DOS4 Industry Briefing: What happened?
We joined Crown Commercial Service and dxw digital at techUK to discuss the upcoming Digital Outcomes and Specialists 4 framework. Here's what we found out...
We attended the DOS4 Industry Briefing on Thursday 20th June and some great talks taking place during the session, including from our Client Delivery Manager Ella Grant. There was also some great insight in what to expect with the next iteration of the framework!
Jose from Crown Commercial Service was in attendance to give some updates and what to look out for:
- In March, CCS launched their new website, with a new and improved procurement pipeline
- As previously announced, the Digital Marketplace will now be run by CCS instead of GDS
- The CCS Customer Services Centre will be taking over the first line support for frameworks, so you can speak to a designated team instead of emailing in
What’s new with DOS4?
There’s not much change to the upcoming 4th iteration of the framework. There will be the inclusion of suppliers having to declare that they are compliant with the modern slavery act. Plus the introduction of Intellectual Property Rights clauses to the agreement, among other new clauses.
The application process is expected to stay the same – and will still be held on the Digital Marketplace – and how the DOS framework works isn’t expected to change either. So, the only new thing to look out for is making sure you’re reading the supplier declaration and service questions carefully!
What is the timeline?
The biggest slice of information given in the session was that of the provisional timeline for DOS4. As predicted, it is due to open for applications in July and close in August, with the go live date in October.
|Applications open||8th July|
|Deadline for clarification questions||1st August|
|Answers to clarification questions published||8th August|
|Applications close||15th August|
|Successful suppliers notified||19th September|
|DOS4 goes live||1st October|
So with applications opening very soon, it’s time to get thinking about whether DOS is the right framework for you, and how you can make the most out of it.