Digital services – Crown Commercial Service announcement on G-Cloud 9

Written on 17 Feb 2017

All businesses supplying (or interesting in supplying) digital services to government should take note of the Crown Commercial Service’s latest update on G-Cloud 9 (G9).  The 9th iteration of G-Cloud, the CCS framework and route to market for all government buyers of cloud-based services and support, contains some important changes from previous iterations.

Amongst the most important changes in G-Cloud 9 are the following:

  • Fewer frameworks: G9 will be the sole framework moving forward, meaning G-Cloud 8 will come to an end when G9 goes live.  G7 is already due to expire in May.  This means there will in future be no overlap of G-Cloud frameworks.
  • Fewer lots: There will only be three lots under G9: ‘Cloud hosting’, ‘Cloud software’ and ‘Cloud support’
  • More questions: Suppliers can expect to have to provide more information on their services as part of the G9 application process.  Draft questions for suppliers have been released and CCS is looking for suppliers’ feedback by 22 February 2017.  The draft questions are available here.
  • More service categories: The number of service categories will be expanded for G9 to allow suppliers to more accurately describe their services.
  • More charges: CCS will be increasing its service charge under G9 from 0.5% to 0.75%.

The government’s full announcement is here.

Supplier applications open in March and CCS will be posting further updates before then.  If you have any questions in relation to G9 or selling your digital services to government, please get in touch with one of our experts.