We haven't had chance to blog recently, as we've been busy making sure things went smoothly for the G-Cloud 4 framework. But we want to start giving you more regular updates on the progress we're making since G-Cloud came over to the Government Digital Service. With this is mind, now's a good time to tell you about what we're hoping to achieve over the next couple of months.
The story so far
G-Cloud was set up to be a new platform for the public sector to buy ICT [contracts - products and supporting services], specifically cloud services, in a simpler, clearer and faster way. The CloudStore is the front-end that allows buyers to browse through a wide range of suppliers who offer services including; Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (Paas), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Specialised Cloud Services (SCS). The store has been through several iterations as needs have grown and this won't stop.
It's getting bigger
Over the last 18 months the number of suppliers and services has increased, along with the awareness of the store. To date there are over 800 suppliers (83% of this being SMEs), 7000+ services, and an impressive £44.7M in sales (with 63% of the contracts to SMEs). While that's a great start, we're hoping to see these figures rise even more as we build on what we've learned.
On Monday the G-Cloud 4 submission period closed, on time, and we had a great response. It will be a month before the framework goes live and we can tell you how it's gone. But it's been really positive to see suppliers coming back as well as new suppliers looking to join us.
Since G-Cloud moved over to GDS, it's secured a permanent budget and we've got a great team in place. We want now to take some time to review how things have gone, get some more user feedback and understand how we can continue to improve sales and engagement with buyers and suppliers.
Keep an eye on the blog for updates and how to get involved.