An incredible month of G-Cloud sales in September has seen total business through the service exceed £800m.
With transactions of over £53m in September following three prosperous months in the summer, public sector spending through G-Cloud has been particularly buoyant of late.
Business could soon reach £1bn
With £806m spent by the public sector since G-Cloud’s launch in April 2012 and take-up increasing all the time, it’s predicted that business done through the portal could reach £1 billion within a year.
This would be something of a coup for the Government Digital Service (GDS), which has experienced tough times recently with an exodus of top talent, precipitated by the departure of founder Mike Bracken this autumn.
Georgina O’Toole, public sector analyst at Tech Market View, told V3, however, that all of the business done through G-Cloud doesn’t necessarily signal the public sector’s widespread acceptance of cloud services.
G-Cloud figures don’t ‘necessarily extrapolate’ to wider picture
She said: “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.”
With G-Cloud 7 anticipated to launch this month and the new Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework expected to be up and running by February, GDS says it is trying to simplify the whole process for users and suppliers.
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