Funnelback, provider of cloud based website and enterprise search solutions, has been officially confirmed for the G-Cloud, the UK Government's new framework of approved suppliers of cloud services for the public sector. Launched yesterday, the G-Cloud's new online catalogue - CloudStore - includes a diverse range of over 1700 IT services from almost 300 suppliers.

The G-Cloud aims to promote a more flexible, open and competitive marketplace and encourage the use of innovative IT services to improve performance and increase efficiencies throughout the public sector. Government departments will be able to easily procure from approved suppliers, opening up the market to more innovative and agile services provided by small and medium sized enterprises, such as Funnelback.

Funnelback's search technology was originally developed by the CSIRO, Australia's national government body for scientific research, before becoming a commercial organisation in 2005. The company has since grown to meet demand for its award winning website and enterprise search solutions, and now operates internationally.

Funnelback's governmental roots have helped it to build a strong client base within the public sector in Australia and the UK. Clients include the Electoral Commission, Digital UK, The Royal Parks (an Executive Agency of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport), and the Australian Federal Government.

Funnelback Search is particularly suited to public sector clients as it delivers improved accessibility to information for both employees and the general public, increasing productivity and efficiency. The technology incorporates advanced security controls at both user and document level, can scale up to millions of documents and is deployed as a fully managed cloud solution with a high level of flexibility. Funnelback also offer a website accessibility audit service to help clients to achieve WCAG compliance, a key requirement for government websites.

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, said: "G-Cloud is a sign of public sector IT becoming more flexible, modern and better value. The easiest way to think of cloud is as the IT equivalent of a Boris bike - pay for what you need when you need it, and forget about costly ongoing maintenance that you can live without."

Matt Taylor, General Manager of Funnelback UK, said; "We're enthused to see the UK Government taking a proactive approach to opening up the market to SMEs such as Funnelback, and we're honored to be included in the launch of the G-Cloud. We're looking forward to helping more government departments to benefit from the efficiency and productivity benefits of our search solutions."

About Funnelback
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Funnelback delivers leading edge search solutions and high-quality customer services and support. The core products offered by Funnelback are Enterprise Search for information retrieval across multiple repositories, and Website Search for fast and effective searching of web-based content.

Funnelback processes millions of search requests each day by organisations such as Skype, Rolls Royce, The London School of Economics, UCL, The Electoral Commission, Digital UK, Macmillan Cancer, The Royal Parks (an Executive Agency of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport), and the Australian Federal Government.

For more information: http://www.funnelback.com

About the G-Cloud
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The G-Cloud is an iterative programme of work to facilitate the adoption of cloud computing which will deliver fundamental changes in the way the public sector procures and operates ICT. The strategy aims to achieve large, cross government economies of scale; deliver ICT systems that are flexible and responsive to demand; take advantage of new technologies; and allow government to procure in a way that encourages a dynamic and responsive supplier marketplace and supports emerging suppliers.

For more information: http://gcloud.civilservice.gov.uk/
Visit the CloudStore: http://www.govstore.net/

Published on: 1:17PM on 20th February 2012