G-Cloud 9 has gone live with 2,847 suppliers signed up to the framework. However, the government has not indicated how many of those are small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
The latest iteration of the government procurement framework was intended to broaden the supplier base for ICT products and services. The government has been criticised over the years for continuing to favour large technology suppliers and partners rather than smaller businesses.
Meanwhile, Ed Garcez, the chief digital and information officer (CDIO) of Camden, Haringey and Islington councils called on the government to focus on rectifying the G-Cloud procurement process, because it had failed in terms of transparency and creating a level playing field for small and medium-sized suppliers.
Despite this, the government hasn't revealed how many SMBs have signed up to the framework. It has, however, estimated that 4,268 suppliers started the application process for G-Cloud 9, meaning that just over half of those suppliers completed the process.
The new agreement has seen several areas of the framework revamped. It has enabled contracts to extend beyond the maximum two-year limit, with two separate 12 month extensions, although restrictions apply for central government.
It has also inserted a rule that means that only one version of G-Cloud can be in place at a time. Previously, earlier iterations of G-Cloud could run in parallel with the latest version. Now, suppliers have to register to the latest framework in order to sell their services.
There has also been a trimming down of service categories from four to three - companies can either be providing a cloud hosting service, cloud software service or cloud support service.
Total spending through G-Cloud is above £1.57bn - this is the last recorded amount given by the government at the end of last year.
Yesterday, one of the driving forces behind G-Cloud, Tony Singleton, revealed that he planned to leave the public sector.
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