The latest from the G-Cloud 10 supplier briefing
Our M.D. Chris, reports back on the G-Cloud 10 supplier briefing at TechUK. Find out the latest updates from CCS, on what changes are in-store for G-Cloud 10 & any updates on the timeline...
As some may know I was asked to present yesterday at the “What’s next for G-Cloud 10” event at TechUK. We had hoped that Rob Macleod of Crown Commercial Service would be delivering his “swansong” G-Cloud 10 presentation before he sails off into retirement in July, but he was waylaid with illness, so his shoes were ably filled by Liz Freeman & Sandra Milburn. For those that don’t know Rob he has been involved in G-Cloud since the very beginning and has been a fantastic servant to Public Service procurement for a long time. He has an unusual level of pragmatism and humour about him and I have always enjoyed our engagements. His presence will be missed!
The session at TechUK was aimed at informing the market of what the content for G-Cloud 10 would be, including additions, changes & the timetable for procurement. This was delivered by CCS however I was asked by Rob Driver to present to a mix of attendees (70% of whom were already on the framework and about 50% of those were selling) on our Top Tips on making a success of G-Cloud. Given our track record to date below….
The main purpose of the event was to inform the market as to G-Cloud 10’s plans which we summarise below:
Basically G-Cloud 10 will be a re-run of G-Cloud 9 with the addition of GDPR clauses & the re-introduction of Cyber Security back into the framework.
This was removed for GC9 due to the fact that CCS had launched a separate framework cunningly titled Cyber Security Services. But it looks like that’s not going to be coming back anytime soon.
My only gripe on this is that the Digital Marketplace is still unable to carry over services from one version to the next. This means that you, as a supplier, have to re-submit all your service information. That’s no bad thing if you need to update, but is a laborious and time consuming task (especially if you are Lot 2 Cloud Software supplier) if not. Your supplier declaration is, however carried over so that’s one less task.
The timeline was confirmed as follows:
So, it’s all hands to the pumps for next Wednesday!
The presentations were split with very lively Q&A sessions ably marshalled by Rob Driver of TechUK. One of the best was around what our views are on what are the hot problems that UK Gov will be trying to solve in 2018/19. For Central Gov there really is only one challenge that’s pressing, and that’s Brexit. If you are a supplier of a solution that can help with that then you stand to get good airtime I’d suggest.
There were also great questions on contract length and the WPS refusal to engage with G-Cloud in any meaningful depth. I understand the recording will be made available sometime today on TechUKs website so you can check them out there.
So, we await Wednesday 18th and the intense period that a G-Cloud submission process brings to us.
Good luck to everyone with their G-Cloud tender submissions!