Part 2: Will G-Cloud 8 be the last iteration for a while?
Part 2 of 6 In our previous post we discussed how to improve on G-Cloud (see here) ...
We asked, how can suppliers join the framework when they like, add and edit services when they want and amend adjust prices without manual intervention from the civil servants?
Well there is an answer! Use what’s called a Dynamic Purchasing System. This allows the buyer:
– to keep the door open longer than the usual 35 days to new & existing entrants providing quality services
– allows new services to be approved quickly (if automated within 24 hours!) giving a refreshable pool of services & providers
– allows services to be easily removed
– allows services to be updated & refreshed by just submitting new versions of the services.
So what’s stopping Government from using this system on all its Commodity frameworks? Legislation & Staffing Overhead were the usual reasons given (and quite right too as we have experience of running these elsewhere in Government in previous consulting roles). CCS has given it a go for HMRC in regards to Executive Search – look here for interesting docs and background. However with the updating of the procurement regulations in 2015 and GDS remit to remove manual processes in Central Government it should be a no brainer to be honest. Will we see it for G-Cloud 8? Yes we fervently hope so!
Ok – so far so good, now why the attention grabbing “…last iteration of G-Cloud for a while?” headline? Well a Framework agreement can have a maximum life of 4 years. Standard G-Cloud frameworks last for 12 months and are out every 6 months to allow for new entrants and a service refresh. However if you are allowed to leave the door open to applicants under a Dynamic Purchasing System why wouldn’t you just make G-Cloud 8 open for 2 years? Therefore removing much buy & sell side expense for 3- 4 more iterations / tender processes and meet two of the biggest challenges G-Cloud faces according to the supplier market? If this happens then it could well be a while before we are on (G) Cloud 9!
We welcome feedback on this blog and are planning to address the other 4 items in the next few weeks. If you are a new vendor looking to understand if the framework is right for you or a non-selling current G-Cloud vendor looking to get a return on your investment please contact us for a 1-2-1 chat or register for our forthcoming webinars on