Digital Outcomes and Specialists 5: What we know so far
With Digital Outcomes and Specialists 5 opening early October, here's everything we know already. This blog should give suppliers a bit of a head-start with the framework!
Crown Commercial Service recently dished out some updates on the upcoming Digital Outcomes and Specialists 5 (or DOS5, as it’s also known) framework. So, we put this alongside the other info we know already, and combined our thoughts on what suppliers should expect from the framework.
When does Digital Outcomes and Specialists 5 open?
We’ve already spoken about how DOS5 had been delayed, largely due COVID. Whilst we normally expect our Digital Marketplace frameworks to refresh in the summer, the dates were rescheduled for September/October this year. Last week though, CCS confirmed the expected timeline for DOS5:
|Fri 9th October||DOS5 opens for applications|
|Fri 30th October||Clarification question deadline|
|Fri 6th November||Clarification question answers published|
|Fri 13th November||Applications close|
|Tues 5th January 2021||Suppliers notified if successful|
|Weds 6th January to Tues 19th January||Standstill period|
|Weds 20th January||DOS5 goes Live|
*note that these dates are provisional and CCS can change them.
Will there be any changes to the scope?
We’re not expecting any changes to how the framework is run. So, this means Digital Outcomes, Digital Specialists and User Research Participants will still be the three core Lots for the framework.
Are there changes to how suppliers apply?
Again, this is highly likely to be the same! Applying for Digital Outcomes and Specialists has always been very straight forward. This is because the hard work – and information from suppliers – comes when bidding on respective opportunities, not when getting listed. This means that rather than spending lots of time getting everything ready for application, suppliers should be using their time to make sure they know how to win business with DOS and can effectively respond to tenders.
Are buyers still using DOS?
Most definitely. With £2.3bn being spent through DOS to date (it began in 2013) – and £1.1bn of that being spent since 2019 – it’s most certainly become a trusted and used route to procurement. COVID-19 obviously effected the way in which the public sector did procurement, but services and outcomes are still needed. So we are still seeing the business go through DOS, a quick and easy way that buyers already know!