The Cabinet Office has removed around 100 products from the G-Cloud platform in response to complaints it was awash with irrelevant services, V3 has learned.
The platform, which is intended to level the playing field for smaller IT suppliers to gain public-sector contracts, has seen a steady increase in uptake in recent months, but concerns around its scope remain. There are more than 1,000 suppliers now listed on G-Cloud, with upwards of 13,000 services available.
However, a cohort of suppliers and customers, headed up by cloud firm Skyscape, recently urged the Government Digital Service (GDS) to purge the G-Cloud of unsuitable products in an open letter published last month.
Now, a G-Cloud spokesman has informed V3 that since GDS took over running G-Cloud in June last year, it had carried out a "systematic review" of the products available on the platform, removing around 100 which did not fit the bill.
“We are [...] carrying out a systematic review of all services on G-Cloud to ensure that they fall within the advertised scope of the framework. So far, we have removed around 100 that do not.
'We will continue to check new services as part of the assurance process.”
V3 had asked for information on the services that were removed but had not received this information at the time of publication.
The review is also looking at the overlap between G-Cloud and the Digital Services Framework, another public sector procurement initiative, to ensure suppliers understand where their services fit in.
Nicky Stewart, the commercial director of Skyscape, the cloud firm which organised January's open letter, told V3: "It is very encouraging to see that GDS is taking the assurance process very seriously, and that the thinking aligned with a key point in the recent open letter."
Total public sector spend on G-Cloud has topped £92m, with around 56 percent of the total spend going the way of smaller IT suppliers, in line with the targets set by the cabinet office.
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