Tony Singleton, Chief Operating Officer of the GDS, cited a 2013 survey that found 80 per cent of local authorities have never heard of G-Cloud. This is despite more than 1,000 suppliers now being listed on G-Cloud, and total sales on the platform reaching £78m in almost three years, with savings estimated to be around 80 per cent (coincidentally), versus traditional IT procurement models.
Mr Singleton explained that “We want to start working with partners across local authorities so we can get everyone to understand what G-Cloud is, so we can start to make savings in local government as well as central government”. He admitted that, while it has shown considerable improvement, the current front end of the G-Cloud website is “very clunky”, but affirmed that “We are working on a new version of that now, both to make it easier for suppliers to upload information and for buyers to find out exactly what they want to buy”.
SMEs still take the lion’s share of the revenue, with more than half – £43.7m of the £78m total spend – going to smaller firms. However, the larger individual contracts still go the way of the companies such as IBM and Microsoft.
With the next phase of G-Cloud to launch in mid-February, how will local and central government best make use of the available savings? Find out answers to this question, and many more, at Ovum’s Public Sector Enterprise Insights in London on 13th March. There is an entire stream dedicated to Lean Procurement, Negotiation and G-Cloud, as well as streams on Digital Strategy Leadership, Digital Transformation, Next Generation Innovation, Tools and Data Governance. The event is free to attend for public sector executives, so join us there to firm up your ongoing IT strategy, reduce costs and deliver improved services through digital innovation.