G-Cloud sales hit almost £50m in November as the platform passed £300m in sales in 2014.
Data from the Cabinet Office reveals that sales have now hit £393,672m after an increase of just shy of £48m in November, something of a bumper month for G-Cloud. October sales were just £27m while sales in September were £44m.
Overall it means that sales have grown massively through 2014, with sales at the end of January just £92m. Since then over £300m worth of deals have been made on the platform to reach the £394m figure.
The government said that 48 percent of sales by value and 57 percent by volume have been to small and medium sized businesses. This means that almost £200m worth of government IT deals have gone to SMEs.
Given that the government launched G-Cloud in part to try to end the monopoly of IT giants supplying all government IT services, this is a fairly notable figure.
However, in the grand scheme of things, £200m is a blip in government IT spending and, with over half of all deals going to established IT players, there is still evidence that buyers in the public sector prefer using larger vendors.
Another issue the government will need to address in 2015 is that the majority of spending remains within the confines of Whitehall. To date, 80 percent of all deals on G-Cloud have been made to central government departments.
The remaining 20 percent is split between the wider public sector, compromising local councils, not-for-profit organisations and 'other' departments, such as police departments.
The lack of uptake beyond Whitehall is a cause for concern, and V3 spoke with government, industry and sector bodies to try to find a consensus on why this is the case.
Issues raised included that many councils don’t require cloud services yet as in-house systems are still being paid for and used, and the difficulty of changing the culture of IT buying in organisations.
The latest figures also come as the government prepares for the next update to G-Cloud in the form of G-Cloud 6, with companies able to submit their services to the new platform by 3pm, 17 December.
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