The public sector spent £11.15m on IT purchases made through the G-Cloud procurement platform in December, as the scheme nears a grand total spend of £100m.
The G-Cloud procurement platform is intended to level the playing field for smaller IT suppliers battling against established giants for contracts, and 56 percent of the £92.65m total spend has gone to small and medium-sized IT suppliers. But the biggest deals of December went to larger companies.
In December the most lucrative deals were awarded to IT consultancy BJSS, with the firm earning £663,850 from an ongoing contract with the Health Research Authority. The largest contract awarded to a small or medium business (SMB) in December went to software firm Thoughtworks, which serviced the Cabinet Office and was worth £285,070.
Microsoft featured in the month's biggest buys, with the Scottish Enterprise body spending £168,400 on the firm's Dynamics CRM service.
Notably, IBM was not present in December's data, having often topped G-Cloud's publicly listed sales figures in the past.
As G-Cloud prepares to enter its fifth iteration with a new framework, the focus has turned to ensuring other areas of government understand G-Cloud. At an event in January, Government Digital Services (GDS) chief operating officer Tony Singleton said that his organisation would be targeting local government to ensure they understand how to buy from the G-Cloud CloudStore.
In an open letter also published in January, a consortium of G-Cloud suppliers and customers praised the platform's efforts in changing the public sector's mindset for IT procurement, but urged GDS to ensure the platform was not awash with products that are by definition not cloud services.
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