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.

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FreeAgent: from Top Gun to tax returns

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

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Advice 19 Sep, 2014

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Let's act to keep G Cloud flame burning

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Is it time to rally behind G Cloud - or will it quietly fade away?

Home Office looks to G-Cloud for future IT

News 2 Jul, 2014 Alex Hamilton

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

Infosys banks on cloud to speed up clinical trials

News 10 Jun, 2014 Rene Millman

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

Parties urged to put digital technology at heart of policies

News 4 Jun, 2014 Maxwell Cooter

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

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

News 4 Jun, 2014 Caroline Donnelly

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

Businesses should get wise to legal issues

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

Cloud is key to accelerated IT services delivery

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For many firms, moving to cloud presents political problems rather than technical ones. It's something that needs to be sorted

ODCA talks up adoption of cloud usage models

News 19 Mar, 2014 James Stirling

Anti-vendor lock-in group reveals findings from third annual membership survey

Google cloud services hit by outage

News 18 Mar, 2014 Jane McCallion

Talk, Hangouts and Sheets go dark for several hours

eProcurement key on keyboard

Thomas Cook signs cloud deal to save on procurement costs

News 25 Feb, 2014 Rene Millman

Uses cloud-based service to make 30 per cent savings on tendering process

UK Cloud Awards - Shortlist of finalists announced

News 12 Feb, 2014 Cloud Pro Staff

It's been a long process but the judges have finally picked the finalists to do battle for the UK's first cloud awardss

UK Cloud Awards signs up first sponsor

News 29 Nov, 2013 Cloud Pro Staff

Ingram Micro is the first named sponsor for the UK Cloud Awards - which has also strengthened the judges' team

Best of cloud - UK cloud awards announced

News 21 Nov, 2013 Cloud Pro Staff

It's your chance to enter your favourite products and projects

Cloud provides documentation solution for e-invoicing firm

Case Studies 20 Sep, 2013 Rene Millman

OB10 chooses Alfresco for global document management platform

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

Advice 30 Aug, 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?