G-Cloud sales figures revised upwards

The government’s G-Cloud sales figures for July have been revised upwards to £353,000, over £254,000 more than what had previously been reported.

Figures for Julywere initially said to only be £98,182, which was down hundreds of thousands of pounds compared to the previous two months.

However, Denise McDonagh, director of the G-Cloud programme, revealed on Twitter today:

@kdmcdonagh: #GCloud still without complete set of supplier returns, July figure now £353k. Overall sales to date, £1,532k #CloudStore

The Government Procurement Service is reliant on suppliers signed up to the G-Cloud framework to feed back data on sales each month. The Cabinet Office has said that the deadline for suppliers to provide this information on July’s sales was recently extended by a couple of days due to “operational reasons”, which is why the figures have suddenly increased.

Computerworld UKasked the Cabinet Office for information on which suppliers had made the additional sales, and to which departments, but was told that the G-Cloud sales information page would be updated in due course.

McDonagh hit back at negative media reports after the first round of July sales figures were released, claiming that some had reported data inaccurately and that over £1 million spent through the Cloudstore indicates an important shift away from traditional suppliers towards SMEs.

McDonagh said: “Some people who don’t really understand the landscape we’re working in may well look at that figure and assume that has had very little impact on the estimated sixteen billion pounds a year that government spends on IT.

"This simply highlights that what they don’t understand is the relationship between £1 spent with a G-Cloud supplier, and £1 spent with one of the 20 corporations responsible for delivering 90 percent of government IT at present.”

She added: “That is why the fact that after only four months of completed data we can clearly see the shift away from the traditional suppliers to the SME’s is such a good thing.”

In other G-Cloud news, it was revealed today that SCC has become the first supplier to gain pan-government accreditation on the framework, where nine of its newly accredited services are available on Cloudstore.

“We’re delighted. Our customers have been talking about G-Cloud for a long time, but their adoption of services was hampered by the lack of accredited solution,” said Tracy Westall, SCC’s UK public sector director.

“That situation has changed. We took a leading role from the beginning and it was important to us to remain focused on our vision and the goal of building a real G-Cloud service – think Amazon but built for the UK public sector, hosted in an environmentally-friendly UK data centre, operated by a UK company.”

The government launched its CloudStore in February, which saw 257 suppliers signed up to the G-Cloud framework and catalogued within an online portal. The government plans to accredit each service offered only once and then any government body can reuse that service without going through the accreditation process again.

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