G-Cloud sales have reached £154m as public sector departments continue to buy on-demand services through the government’s Cloud Store.
Furthermore, according to the Government Digital Service, which manages the G-Cloud, 60 percent of sales have been awarded to small and medium-sized firms.
The figure will no doubt be welcomed by the government as it intended for the G-Cloud platform to help SMBs more easily compete with larger enterprises for government contracts.
The G-Cloud system is intended to allow the public sector to rent the use of services as needed and do away with lengthy contract, and forms a central part of the government's cloud-first policy, which is helping boost the use of G-Cloud.
The G-Cloud now hosts some 13,000 services from 1,200 different technology providers for government departments to choose from and since February, G-Cloud sales have increased by more than £50m.
The framework is refreshed frequently to bring on new suppliers and services, and the closing date for submissions to the latest G-Cloud 5 framework was last week. Contracts set up through the programme run for a maximum of two years.
G-Cloud chief Tony Singleton said in a blog post Tuesday that public-sector buyers need further education on the benefits of G-Cloud services. Singleton said on average departments save 50 percent when purchasing through the G-Cloud.
“It is essential that we get the message across to service owners and those developing policy, senior civil servants and the equivalent in the wider public sector,” he said.
“We will involve as many leaders involved in IT procurement across the wider public sector as possible, as well as those who plan and deliver IT projects, so that understanding and using G-Cloud truly becomes their first instinct.”
Despite the growing success of the G-Cloud platform V3 revealed earlier this year that over 80 percent of suppliers on the platform have never made a sale, as departments appear unwilling to take a risk on new suppliers.
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