Third iteration of procurement framework for digital services development expected to go live in September
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has confirmed that a third iteration of its Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework will open for supplier applications later this year.
It will be open for bids in July with an anticipated ‘go live’ date in September.
This follows the recent news that G-Cloud 10, the procurement framework for cloud computing services, will open for bids in April.
The Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework is focused on suppliers that can research, design, build, test and deliver software applications and digital services. CCS said that since its launch at the end of April 2016, it has included over 1,850 opportunities for suppliers to do business with the public sector.
Almost £280 million has been spent through the framework since its inception, with over £100 million going to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The current version of the framework has 2,018 suppliers, with 94% of them SMEs.
Niall Quinn, director, technology strategic category for CCS, said: “We have listened to feedback from suppliers and customers and decided to go ahead with re-letting Digital Outcomes and Specialists in line with our original timescales. This will give customers access to the very latest services, and ensures that current suppliers and new bidders, including smaller businesses, have the chance to work with the public sector.”