Special Report: More G-Cloud frameworks on the way for ICT suppliers

Recruiters providing ICT services to government are likely to have to go through G-Cloud procurement framework in the future, according to the Cabinet Office and recent comments from a government minister.

The aim of G-Cloud is create a government marketplace of cloud services – called the CloudStore, for cloud-based services.

The process follows a number of stages

1.Suppliers submit bids for the services they wish to supply

2.Government then evaluates and selects suppliers based on the responses provided and creates a framework agreement with the successful companies

3.Government then conducts mandatory assurance checks and undertakes an accreditation process for the successful services

4.Government buyers use the CloudStore to compare and select a service to meet their needs through a call-off contract.

A Cabinet Office spokesperson tells Recruiter: “Our aspiration is to run procurements on a regular basis to refresh the CloudStore offering, so that our customers continue to have access to the latest innovative services on the market at the most competitive price.

“G-Cloud procurements to date have offered excellent examples of how frameworks can be designed to include a diverse range of suppliers, with 74% and 75% respectively of the suppliers on the first two frameworks being SMEs.”

The spokesperson’s comments follow moves by the Cabinet Office to freeze all procurement frameworks as part of its review of the efficiency of framework agreements for SMEs.

Computer Weekly reports comments made by Liam Maxwell, deputy government CIO, at a recent roundtable event, in which he endorses the view that G-Cloud represents future of ICT procurement.

“CloudStore gives the most effective use of competition to market, more than any other framework. It gives the choice of the market and to the departments to realise better IT for much less money.”

Maxwell said the review would examine how to embed the best practice of G-Cloud in new frameworks.

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