforce platform. The company counts 500 enterprise customers including L'Oreal, The Four Seasons and Virgin America. Its CloudSpokes crowd-sourced development network (with about 75,000 active developers) has been instrumental in helping the relatively small integrator (about 600 employees) win over big-name accounts.