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Buyers spend £4m through G-Cloud programme so far

Charlotte Jee Published 17 December 2012

Big spenders include DWP, NHS CfH, DEFRA and British Council


November sales under the G-Cloud programme totalled nearly £390,000, a tenth of the total sales so far of £3.96m, according to figures published by the G-Cloud team. In comparison, October saw total sales of £877,550.

According to the sales figures, NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) has made a series of acquisitions over the past few months, spending a total of £526,994 in September, October and November combined, with IT consultants BJSS.

The British Council also made a number of purchases through the framework, spending a total of £131,900 in October with Drupal open source specialists Ixis.

Other notable buyers in central government include the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which has spent £638,653 with agile IT consultancy Emergn.

Emergn has also signed contracts with the Department for International Development (DfID), the Driving Standards Agency, the Highways Agency, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), and the Student Loans Company.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is another notable G-Cloud buyer, having spent £80,570 in October with global IT firm Steria and, in October and November, made acquisitions worth a total of £87,721 with management consultancy firm Foden Grealy.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) made its first purchase through the framework in November, signing an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) contract for its GEMS Online system with Skyscape Cloud Services, which has also won £39,574 business with the Cabinet Office.

Indeed, a large number of central government departments can now be counted as G-Cloud buyers.

The MoJ has made purchases through the framework, along with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Home Office, DfID, Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), and Wales Office.

10 Downing Street and the House of Commons have also made acquisitions.

Local government bodies that have purchased through the framework include Devon County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council, Suffolk County Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Hampshire County Council, Luton Borough Council, and Oxfordshire County Council.

Also, notably, a significant number of government organisations have made purchases of collaboration and content management solution Huddle through Ninian Solutions.

Huddle buyers include BIS, DEFRA, MoJ, DWP, the Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Crown Prosecution Service.

According to the G-Cloud blog, the projected savings hoped to be achieved through the framework per annum total £20m for 2012-13, £40m for 2013-14 and £120m for 2014-15. The team also expect significant savings £20m for 2012-13, £60m for 2013-14 and £80m for 2014-15) to be made through data centre consolidation.

Denise McDonagh, director of the G-Cloud programme, said, "With G-Cloud, we are building a competitive marketplace populated by suppliers - over 70% of whom are SMEs - who constantly improve the quality and value of their solutions, from niche SME products to large-scale hosting capacity. As for savings, quicker, more flexible, procurement cuts costs; and transparent pricing structures are seeing providers reduce service costs to match prices on CloudStore.

"Recent sales figures are further demonstration of the public sector's growing willingness to embrace low-cost cloud services."

A new iteration of G-Cloud, G-Cloud III , is expected to take shape over the next few weeks.

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