G-Cloud sales reach £270m, but growth drops by £10m

G-Cloud sales total increased by £20m

G-Cloud sales have increased by £20m over the past month to £270m total sales, with purchases of services from SMEs continuing to drive sales growth.

The results are on par with the average £20m worth of sales made through G-Cloud every month. However, compared with July’s results which saw a rise of £30m, G-Cloud sales slowed by £10m during August.

The majority of sales are driven by SME, which contribute to 54 percent of the total sales awarded to companies through the G-Cloud procurement process.

Large enterprises also continue to contribute to a solid proportion of spending via G-Cloud, indicating that businesses both large and small are gleaning sales success from working with the G-Cloud purchasing framework.

While adoption of cloud has mostly centred on central government departments, some local councils are beginning to adopt cloud technology.

Peterborough Council recently migrated the majority of its on-site infrastructure to the cloud, achieving this in part by procuring cloud-powered document-management services from Box via G-Cloud.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council beat Peterborough to the mark, by becoming the first council in the UK to fully embrace cloud technology. Again much of this was purchased through the G-Cloud framework.

Richard Godfrey, ICT strategy, infrastructure and programme manager at Peterborough Council, told V3 cloud adoption in local councils will likely follow the examples of Windsor and Peterborough although IT teams need to be more receptive to cloud technology.

“There’s one or two pockets now starting to be a bit more adventurous, and actually look into it, and I think what you’ll then find, is some of the others will naturally follow behind,” explained Godfrey.

While cloud adoption via G-Cloud many have slowed down, it is likely that the desire to digitise the civil services, as outlined in TechUK’s latest manifesto, will drive more cloud adoption in the public sector.

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25 September 2014 | 3:27 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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