The fifth iteration of the government’s G-Cloud framework is now open for business, as Whitehall continues to push the platform to the public sector.
Writing on the G-Cloud blog, Digital Engagement lead for the G-Cloud, Raphaelle Heaf, confirmed that all suppliers on the platform should now have been informed of the move to G-Cloud 5.
“Any previous G-Cloud suppliers will have been notified of G-Cloud 5 being open to new submissions of services. Over the next few days it will go live on Tenders Electronic Daily, but you can access the tender documents from Crown Commercial Service,” she wrote.
So far, almost £100m worth of sales have been made on G-Cloud since its launch two years ago. However, there are still issues affecting its use, with some firms claiming it is overrun with irrelevant services.
The Cabinet Office, which runs G-Cloud, has taken action to change this, though, with V3 revealing earlier this month that almost 100 “irrelevant” services have been removed from the platform.
The government hopes the G-Cloud will end the historic reliance on huge IT contracts with major suppliers within the public sector and open up the market for smaller firms to strike deals.
More than half of the spend on G-Cloud goes to SMBs, at 56 percent, but so far more than 80 percent of firms on the platform have failed to make any sales on the service.
The move comes as cloud computing becomes an integral part of all businesses' operations, with vendors such as IBM committing huge resources and cash to ensuring they are able to meet demand.
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