The government has announced that G-Cloud sales have reached £191m, a rise of £16m from the £175m revealed in May.
Some 57 percent of sales have been made with small and medium sized enterprises, at £109m, while the rest are from large enterprises, at £83m.
This will no doubt please the government, which has touted G-Cloud as a good way of getting smaller firms to sell services to government.
The government also revealed that 80 percent of sales have been made with central departments, compared with 20 percent with other public sector organisations.
The figures show a continued growth of G-Cloud sales, but the fact that it has taken over two years to reached £191m – hardly a huge sum in the wider context of IT deals – suggests that councils are still ignoring its benefits. The fact that most deals come from central government only underlines this notion.
Recent Freedom of Information data from Bull Information Systems showed that councils are spending big, but badly, on technology purchases and ignoring the G-Cloud’s benefits.
It found that 26 county councils surveyed spent £440m on IT during the last financial year, including staff salaries, outsourcing, software and hardware. However, only around a tenth of that figure – £385,000 – was spent over the same period on cloud systems, and this was spread among 12 separate services.
The latest figures come in the same week that the government touted savings of £200m from improved use of technology over the past year as part of its efforts to improve spending on technology.