And We’re Off! G-Cloud 9 Open!
Today’s the day! G-Cloud 9 is officially open for applications! Unlike previous years, suppliers only have 35 days to submit their information – who are you and what do you sell?
Telling buyers in the public sector about your service has always been notoriously difficult – cloud tech can be complex to understand and difficult to implement in an authority who still uses legacy IT.
But do not fear – because G-Cloud 9 has introduced revised lots and new supplier questions that will hopefully give you a better chance of describing your service, and buyers a better chance of understanding you! So, this year, buyers will be able to:
- get more useful search results,
- compare services more easily
- make more informed decisions (via Digital Marketplace)
This is great news for suppliers who truly have incredible, transformative services to offer! You could come out right on top of 2,700+ companies. The important thing is really nailing your submission – the public sector won’t give you a second thought unless you tick all their boxes and, remember, all buyers can go on is your listing (and maybe your website). It’s (sort of) like the tree in the woods – if your ISO27001 officially accredits you, but no-one in your team remembers to tick that box, did it make a sound?
We’ve seen many “catastrophic fails” in our time. With the changes to G-Cloud 9 and the confusion it’s stirred, it’s very possible that suppliers will be non-compliant left, right and centre. That’s why we have taken extra steps this year to reach out to those in the industry, to give lots of free advice based on the research we carried out with our partners and our extensive experience. Our Best Practice Guides (P1, P2) are our shining example of a one-stop shop for G-Cloud tips. From compliance and optimisation, to marketing and selling, there are do’s and don’ts every step of the way.
Being the helpful bunch we are, here is the timeline for the whole process – put it on your fridge if you must! Just don’t leave it to deadline day.
|7th March||G-Cloud 9 is open for applications|
|7th March||Clarification period starts|
|28th March||Clarification period closes at 5pm (BST)|
|4th April||5PM (BST) deadline for publishing answers to supplier questions|
|11th April||5pm (BST) application deadline|
|8th May||Suppliers are told the result of their application ('intention to award')|
|8th May||10 day standstill period begins|
|18th May||10 day standstill period ends|
|22nd May||Services available on the Digital Marketplace|