From G-Cloud 11 to G-Cloud 12
In this in-depth piece, we look at where the framework has come from and where it's going - from G-Cloud 11 to G-Cloud 12!
G-Cloud 11: What’s been bought?
With G-Cloud 12 applications just around the corner, here at Team AC we are geared up for the process to begin! This article will break down what’s happening with G-Cloud 11, where the spend is and what’s going on, and then look at how this is will move forward into G-Cloud 12.
So without further ado, here’s some of the business taking place with GC11…
Let’s start with a summary of the framework spend last year. In 2019, 61% of G-Cloud sales went through Cloud Support, 25% through Cloud Software, and 14% through Cloud Hosting. Secondly, we’re not surprised to see that Central Government spent the most through G-Cloud in 2019, with £809.5M (77%). In second place is Local Gov with a total spend of £80.5M (8%), closely followed by the Health sector at £75.5M (7%). These sectors, of course, make up the majority of the total spend on G-Cloud 11– so it’s certainly worth being listed on the framework if you target any relevant departments.
Thirdly, it’s extremely promising to see that 39% of sales made through G-Cloud in 2019 were awarded to SMEs, smashing Government’s target of a 30% small business spend. What is more, if we look at the total G-Cloud spend throughout its lifetime, the SME spend is now at 44%! In short, G-Cloud is the place to be for small and medium businesses.
Now for the interesting bit – the most popular types of tech and relevant services that were procured through the framework last year:
Technology and digital transformation consultancy
Always a popular one, which covers a lot of ground. Most of the top suppliers on the framework have provided, and continue to provide, consultancy surrounding digital transformation; including Capgemini, Deloitte, PA Consulting, IBM and Equal Experts.
Cloud migration services
Similarly, more and more government departments are recognising the need for cloud migration, therefore turning to G-Cloud. Top suppliers in 2019 included UKCloud, Entserv UK and AWS.
Application development for biometrics
This is where things start to get a little more interesting. Throughout 2019, the Home Office have been working with Mastek to provide “strategic application development” to the Home Office Biometrics (HOB) programme. Digital Identity is certainly an area of tech to keep an eye on in 2020.
Defence Tech and consultancy
For example, last year Carbon60 were awarded a £6.3M contract by The Royal Navy Command and Control division. In addition, Leonardo, a company who provide defence and security services in the aerospace industry, won a £7.3M deal with the Home Office.
What to expect from G-Cloud 12?
As you’ve heard, G-Cloud’s 11th iteration is well underway and, as you can see, there is a great deal of value in the framework – with the total spend to date being over £5.6 billion! But what can we expect from the next iteration? To answer this, we’ve done a bit of digging to see the types of tech we can expect to be procured through G-Cloud 12.
From the public sector procurement plans that we have come across – published by several Central and Local Government departments – there are three key categories that have sprung up more than once:
This area is broad, but definitely worth noting. There are some high-value SaaS contracts that buyers are aiming to put through G-Cloud 12, including HM Passport Office’s procurement of a platform development and support team for £4.9m. The Home Office are also looking for a Criminal Investigation Digital Record Exchange (CIDRE) system replacement, at a value of £1.2m. What is more, The Education Authority, a Northern Irish organisation, have detailed plans to procure a teaching support software for £1m.
There are a number of planned procurements – namely from the Home Office – centred around identity management. To name a few, these are:
- Digital Services at the Border; DevOps Capability – £2.93m
- Managed service provider for the Home Office Biometrics programme – £2.88m
- SMS Text Messaging for Passport Online Renewals Services – £1.4m
- Virtual queue management solution to manage anticipated registration demand spikes upon launch of EU resettlement scheme go-live – £140,000
If you’re a provider of identity management or citizen data solutions, it will certainly benefit you to be listed on GC12.
Digital transformation support
Cloud adoption and relevant digital transformation services are always popular on G-Cloud, with 70% of the framework spend to date going through Lot 3. Examples of relevant procurement plans for the next year include the Home Office’s need for an “organisational change service for Cloud Adoption” at a value of £366,800. In addition, Gloucestershire County Council’s Digital transformation goals – spanning patient record development, expansion of their digital library services, and developing digital skills within the community – have a planned value of £950,000.
Of course, this information only scratches the surface when it comes to G-Cloud procurement plans; with a spend so vast it’s hard to predict exactly what will go through the framework. However, hopefully this brief overview of the current pre-procurement information that has been published, will get you up-to-date with the journey from G-Cloud 11 to G-Cloud 12.