Ten leading UK Telecommunications businesses have been selected to join the Crown Commercial Services RM1035 framework for telecoms services pre-approving them for use by all Public sector organisations.
The Crown Commercial Services RM1035 (CCS) frameworks provide quicker access to suppliers than following OJEU processes with competitive pricing, best practice procurement, ease of ordering and personalised support; saving public sector organisations money and most importantly time.
As one of only 10 managed service providers on the RM1035 framework, Switch Communications have been pre-approved as a cost effective option for the public sector. Perceived by the ERG (Efficiency and Reform Group) as a sophisticated, fully managed service organisation, Switch has invested heavily in bespoke ISP and Cloud platforms. Organisations now have the capability to leverage their platform delivering considerable savings with levels of security that other telecoms companies are struggling to compete with.
We asked Robin Brown, of Switch Communications, what benefits could be gained from the framework: “With this agreement Switch Communications makes cloud and hosted services available at a fraction of the cost it would take to deliver them independently. Our focus and experience in public sector services set us apart from other providers”,
Mr Brown continued, “our difference is the significant investment made in deploying privately hosted platforms for voice and data services. Our solutions deliver significant savings for our clients and our experience with hundreds of councils, schools, universities and authorities enable us to understand your specific requirements for security, resilience and support. We have created services bespoke to the needs of your organisation. We are equipped to support public sector organisations with cloud based services, creating flexible and cost effective bandwidth and Voice over IP services that suit our clients as individuals.”
Public sector organisations currently partnering with Switch Communications include the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham:
The Borough has implemented entirely new infrastructure, replacing 13 separately managed systems, improving productivity and public service. As working cultures in 2014 shift and organisations consider the impact of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD); Barking and Dagenham have benefitted – providing employees with a single, fully integrated system that delivers maximum flexibility and simplicity.
Tracie Evans; Corporate Director of Finance and Resources, LBBD stated that; “The implementation of our systems has overhauled how we operate. Not only is management of the system easier and more efficient – it significantly reduces cost and increases the quality of service that we can provide to residents of the borough and employees. We have also become far more flexible about where employees do their jobs, making employees more flexible and productive.
Cost Savings from the Cloud Confirmed
For those organisations committed to moving to the cloud, significant reductions in IT spend has always been a major attraction. Current studies by Computer Economics have shown that early involvement has enabled IT departments to save an average of 15%, whether measured as a percentage of revenue or on a cost per user basis. Savings have not only been made from enabling IT personnel to be more efficient but also through increased innovation and commercial agility.
With a fully managed hosted offering, Switch Communications are seeing high levels of interest from clients interested in the benefits of Hosted Voice, and data service migration. Switch has extended its cloud proposition internationally by partnering with Belcom 247, a reputed international data centre services provider. Now not only can service users receive state of the art data centre facilities, power and back up and disaster recovery solutions, they can now receive an SLA maintenance agreement that exceeds all other providers globally.
“We are extremely proud of our cloud platforms and data centre network. Together with our approved partnerships, we alone uphold a new industry standard in remote handling of our clients hosted services” stated Mr Brown.
It is clear that Switch Communications among others are well positioned in 2014, a year predicted to hold outstanding opportunities in the expansion of hosted services. A trend being seen across the industry is that SME organisations, as they recover from the recession, are looking for new, more flexible services whilst mitigating the risk of being stuck with aging technology. Should further cuts or even rapid expansion be required in the future, organisations taking advantage of cloud based services will be able to deliver the flexibility their organisations require. It is this mentality that is driving hosted services forward alongside government grant schemes and the Crown Commercial Services RM1035 Framework.
In addition the government is helping further offering subsidies for organisations looking to increase access bandwidth. The Connection Voucher Scheme is proving to be a highly attractive programme allowing organisations the chance to apply for super-fast broadband grants from £250 to £3,000. Discover more here.