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Huddle secures 89% of G-Cloud spend since launch

A number of central government departments have opted to purchase the enterprise alternative to Microsoft’s SharePoint

London-based software company Huddle secured 89 percent of the £453,778.38 that was spent in the first two months of the government's G-Cloud framework going live.

The government launched a CloudStore in February, which saw 257 suppliers signed up to the G-Cloud framework, offering 1,700 cloud services to the public sector, and catalogued within an online portal. The government has since revealed details of the second iteration of its G-Cloud framework, which will run for 12 months and is worth £100 million.

The G-Cloud team has this week published a blog post that details all the sales information for the first two months of the framework.

"We've decided to publish these figures regularly on here so it is clear that sales are being made through the framework which we hope will encourage more people to buy through the CloudStore and to demonstrate our commitment to enabling more emerging and SME organisations to supply IT to government and increase the number of examples of acceptable government IT," Eleanor Stewart, engagement manager of the G-Cloud Programme, wrote.

However, despite there being 257 suppliers on the CloudStore, start-up Huddle has secured six out of the 11 recorded sales, which equates to £402,125 of the £453,778.38 spent thus far. Purchasers of the SharePoint alternative include the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Huddle provides businesses with software that enables enterprise collaboration and content management.

"The fact that Huddle has secured 89 per cent of total G-Cloud sales so far is a clear indication that public sector organizations are now more than ready to make the move from costly on-premise legacy systems to innovative cloud-based technologies," said Simon O'Kane, VP of enterprise at Huddle.

"By enabling people to store, discover, share and work on content with others securely in the cloud, Huddle's intelligent collaboration platform is helping government departments to work together more effectively and we're delighted that we're now leading the way in an area that has long been dominated by integrators and technology goliaths."

The remaining 12 percent of spend is divided up between Microsoft, Emergn, Amee and GovDelivery.

However, it is worth noting that the total spend of £453,778.38 may not represent the maximum amount that has been purchased through the G-Cloud initiative, because there may still be un-recorded sales in the pipeline.

The G-Cloud blog states: "These figures cover the first two months of spend coming through the framework and we cannot guarantee that all the purchases are represented here - under the rules and regulations of the G-Cloud framework suppliers are requested to return details of spend that has been completed through the framework back to GPS, which often takes time so this information is only what's been reported to GPS."

Also, government CIO Andy Nelson said this week at a Cloud Computing conference in London that the G-Cloud team may be unaware of some sales being made through the CloudStore because departments are using it as a catalogue and then bypassing the framework to go to the supplier directly. This may mean that more sales have been made than the government is aware of.


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