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The Cabinet Office has put into motion the roll out of G-Cloud iii, which is expected to be completed at the end of March.
Cloud providers were invited to tender their services for the third iteration of the cloud procurement hub on 11 January, which also marked the start of the clarification period.
There have been several changes made to the service, both in response to feedback from G-Cloud suppliers and buyers, as well as a Government review, the Cabinet Office has claimed.
One of the major differences between G-cloud iii and its predecessor is the total value of potential spend on the framework. This has risen from £100 million to £200 million this time around.
The Cabinet Office has also introduced four new service categories for G-Cloud iii: identity services, service integration and service management, software support, and business process automation.
The organisation said it would also be introducing revised terms and conditions with improved wording in the data protection clauses “to ensure they more fully take into account the complexities of cloud computing.”
The Cabinet Office said: "Since the start of G-Cloud, our intention has always been to run procurements every 3-6 months, so as to encourage a regular influx of new suppliers and refreshed services.
“We believe this is the best way to drive competition, provide greater choice and flexibility for buyers, and help the public sector to deliver better value and more responsive services for citizens and businesses across the UK,” it concluded.
Industry watchers, including Alastair Mitchell, CEO of Huddle, and Kate Craig-Wood, managing director of Memset, have previously told Cloud Pro they welcomed the quick turnover, saying it reflects the speed at which cloud technology is progressing.
G-Cloud ii will continue to run until 27 October this year. Those wishing to continue to offer services after that point will need to join G-Cloud iii. Further information on the tender process can be found on the G-Cloud blog.