G-Cloud 7 went live this week, and according to the award notice, the number of suppliers on the scheme reached 1,615, up 11 per cent on the 1,453 which were accredited on G-Cloud 6.
For those who came in late, the UK Government G-Cloud is an initiative targeted at easing procurement by government departments for cloud systems. The G-Cloud consists of is a series of framework agreements with suppliers, from which public sector organisations can buy services without needing to run a full tender or competition.
It started in 2012 and by May 2013 there were over 700 suppliers—over 80% of which were small and medium enterprises.
As you would expect, G-Cloud 7 has the usual suspects such as SCC, Computacenter, Kelway, Memset, Agilisys, Skyscape and Liberata.
Initially there were some problems after suppliers moaned about the framework placing restrictions on how much they can scale up their services, but it looked like the expected boycott never happened.
This is probably because filling in the paperwork for a G-Cloud application takes months and once you started you might as well finish.
But the strange thing about the framework is that few will make much dosh on it unless their sales teams are entirely focused on G-Cloud business.