As we announced in our blog post at the end of last year, it’s full steam ahead for Giii. Today we can confirm the launch and timetable of the next procurement round for applications to join G-Cloud, with the OJEU notice available online next week. It’s just short of a year since we went live with the first framework, back in February 2012, and we’ve achieved a lot so far, including:
- an innovative and streamlined procurement process, to make buying easier
- launch of the CloudStore with a transparent and competitive marketplace, which now offers over 3,200 cloud services
- more than £4m in sales to the end of December; with over 60% of this going to SMEs
- Pan-Government Accreditation of 25 services with many more in the pipeline
- providing a greater choice and flexibility to buyers and helping them obtain value-for-money services
- a model for success for other procurement frameworks to follow to make it easier for ICT suppliers – particularly SMEs – to do business with Government through a more efficient and simpler procurement.
Since the start of G-Cloud, our intention has always been to run procurements every 3-6 months, so as to encourage a regular influx of new suppliers and refreshed services. We believe this is the best way to drive competition, provide greater choice and flexibility for buyers, and help the public sector to deliver better value and more responsive services for citizens and businesses across the UK.
How is Giii different from Gii?
We listened to the feedback received from suppliers and buyers from the first two rounds of the procurement and have introduced some new features and innovations to support Giii, while retaining others from Gii, as we work towards a standardised process, and to keep it simpler for buyers. Feature of Giii include:
- an increase in the total value of potential spend on the G-Cloud framework to £200m, up from £100m
- maintaining the Framework and Call-off lengths, and Lot structure from Gii (12 and 24 months and four Lots, respectively) for consistency.
Building on the findings of the Government review of the effectiveness of ICT procurement frameworks, and buyer feedback, we’re seeking to strengthen representation on the framework in the following areas:
- Identity services
- Service integration and service management
- Software support
- Business Process Automation
We’re also introducing an improved ITT application process and revised terms and conditions:
- following our public discussion on the revised terms and conditions in October 2012, we are planning to make these a standardised set going forward, including improved wording in the Data Protection clauses to ensure that they more fully take into account the complexities of cloud computing
- a new online ITT submission form, pre-populated for existing Gii suppliers with their service information. We hope this will make it easier for those suppliers who want to roll their services over with little or no change, and easier for new suppliers to submit their bids
- a new and improved order form and Call-off Agreement.
As with previous procurement rounds, Giii will be conducted in open and fair competition in line with EU procurement regulations, open to all suppliers.
Key planned milestones are:
- 11/1/13 : Publication of the OJEU Contract Notice
- 11/1/13 : Release of the ITT to Potential Providers
- 11/1/13 : Clarification period starts
- 14/1/13 : e-Sourcing Portal opens
- 08/2/13 by 15:00 : Clarification period closes
- 14/2/13 by 15:00 : Deadline for the publication of responses to Clarification questions
- 21/2/13 by 15:00 : Deadline for submission of Tenders to the Authority (“Tender Submission Deadline”)
- 29/3/13 : Intention to award notification issued to successful and unsuccessful Potential Providers.
- 29/3/13 to 15/4/13 : 10 day standstill (in accordance with Regulation 32)
- End of March 2013 : Expected “Commencement Date” for Framework Agreement(s)
How do I apply?
Existing Gii suppliers:
You can choose to remain on the Gii framework (running until the 27th October 2013) or “roll-over” your services to Giii. If you want to refresh or add new services under Giii, any rolled-over and new services will all need to be submitted as part of your tender response. We will pre-populate the online ITT submission form with your existing company details and services (as at the point of the Gii submission) to make it easier for you to roll-over, and if you don’t want to bid for Giii you should ignore this.
If you previously registered for the Gii event on the GPS eSourcing Suite you will automatically be sent an invitation to participate in the Giii event and will not have to re-register. If you did not participate in Gii you will need to follow the instructions contained within the OJEU Contract Notice to register with GPS for the Giii event.
Suppliers bidding for the first time must follow the tender process and submit the services that they would like to offer to the public sector on a utility basis or as outcome-based services for Lot 4 (Specialist Cloud Services). You will need to register for the online ITT submission form when this is released next week.
Keep watching this space, as we will keep posting new information and guidance. In the meantime, a high-level overview of the steps involved can be found here.