G-Cloud iii procurement to start next week

News Jane McCallion Jan 4, 2013
Cloud with green tick
Cloud with green tick

Third iteration of Government cloud framework gets go ahead, with procurement due to start soon

The next procurement round for G-Cloud is expected to begin next week, ahead of the launch of G-Cloud iii later this year, the Cabinet Office has confirmed.

The news follows a Government review of ICT strategy, which was carried out shortly after the launch of G-Cloud ii in October 2012.

The review process meant the implementation of G-Cloud iii was postponed from its initial December launch date with no new timescale announced.

However, the Cabinet Office said in a blog it was “pleased to confirm the good news that G-Cloud iii has been given the green light to go-ahead” and was currently in the process of producing the necessary tender documents.

It was announced that three additional sub-categories are to be added to the latest iteration of the framework, which are being introduced in response to buyer feedback. They include identity services, service integration and service management tools, and software support.

Kate Craig-Wood, CEO of hosting provider Memset, which is both a G-cloud supplier and was involved in the consultation process that led to the framework’s creation told Cloud Pro: “Having different categories of [software as a service (SaaS)] does make sense and it is one of the approaches we suggested early on ... and it is good to see them introducing more.

“However, it does mean [the Cabinet Office] are themselves limiting innovation, to an extent ... because they want things to be comparable and comodotised, but at the same time they do not want to exclude a lot of SaaS products because they do not fit in a particular category. So I will be quite interested to see how that evolves.”

While the Office’s blog announcing the G-Cloud iii go-ahead states the next procurement round is expected begin in the coming week, a spokesperson was unable to confirm an exact date to Cloud Pro at the time of publication.

The next procurement round for G-Cloud is to begin week commencing 7 January, ahead of the launch of G-Cloud iii later this year, the Cabinet Office has announced.

The news follows a Government review of ICT strategy, which was carried out shortly after the launch of G-Cloud ii in October 2012.

The review process meant the implementation of G-Cloud iii was postponed from its initial December launch date with no new timescale announced. The delay and lack of new delivery date led some in the industry to conclude G-Cloud iii was dead.

However, the Cabinet Office said in a blog it was “leased to confirm the good news that G-Cloud iii has been given the green light to go-ahead” and was currently in the process of producing the necessary tender documents.

It was also announced that three additional sub-categories are to be added to the latest iteration of the framework, which are being introduced in response to buyer feedback: identity services, service integration and service management tools, and software support.

Kate Craig-Wood, CEO of hosting provider Memset, which is both a G-cloud supplier and was involved in the consultation process that led to the framework’s creation told Cloud Pro: “Having different categories of [software as a service (SaaS)] does make sense and it is one of the approaches we suggested early on ... and it is good to see them introducing more.

“However, it does mean [the Cabinet Office] are themselves limiting innovation, to an extent ... because they want things to be comparable and comodotised, but at the same time they do not want to exclude a lot of SaaS products because they do not fit in a particular category. So I will be quite interested to see how that evolves.”

While the Office’s blog announcing the G-Cloud iii go-ahead states the next procurement round is expected begin in the coming week, a spokesperson was unable to confirm an exact date to Cloud Pro at the time of publication.