(Incidentally, just because it's called G-Cloud doesn't mean that all or even most of the things they are spending money on are "cloud computing" services, but then that's a big fuzzy bullshit word anyway. Pretty much everything these days involves putting things on the Internet, so I guess it could be claimed to be cloud computing since there are computers hooked up to The Cloud, formerly known as the Internet).
The problem is that quite a lot of technological spending by the government isn't on commodity stuff but on custom development work. And because of the procurement process, that often doesn't get done in a lean manner. (But I don't know, I'm just a developer. I only play a bureaucrat on TV.)
Interesting some of the companies are very dependant upon there goverment contracts and looking at some It looks like they were born out of them. I'm sure somebody more versed in company background checks could provide more insight into the onteresting choices and somebody who currently active in pen testing could provide a better insight into how this data can be leveraged.
Still at least its out there to be discussed, kudos to the goverment for that.
Interesting that Huddle was paid GBP 442,429 (around USD 700k) in the 5 months. Their annual turnover at April 2011 was GBP 1,568k so that's a sizable amount (although they've grown since then). It seems that the government might consider a better negotiation strategy given how much their spending with Huddle.
(Sad to see that Huddle requires the calling of a premium rate number in the UK. It's like expecting US customers to call a 1-900 number to speak to sales)
Strategic acquisitions for government? Perhaps they should buy them out and nationalise!