Sales on the G-Cloud framework have passed the £1.5bn mark as of October, as the platform passes yet another milestone figure since its inception in 2012.
The full figure is £1,577,528,146 up from £1.39bn based on data until September. Of these 55 per cent of the total by value and 64 per cent by volume have been with SMEs. This breaks down as £875m in sales to SMEs compared to £702m with larger enterprises.
This gap was widened by a strong showing for October for SMEs, with sales totaling £27.5m, versus £10.6m to large enterprises.
Meanwhile, the percentage of sales made through central government on G-Cloud is now 74 per cent, compared to 26 per cent in the wider public sector. This means that to date £1.2bn of G-Cloud sales have gone through central government.
The rest is split between the wider public sector at £274m, local government spending at £84.9m, not-for-profits at £12.8m and ‘other' listed at £2.31m.
The chart below shows the ongoing growth of G-Cloud sales over time, marking some of a success for government in its efforts to both make it easier for SMEs to sell to government and for the public sector to take advantage of the benefits of cloud services.
However, the fact so much of the spend has been made through central government, which has a mandatory cloud-first policy somewhat skews the figures.
Furthermore, sales in local government, at just shy of £85m, will be the cause of most frustration to those working G-Cloud uptake, given how much potential spend on cloud services local authorities and other council services could generate.
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