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The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has updated its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Oracle to facilitate easier take-up of the company's secure cloud technologies. The move builds on the Home Office's successful deployment of HR services to Oracle Cloud.
At the same time Oracle’s Government Centre of Excellence is to provide additional support and technical capabilities to help the HMG make better use of Oracle Cloud.
CCS – the UK’s largest public procurement organisation – supports the UK public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. Last year, CCS helped the UK public sector achieve commercial benefits worth more than £1 billion – supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.
"This enhanced Memorandum of Understanding will continue to deliver savings and benefits for new and existing public sector customers using Oracle's cloud based technologies. It will continue delivering value for money whilst supporting public sector customers' journey to the cloud", said Philip Orumwense, Commercial Director and Chief Technology Procurement Officer, Crown Commercial Service.
Oracle and the UK Government first signed an MOU in 2012, paving the way for a long-term partnership. The updated MOU will ensure that central, local and devolved governments, as well as all public service departments and agencies, such as NHS Trusts, are able to make continued use of Oracle Cloud.
The enhanced Oracle Centre of Excellence will provide public sector organisations with additional support in moving workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure or expanding their use of the Oracle Cloud Applications Suite.
Oracle provides the only dual-region sovereign cloud for use by public sector customers and works with hundreds of public sector customers, such as the Home Office, Office for National Statistics, the NHS NEP, Birmingham City Council, the Ministry of Defence and West Midlands Police.