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IBM was the biggest supplier of government tech in Q1 2018

IBM has topped a new ranking of the biggest suppliers of public sector tech, winning more than £93m worth of awards in the first quarter of 2018 alone.

The US tech giant won five government contracts in the first three months of the year, including a single Ministry of Defence contract worth £80m.

It was trailed by Fujitsu (£79m), Syntel (£37m), Mercator IT (£37m) and Softcat (£36m), according to analysis provided by Tussell. Softcat clocked up 35 contracts over the quarter, more than any other IT supplier.

The top 10 suppliers won £389m worth of awards, 39 per cent of the total value of awards made. Over the last twelve months, 65 per cent of suppliers were SMEs, versus 62 per cent in the previous year, suggesting the government is slowly improving the diversity of its tech vendors.

“Our data sheds light on some of the biggest IT & Telecoms suppliers, but it is important not to overlook the fact that nearly 500 SMEs also won IT & Telecoms contracts in Q1,” said Tussell founder Gus Tugendhat. “With more than a billion pounds worth of awards due to expire in the next 12 months, there is significant potential for firms of all sizes to win new contracts.”

In addition to the £1bn of awards due to expire, 76 frameworks worth £4.4bn could be renewed in the next 12 months.

NS Tech and Tussell provide a weekly roundup of the biggest public sector tech contracts, awards and suppliers. Read the latest here.