Digital Outcomes/G-Cloud: An update from the Crown Commercial Service
As you may know, the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is updating its digital solutions, based on customer feedback, to provide an easier experience when working through the procurement process. One of the ways they are doing this is through the development of a new digital service that will provide the platform for buyers to access a number of commercial agreements, including DOS 6 and G-Cloud 13.
CCS has been user testing the new digital service for some time, and this has identified further feedback and insight that needs to be considered in more depth before it can be rolled out. They have therefore had to take the very difficult decision to delay the launch of both commercial agreements until later this year to allow an improved digital experience on a stable platform.
Any live procurements (DOS 5 and G-Cloud 12) will continue, and any new procurements can start and be seen through to award.
Once the testing has been concluded on the new digital service, CCS will communicate further to provide the dates that the new agreements (DOS 6 and G-Cloud 13) will be launched. The delay to the new agreements will be mitigated by a corresponding extension to the end of the agreement to give the same time period in which to contract.
No action is required from suppliers and further details will be issued as soon as more information is available. A more detailed set of FAQs to help answer any questions, can be found on the CCS website.
Heather is Head of Central Government Programme at techUK, working to represent the supplier community of tech products and services to Central Government.
Prior to joining techUK in April 2022, Heather worked in the Economic Policy and Small States Section at the Commonwealth Secretariat. She led the organisation’s FinTech programme and worked to create an enabling environment for developing countries to take advantage of the socio-economic benefits of FinTech.
Before moving to the UK, Heather worked at the Office of the Prime Minister of The Bahamas and the Central Bank of The Bahamas.
Heather holds a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP, a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from LSE, and a BA in Economics and Sociology from Macalester College.
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Ellie joined techUK in March 2018 as a Programme Assistant to the Public Sector team and now works as a Programme Manager for the Central Government Programme.
The programme represents the supplier community of technology products and services in Central Government – in summary working to make Government a more informed buyer, increasing supplier visibility in order to improve their chances of supplying to Government Departments, and fostering better engagement between the public sector and industry. To find out more about what we do, how we do this and how you can get involved – make sure to get in touch!
Prior to joining techUK, Ellie completed Sixth Form in June 2015 and went on to work in Waitrose, moved on swiftly to walking dogs and finally, got an office job working for a small local business in North London, where she lives with her family and their two Bengal cats Kai and Nova.
When she isn’t working Ellie likes to spend time with her family and friends, her cats, and enjoys volunteering for diabetes charities. She has a keen interest in writing, escaping with a good book and expanding her knowledge watching far too many quiz shows!
Leontina joined techUK in March 2020, where she is now heading up the organisation’s Health and Social Care programme. At the moment, she is also completing an MSc in Health Policy at Imperial College London.
A former journalist, Leontina previously worked for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as an associate editor for its International and Media divisions. There, she covered the EMEA region for Healthcare IT News, MobiHealthNews and HIMSS TV, with a focus on policy and innovation, and contributed to the Women in Health IT newsletter and HIMSS Insights eBook.
Outside of work, she enjoys reading, dancing, travelling and visiting her family in Romania, where she hails from.
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