Huanqiu Tech, 3/09/15
Alibaba Cloud Computing (Aliyun), a subsidiary of Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), has publicly revealed that China's Central Government Procurement Center (CGPC) moved its official website, zycg.gov.cn, to Aliyun over a year ago and that it has operated without incident.
The Central Government Procurement Center's website provides a range of digitalized procurement services, including announcements, supply agreements, online tenders, digital reverse auctions, an online marketplace and calls for bids. In 2014, the CGPC performed 400,000 procurements online for a gross merchandise volume (GMV) of RMB 20.6 bln.
By buying cloud service from AliCloud, the CGPC not only saves on the cost of maintenance, but increase stability, said He Bing, director of CGPC's information services. By outsourcing the tedious details of system management, CGPC employees can focus on optimizing government procurement work.
The potential of cloud service for government procurement is huge, according to He Baohong, director of the Internet Center at the China Academy of Telecommunication Research. China's government procurement for information technology exceeds RMB 50 bln a year, Mr. He pointed out. However, most of the IT procurement is on hardware, and the small proportion spent on IT services is mainly for maintenance.
China currently has 12 provinces and provincial level municipalities that use Aliyun services.