The Government Digital Service (GDS) has had a “great response” from suppliers during the fourth round of G-Cloud procurement.
The deadline for submissions to secure a place on G-Cloud 4 recently closed and GDS has indicated that the new framework will be live in one month’s time.
The G-Cloud team, which was recently integrated with GDS and has received a boost in resources, continues to spearhead Whitehall’s recent cloud-first policy. The G-Cloud supports this by offering the public sector a wide variety of commodity cloud-based products, which are easily viewed and purchased via an online catalogue, Cloudstore.
A new blog posted on the G-Cloud website states: “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.”
A huge part of the government’s plans for the G-Cloud involve including more SMEs in doing business with the public sector, something which is reflected in the vast number of smaller businesses signed up to the previous frameworks.
Some 83 percent of the 832 suppliers signed to the framework are SMEs and to date there has been £44.7 million worth of sales via CloudStore.
The latest blog also states that GDS has secured a permanent budget to support the framework. However, the G-Cloud team told Computerworld UK that the value of this isn’t fixed yet and will be flexible depending on the needs of the programme as it develops.
Finally, GDS said that it is collecting feedback on how it can make improvements to G-Cloud.
It said: “We now want 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.”
Computerworld UK recently learnt that since the G-Cloud team has moved under the control of Mike Bracken within the Government's Digital Service, plans have been developed to rebuild the online purchasing tool. It is thought that the newly-built G-Cloud will include everything from Software-as-a-Service products to pencils.