Sales on the government’s G-Cloud platform have now passed the £550m mark after March saw deals worth £43m added to the books.
The growth marks another strong period for the G-Cloud platform, which last month celebrated passing the £500m milestone.
Sales for G-Cloud at the March had reached a total of £559m, up from £516m reported for the end of February.
The Cabinet Office data also revealed that 49 percent of total sales by value and 58 percent by volume have been awarded to SMEs.
The fact that almost half of all deals are still going to SMEs as G-Cloud growth increases will be welcomed in government, as the G-Cloud platform was set up, in part, to give smaller firms more chance of winning contracts in the public sector.
There are also signs that the wider public sector is slowly adopting G-Cloud services, and 23 percent of all sales now made to the public sector are outside central government. This figure was stuck at 20 percent for many months.
Of course, this still means that 77 percent of total sales by value were through central government departments where a ‘cloud-first’ policy is being instilled.
Regardless of the ins and outs of the figures, the headline £559m figure is a strong total and gives the government a notable IT success story given that so many attempts to digitise its services led to huge losses and embarrassing U-turns.
Furthermore, new data centres to support the demand for cloud services have also opened, while research house IDC said that it expects sales for the cloud market to reach a staggering $32bn this year, with public services leading this growth.
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