G-Cloud 12: What’s new?
With G-Cloud 12 now open for supplier applications, we've looked through the documents and highlighted four main changes to the framework.
Now in its 12th iteration, G-Cloud is the go-to way for suppliers to get their cloud related technology in front of the public sector. With over 4000 suppliers getting listed on G-Cloud 11, we’re expecting a similar -if not bigger – turn out for G-Cloud 12.
So, with the doors opening on another round of applications (suppliers have until 22nd April to get all of their submission completed), we’ve checked through the documents and picked out the big changes for G-Cloud 12. Here’s what you need to know.
Meeting AI standards
This is a change to the Call-Off stage of the G-Cloud 12 procurement process. A new clause states that suppliers who hold or work with government data will now need to meet ‘buyer requirements in respect of AI ethical statements’. We’ve seen Artificial Intelligence become a big part of digital transformation in 2020 already, and the introduction of standards for the technologies is something somewhat expected.
The standards are given by GDS to public sector buyers, to ensure that how they use AI within their digital services and transformation is fair, secure and ethical. You can read this guidance for buyers here.
G-Cloud 12 more open to hardware
Another one of the changes this time around is some clear clarification around the supply of hardware through G-Cloud 12. Beforehand, CCS stated that suppliers must not have hardware as an additional service to their offering. However, with this iteration CCS have clarified that hardware can be provided if integrated and specifically designed with the G-Cloud Service. It’s worth noting that hardware still CANNOT be procured or utilised separately, only as part of an overall service offering.
We’ve said it before, Service Definitions!
We’ve already mentioned this one before, as it’s quite a big change for those without one! Service Definitions were confirmed by CCS to be mandatory for all services on G-Cloud 12. This means that every listing needs a more in-depth document explaining the service and how it works. Be careful though, these are not a way to market the product but they do have to be clear and understandable. CCS have provided some guidance on additional documentation for G-Cloud, including the Service Definition, and what they should include.
Updated G-Cloud 12 reporting process
With G-Cloud 12 CCS have made it much clearer on what suppliers need to do when completing their Monthly Information Reports. MI Reports are an important part of keeping CCS informed of contracts that suppliers have through G-Cloud, and are a mandatory part of the process. Part of these clarifications to the process include a stricter process that CCS will take if the MI Reports aren’t completed – this can include suppliers being charged, suspended or even have their G-Cloud contract terminated.
There are more updates than this, but tend to be centred around clarifying certain aspects of the framework agreement or contexts. We always recommend suppliers read through the tender documents carefully each time they apply for G-Cloud. But hopefully now, it’s a bit more evident what to expect with G-Cloud 12!