Jadu signs up for UK Government Cloud Computing framework with new CMS tools

Jadu, a UK based Web Experience Management supplier, today announced a new cloud-based offering for its line of web content management (WCM), online forms and mobile web tools which have been listed on the Government’s G-Cloud ‘CloudStore’.

G-Cloud is the Government's formal channel for procuring cloud services. Jadu was among over 600 companies bidding for a place on the G-Cloud catalogue and is now one of the 255 successful suppliers selected for the framework. The G-Cloud is expected to revolutionise the way the Government buys IT, potentially saving millions in licensing, infrastructure and service costs, as well as making Government services digitally enabled much faster.

Jadu's new cloud offering, called ‘Universe Cloud’, has been listed under two lots in the UK Government ‘G-Cloud App store’ of enterprise IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions available to service the public sector. Jadu has put its digital forms and data capture solution ‘Jadu Universe Forms’ and its mobile web application network ‘Weejot’ in the G-Cloud list of products and services.

“Millions of pounds have been spent on outsourcing deals with large IT services companies for web solutions that can otherwise be implemented quickly and easily by SMEs in the cloud,” says Suraj Kika, CEO of Jadu. “SMEs like Jadu can deliver faster, cheaper and more secure solutions, enabling Government to innovate and deliver services much faster.”

The Government’s G-Cloud strategy states that it could save £3.2bn of the Governments annual £16bn spend on IT, actually it’s likely to be much more, but only if departments in Government adopt the service.

“CloudStore represents a revolution in how the public sector buys software and services,” says Kika. “This bold move has potential to showcase the UK as a global leader in online service delivery, providing the procurement culture in Government evolves to take advantage.”

Jadu’s Universe Forms product is currently used for online forms on the Directgov website as well as scores of local authorities across the UK. The solution for Directgov was delivered in 2011 to help build online transactions for the existing Directgov service.

Jadu’s ‘Weejot’ mobile app network provides organisations with the unique ability to rapidly develop mobile web applications though a powerful SDK (Software Development Kit) and SaaS infrastructure. Using the mobile web, organisations can save significant time and costs over building native apps for the growing number of device platforms.

“We will be opening the Jadu Universe Cloud to any organisation in any sector, not just Government. Soon, any enterprise will be able to instantly provision Jadu applications, try them, adopt them and begin rapid business transformation using the Jadu Universe Platform. All the apps we make from now on will be Universe Cloud first,” adds Kika.

Jadu has had success in Local Government and Higher Education with adoption of the Weejot Mobile Cloud service (launched last November) – with early adoption from South Lanarkshire Council, City of Edinburgh Council, Enfield Council, Coventry City Council and several US Higher Education institutions.