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G-Cloud 9 suppliers wait on result of their applications

David Bicknell Published 28 April 2017

CCS expected to inform successful suppliers on May 8; CCS to work closely with public sector leaders group Socitm to ensure its procurement initiatives are effective for local government

 

Prospective G-Cloud 9 suppliers can expect to be told of the result of their application to join the framework on Monday week.

The timetable for G-Cloud 9 lists May 8 as the date when suppliers will be told of any “intention to award” with a ten-day standstill period beginning the next day.

G-Cloud 9 services are expected to be available in the Digital Marketplace from May 22. Those services are expected to include an increased contract length to a maximum of four years, comprising two years and two optional extension periods of 12 months each (“2+1+1”).

The extended length of G-Cloud contracts was discussed by public sector IT practitioners group Socitm at its spring conference this week.

The group’s president, Geoff Connell, Norfolk’s head of ICT & information management, also announced a partnership with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) in a move which it hopes will enable CCS procurement initiatives to be appropriate and relevant for local authorities.

The partnership was announced by Socitm because CCS is unable to comment publicly due to the restrictions of Civil Service purdah.

It is understood that Socitm is looking for member local authority CIOs and heads of IT to be on a “steering board” which would work closely to make the CCS relationship work.

Socitm director of policy & research Martin Ferguson used the conference to introduce new ‘Smart Places’ and ‘Location Intelligence’ research resources.

Ferguson highlighted the Smart Places project, a series of seven guides researched and written by industry expert and former Socitm president Jos Creese.

According to Creese, the guides offer ways to ‘apply the ideas and the best practice of smart cities to rural and semi-urban areas, including small cities and towns, whole regions and the whole nation’.

The suite of guides includes an introduction demonstrating how technology is the starting point in connecting infrastructure, business, communities, public service and individual citizens in ways that were previously impossible.

The Location Intelligence videos, created with geospatial experts ConsultingWhere, feature case studies where location intelligence is making a difference to public life. A Welsh government project led by Newport City Council and Cardiff City Council, has used location intelligence to detect council tax avoidance and fraud, generating £260,000 in revenue across the authorities involved. Using the figures from this particular scheme, Socitm believes more than £7m could be saved across England and Wales.

The two research projects signal a new direction for Socitm’s research and policy work, with the aim that these areas are further developed and expanded in the future, through close working with members and partners.

 







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