G-Cloud sales rose by £57m in August to hit a total of £753m as momentum continues in public sector cloud spending.
The value of the sales generated in August was a significant hike over the £32m reported for July, which in turn was a rise compared with the previous month.
The spending trends through the government's cloud procurement framework over the past few months indicate that the public sector has a growing appetite for cloud services and products, and is adopting Whitehall's 'cloud first' mantra.
The total sales are enjoying an upward turn after some slowing down in the early summer months, but little has changed in G-Cloud spending trends overall.
As usual, central government departments contribute the most in terms of sales by value through the framework, accounting for 77 percent of the total spending.
The gap between small and large enterprises remains similar to previous monthly results, with small to medium enterprises (SMEs) contributing to 51 percent of G-Cloud sales by value and 60 percent by volume.
Once again the government has been slow to update the G-Cloud sales dashboard to reflect the areas of cloud spending for public sector organisations.
V3 contacted the Cabinet Office to find out when such figures would be released, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
However, given that the spending trends have remained consistent over the past year, it would be no surprise to find that the majority of G-Cloud sales in August went on specialist services, such as cloud migration consultancy, rather than cloud products, which include software-as-a-service and cloud platforms.
The government also revealed the total spending made through its Digital Services framework, which has reached £28m.
SMEs contributed to 59 percent of those sales, while 89 percent of the total pot was contributed by central government departments.
High-ranking technology figures in the government have agreed to share their ambitions to develop digital services with their US counterparts, and it is likely that this will have a knock-on effect for G-Cloud as more public sector divisions adopt cloud services to follow the examples set by others.
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