Today we can confirm the launch and timetable of the next procurement round for applications to join G-Cloud, which is called G-Cloud 4 (G4). The OJEU notice can be found here.
What’s new in G-Cloud 4?
Building on the feedback we’ve received from suppliers during the G-Cloud iii (Giii) procurement, we’ve made some improvements to the Invitation to Tender process (ITT) process, in summary:
- Clearer instructions on how to apply for suppliers new to G-Cloud
- Clearer instructions on how to carry forward services for suppliers already on G-Cloud ii (Gii) or Giii
- The use of two systems for tender submissions:
- Government Procurement Service (GPS) eSourcing suite for responses to mandatory questions to meet procurement regulations
- Government Digital Service (GDS) Service Submission Portal to make it easier for suppliers by ensuring documentation is a mandatory upload so there is no possibility of suppliers failing compliance for non-submission of documents. This will make the process of uploading documents to the CloudStore simple.
- Pre-population of company details and service information in the Service Submission Portal for current G-Cloud suppliers.
How to apply
As with previous procurement rounds, G4 will be conducted in open and fair competition in line with EU procurement regulations, open to all suppliers. Applications are open now and the next step will depend on whether you’ve already registered with GPS.
Planned tender milestones:
|06.08.13||Publication of the OJEU Contract Notice|
|06.08.13||Clarification period starts|
|06.08.13||e-Sourcing Portal opens|
|04.09.13 at 15:00||Clarification period closes|
|13.09.13 at 15:00||Deadline for the publication of responses to Clarification questions|
|23.09.13 at 15:00||Deadline for submission of Tenders to the Authority (Tender Submission Deadline)|
|16.10.13||Intention to award notification issued to successful and unsuccessful Potential Providers.|
|17.10.13 to 28.10.13||10 day standstill (in accordance with Regulation 32)|
|29.10.13||Expected Commencement Date for Framework Agreement(s)|
- Suppliers already registered on the GPS eSourcing suite should express their interest in this framework by emailing ExpressionOfInterest@gps.gsi.gov.uk, detailing their organisation’s name and interest in the G-Cloud 4 framework, Reference: RM1557iv
- Suppliers not registered on the GPS eSourcing suite will first need to register with this service which will be used to manage the ITT process. Once registered, you should send in your expression of interest email (as above).
- Once your ‘expression of interest’ has been received, you will receive an email from GPS with instructions to login to the eSourcing suite. Once logged in, you will need to accept the ‘invitation to tender’ to gain access to the documentation you need to proceed.
G-Cloud ii suppliers:
If you are currently only on the Gii framework, you should apply to G4 to ensure continuity for your services, as the Gii framework will expire on 27 October 2013. After this date, if you have not applied for G4, you will no longer be a G-Cloud supplier.
G-Cloud iii suppliers:
You can choose to remain on the Giii framework (running until May 2014) or carry forward all or some of your services to G4. If you want to carry forward, amend or add any new services under G4, you must follow the tender process and submit all these services as part of your response. We will pre-populate the Service Submission Portal with your existing company details and services to make it easier for you if you decide you would like to bid for G4. You must submit all required attachments for your bid to be compliant.
If you are bidding for the first time you must follow the tender process and submit the services that you would like to offer to the public sector on a utility basis or as outcome-based services for Lot 4 (Specialist Cloud Services), as per the definitions outlined in the ITT documentation.
G-Cloud and Digital Services Framework
G-Cloud provides access to commodity, cloud-based services. The Digital Services framework will allow government customers to commission bespoke digital services via Government Digital Service / Government Procurement Service (GDS/GPS). Current and new suppliers can continue to offer all the G-Cloud Lot 4 Specialist Cloud Services (SCS) except under the category ‘Agile: development and management’, which has been removed to streamline the way we display services on the CloudStore to make it easier for buyers to find the appropriate services for their needs. Existing G-Cloud and new providers of commodity-based development services, can choose to submit under alternative categories of Lot 4 SCS. As part of our ongoing review of user needs we may revise the future scope of ICT procurements
Keep watching this space, where we will post new information and guidance as it arises.