Total G-Cloud sales top £1.57bn by October
First publication of monthly Digital Marketplace figures since September shows ongoing trend of central government-driven sales and updated spend for defunct Digital Services Framework
Monthly Digital Marketplace spending figures that have been updated for the first time since September have found G-Cloud sales reached £1.57bn by October this year.
On a value basis, 76% of all sales through the framework were driven by central government demand, according to the figures provided by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS).
On the same terms, 55% of recorded sales through the framework since its initial launch in 2012 have gone to small and medium-sized enterprises SMEs. This figure rises to 64% on a volume basis, according to the updated data.
The update also noted that sales through the now defunct Digital Services Framework (DSF) have risen to £91.95m by October, with central government again driving demand by providing 85% of funds spent. Spend through the defunct framework, which was devised to allow the public sector to obtain digital project expertise, was recorded at £82.1m in August.
With DSF replaced by the broader Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) agreement in May, the rise in spend figures is understood to represent ongoing contracts that were in the process of being finalised at the time the framework was closed to new opportunities, according to the Cabinet Office.
DOS, launched in April this year in what was described as its “earliest usable” form, has replaced the second iteration of the DSF in order to provide a wider number of commissioning functions, such as user research and the hiring of skilled individuals or teams to help with public sector digital projects.
With CCS committed to launching a second iteration of the framework in February, it is unknown at present if the Cabinet Office intends to provide similar spending figures for the framework in the future.
There is likely to be strong interest in spending through the framework, which is one of the key components of the Digital Marketplace platform.