G-Cloud has had a great number of successes recently, which shows how it is transforming the way the public sector buys commodity IT services. These include:
- total sales so far reaching over a quarter of a billion pounds
- a total spend of £136m to SMEs
- the average spend so far this year running at £22m per month
- at least 356 new jobs in SMEs created as a result of G-Cloud
The team will be focusing on some important things over the next few months.
One of the biggest milestones will be the opening of Digital Marketplace for business. We released the alpha in May and have been incorporating regular feedback from buyers and suppliers who have come along to the GDS user research lab. By far, most comments from buyers are about how much easier it is to find the service they are looking for.
We are currently concentrating on making it clearer, simpler and faster for suppliers of all sizes to submit their services as part of the submission for G-Cloud 6.
The next iterations of the G-Cloud and Digital Services frameworks
We’ve had several enquiries about the next iteration of the G-Cloud and Digital Services frameworks. These will both be launched by the end of October, with the aim of getting the new frameworks in place as early in 2015 as possible. At the same time, we will be moving the Digital Services Store to the Digital Marketplace. This will mean that there is a single place to go for cloud-based software, infrastructure, platforms, and the people and teams needed to help design and build digital services on a per-project or phase basis.
We are holding a number of regional events for buyers and suppliers for all government departments and the wider public sector. I will be talking about the benefits of the cloud and how it can transform the way in which people buy and deliver IT services through the G-Cloud framework. We will also be giving suppliers advice about how they can get onto both the G-Cloud and Digital Services frameworks and what’s in it for them. These events will be held around the country and are free to attend. To find out more, look out for upcoming locations and dates on our blog. I am looking forward to meeting you and sharing the G-Cloud story.
We want to hear from you and help you spread the word about cloud benefits. We recently heard that the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead completed a full cloud implementation in 14 months, spending just £100,000 setting it up. The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust who didn't renew a tender because it was “not in compliance with sound financial management”, used G-Cloud instead.
We want to hear more about successful suppliers like the 29 who have created 356 new jobs, including SMEs such as Arcus Global who have more than doubled in size, and Ixis, whose business profits have grown by 50% last year as a result of G-Cloud. It is these stories direct from the people who have seen the benefits that we want to support and help share.