Work on G-Cloud III due to start in January
Frameworks review gives green light to go ahead with next G-Cloud iteration
Following the completion of a review into government ICT framework agreements, the G-Cloud team has announced plans to start the next procurement during the week commencing 7 January 2013.
According to a blog post on the G-Cloud website, the frameworks review , which was announced at the end of October and ran throughout November and into early December, "meant that all new planned frameworks were paused, including the plans to launch G-Cloud III in December".
The review, which has now concluded, "looked at how effectively current and in-flight ICT frameworks are being used and was commissioned to ensure that existing and any new frameworks are achieving the best savings and are easier and faster for both buyers and suppliers, including SMEs."
The review axed three framework procurements- for application development, delivery and support services (ADDSS), hosting services, service integration & management services (SIAM).
However, announcing the review's conclusions, Bill Crothers, the government's chief procurement officer, said, "Frameworks which are already operating effectively and delivering significant change such as the Public Services Network (PSN) and G-Cloud provide a model for success and will continue."
The G-Cloud team are now "busily working away to get the necessary tender documents ready as soon as possible."
According to the blog post, following feedback received by the team working on G-Cloud, "we're planning to add extra sub categories to cover buyer needs which have been identified". The sub categories are identity services, service integration and service management tools, and software support.