Consultancy criteria tightened in G-Cloud 7 tender

The Crown Commercial Service has clarified the rules for suppliers providing consultancy services under lot four of the G-Cloud framework, the seventh iteration of which was released today.

The tender for G-Cloud 7 – estimated to be worth £200m – was published this morning on the Official Journal of the EU, 10 months after the G-Cloud 6 tender was unveiled.

Today’s latest iteration introduces more detailed criteria on which specialist cloud services can be offered through lot four, which by June had made up £26.7m of the £34.3m cumulative G-Cloud spend since launch.

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Services offered under lot four will now need to fall under the remit of the following headings:

Business Analysis
Skills to identify and analyse organisational needs and how transferring some or all existing IT systems to cloud based systems could increase efficiencies and savings.

Legacy to cloud rationalization
Services designed to support organisations which have identified potential efficiencies in moving legacy IT solutions or infrastructure to the cloud

Design / consultation
Cloud based system(s) designs inclusive of iterative design, development and ongoing maintenance of existing cloud services.

Transition management
Services to manage the actual transfer, inclusive of the on-boarding and off-boarding of data and end user training.

Service management
The continuous management for a customer’s cloud solutions.

CESG certified cyber security consultancy
The consultancy services offered will include one (or more) of the following categories:
— Policy & Standards
— Risk Assessment
— Risk Management
— Security Architecture
— IA Methodologies
— Incident Management
— Audit & Review

The framework makes it clear that co-location, non-cloud related and bespoke digital project build services, as well as hardware will be excluded from the framework.

It is understood that the government has told suppliers that it wants such services to be provided through other relevant frameworks offered by CCS.

The deadline for bids for a place on the framework has been set for 6 October.

In February, the government announced that 1,453 suppliers had been appointed to the G-Cloud 6 framework – read the full list here

Colin Marrs

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