Forthcoming technical framework will define ‘component elements’ for the supply of products and services while monitoring applications for G-Cloud ii framework
A guest blog on the G-Cloud site from the End User Device Programme has laid out how the End User Device Programme is running its procurement approach.
The post, by Glynis Baldridge, an official on the programme team explains how the End User Device Programme (EUDP) is working with the Government Procurement Service to run procurement activity for desktop services.
The blog explains that although there are a number of existing frameworks that can be used, they only partially meet the strategy, so the programme is looking to put in place a number of contracts with best-in-breed suppliers across the complete end user device spectrum.
According to Baldridge, the basis for the contracts will be to focus on the end user roles, using component elements as defined in a shortly to be published “technical framework” to supply products and services for each role type, and seek multiple suppliers to deliver solutions for one or more of those roles.
At the same time, Baldridge added, “We are keeping a close eye on the applications to join the G-Cloud ii Framework, where there is an end user device service under Lot 3 for suppliers able to provide cloud services to meet the EUD Strategy. We will shortly know what suppliers and services are to be made available through the CloudStore, and we will be able to start to talk to other suppliers who we think should be applying to future G-Cloud frameworks.”
EUDP said its commercial principles, which the contracts will need to meet, are “in line with the Central Government procurement principles, which are, in no particular order, better engagement with SMEs (small, medium enterprises); focus on business outcomes; short flexible contracts with minimal exit costs: re-use of existing frameworks; value for money and total cost of ownership take precedence over price; prices based on best estimates of volumes.”
EUDP added that it will be holding a number of supplier meetings over the coming weeks and months with both existing and potential new suppliers “to ensure that as wide a range of ICT suppliers are as fully aware of our plans as possible.”
Meanwhile, the CloudStore has warned that with less than 48 hours to go before the deadline for submission of tenders to the Tender Authority to become part of G-Cloud ii, organisations should expect a high level of interest in the framework and a high volume of applications to the Emptoris portal. It recommends that organisations should consider logging in and completing their response, with any attachments, well in advance of the 3pm deadline on the 31 of August.