Supply chain Fred Heritage · 3 December 2015
G-Cloud 7 sees more SME IT firms gain government contracts
The number of UK SME IT suppliers providing the government with cloud-based solutions has increased with the release of the latest version of the G-Cloud framework, it has been announced. The framework’s new version, dubbed G-Cloud 7, is hailed as being more friendly to smaller suppliers of IT services than previous versions, with latest figures demonstrating that 11 per cent more SMEs have been awarded a place on it than on the previous version, G-Cloud 6. According to a governmental blog post, 95 per cent of the 709 new suppliers on G-Cloud 7 are SMEs, compared with 89 per cent of the 516 new IT suppliers awarded a place on G-Cloud 6. G7 has attracted a higher number of new suppliers than any previous iteration, the post said. G-Cloud 7 went live on 23 November, there are over 2, 500 suppliers now signed up to the framework. Set up in 2012, the G-Cloud framework aims to move government away from signing longer-term multi-year deals with large tech companies to use the services of smaller home-grown IT firms instead. Research director at the International Data Corporation (IDC), Massimiliano Claps, said that the framework is helping to disrupt the habit of public sector IT buying.
ABOUT THE EXPERTFred Heritage
Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.