The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has become the first public authority to make a purchase from the government's recently launched G-Cloud Store.
The organisation used it to buy Agile educational software that is designed to reduce waste and avoid project failures. The MCA confirmed it will use this to help run its Future Coastguard Programme.
The organisation said that using the CloudStore was a "simple and fast" procedure with the whole process completed in less than 24 hours. The MCA added that it is one of three organisations within the Department for Transport's (DfTt) piloting the Agile technology.
The director of the G-Cloud service, Chris Chant, told V3 he hoped the deal would encourage other public sector organisations to start using the platform.
"We are really happy to have our first G-Cloud customer through the door and for the process to have run so smoothly," he said in an email.
"This is the key to the CloudStore; a lot more choice for government departments with a fast deployment time to get going with the service straight away."
The government hopes the CloudStore service will help the public sector reduce costs and enable organisations become more flexible with their use of IT services.
The service was knocked offline last week, though, when Microsoft's Azure platform was hit by a glitch caused by the extra day in February due to the leap year, underlining some of the problems with outsourcing the hosting of service to remote locations.
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