The people involved in procurement can be scattered all over the world and across a range of organisations with differing IT platforms.

A cloud-based service can provide a homogenous 24/7 service where none of these things matter. Providers claim that a cloud-based solution costs as little as 31 per cent of an in-house system where supplier communication can make up 40 to 70 per cent of costs.

Open networks can also allow suppliers to keep customer catalogues updated and confirm orders while users can quickly turn purchase orders into invoices, confirm receipt and manage contracts. Such systems can provide improved spending visibility and control.


  1. MoD signs new £495,000 data centre contract

    Dec 11, 2014 Joe Curtis

    Department picks Ark Data Centres as it seeks to save money and energy

  2. Home Office looks to G-Cloud for future IT

    Jul 2, 2014 Alex Hamilton

    The Home Office has announced it will be the next department to cut large contracts and head to the G-Cloud

  3. Infosys banks on cloud to speed up clinical trials

    Jun 10, 2014 Rene Millman

    Cloud-based service could lower drug development costs for pharma companies

  4. Parties urged to put digital technology at heart of policies

    Jun 4, 2014 Maxwell Cooter

    Government could save £24 billion by being more digitally aware, it is claimed

  5. G-Cloud providers call for co-location CloudStore clean-up

    Jun 4, 2014 Caroline Donnelly

    Co-location services have been banned from G-Cloud 5, but providers claim some are still slipping through the net


  1. How to secure your supply chain in the cloud

    Sep 19, 2014

    The supply chain is often an ignored part of the cloud story, but it shouldn't be, warns Davey Winder

  2. Businesses should get wise to legal issues

    May 6, 2014 Andrew Joint

    The European Commission is acting tough on all aspects of cloud: businesses need to get clued up

  3. Five reasons why SMBs avoid the cloud; and why they’re wrong

    Aug 30, 2013 Nick Booth

    SMBs have everything laid on for them by the cloud - yet they still don’t want to get involved. Is there any hope for the next generation?

  4. Cloud politics: the CIO's difficult balancing act

    Jan 18, 2013 Mark Samuels

    The arrival of cloud computing means CIOs change their approach to procurement, what strategy works best?

  5. Will cloud computing bring democracy to IT delivery?

    Apr 23, 2012 Sue Tabbitt

    As the Government tries to make UK cloud-friendly and innovation-ready, are political and cultural barriers really coming down?

Case Studies

  1. Cloud provides documentation solution for e-invoicing firm

    Sep 20, 2013 Rene Millman

    OB10 chooses Alfresco for global document management platform