Total G-Cloud sales have passed the £800m mark after a £53m spending spree in September that marked the fourth bumper month in a row for public sector spending on cloud services.
Sales made through the government's cloud procurement framework have now reached £806m since its inception in April 2012, and it is clear that the public sector is beginning to warm to using cloud products and services despite security concerns and stringent data regulations.
Spending through the framework is relatively erratic from month to month, but the millions spent on a monthly basis are regularly in the high teens, and have weighed in at £20m or more for the past four months.
G-Cloud sales could top the £1bn mark within the next year if this trend continues, giving the Government Digital Service something to champion as a relative success.
However, Georgina O'Toole, public sector analyst at Tech Market View, told V3 that healthy spending through G-Cloud should not be used as a yard stick for public sector appetite for cloud services.
"Cloud services are undoubtedly increasing. And I suspect that is not only the case via G-Cloud but via other procurement arrangements as well. That is the way the market is going. But I wouldn't necessarily extrapolate from G-Cloud to the broader cloud services picture," she said.
Digging deeper into the figures shows that normal spending trends as seen in previous months remain in place. Central government departments contribute the most in terms of sales by value, accounting for 77 percent of the total spending made through G-Cloud.
The gap between small and large enterprises was nearly identical to that in August, and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) contributed to 50 percent of G-Cloud sales by value and 60 percent by volume.
September spending through the government's Digital Marketplace came in at over £2m, taking the total so far to £30m, 61 percent of which has been awarded to SMEs and 89 percent to central government departments.
Much like the G-Cloud spending, the spending split was nearly identical to that in August, indicating that Whitehall departments are more technology hungry than their brethren in the wider public sector.
But as O'Toole highlighted, such trends do not accurately reflect the state of cloud and IT in the public sector, particularly when NHS hospital trusts such as East Kent and pioneering local authorities like Peterborough council are adopting new technologies.
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