https://digitalmarketplace.blog.gov.uk/2014/08/18/moving-from-cloudstore-to-digital-marketplace/

Moving from CloudStore to Digital Marketplace

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As you hopefully now know, Digital Marketplace will replace CloudStore and be the new home for G-Cloud services.

Digital Marketplace is reaching a stage which allows us to consider making it the route for G-Cloud purchases. We are considering a staged approach to its launch and will be making sure there is a 4-week transition period during which people will be able to choose whether they buy through CloudStore or Digital Marketplace.

We plan to start the transition period by the end of August 2014. Provided the transition goes smoothly we aim to switch off the CloudStore by the end of September 2014.

What this means for buyers

  • Please go and have a look at the Digital Marketplace
  • Try it out and give us feedback to enquiries@digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk
  • If you’ve bookmarked some useful links on CloudStore, you might want to consider updating those bookmarks with the equivalent links on Digital Marketplace

What this means for suppliers

  • By now you should have received your account activation email from the Digital Marketplace. If you haven’t activated your account please do it and, if you can’t find the email, get in touch and we will send you a new one
  • Check your G-Cloud 4 and G-Cloud 5 services are present on your dashboard and that all the relevant documents are available
  • If you link to your service on the CloudStore from anywhere then please update the links to the Digital Marketplace

Thank you

We also want to say a big thank you to everyone who has already provided feedback and participated in user research. Your help has been invaluable and even this morning helped us catch an annoying bug we hadn’t noticed before. We still need your help before this service goes live. Please keep looking, sharing, and joining in with user research when you can.

What's next

The first phase of the Digital Marketplace has focused on making it easier for buyers to find services that meet their requirements.

We will now be focusing on improving the functionality for suppliers.

8 comments

  1. Helen

    Hello, we are company who wants to get on g-cloud 6. There seems to be a lot of changes at the moment and a lot of the blogs are talking to suppliers who are already on g-cloud. Please can you tell me how these things will affect getting on to g-cloud 6 as a new supplier and the timeframes involved?

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    • Raphaelle Heaf

      Digital Marketplace is just replacing CloudStore, the frontend site where services can be bought.
      A new opportunity to submit to G-Cloud will be in the Autumn and we will publish more details with any changes highlighted as soon as we have more information.

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  2. S Chatterton

    Hello, we have heard rumours that G-Cloud6 will be delayed until the end of the year. Can you confirm that the intention is still to enable new suppliers to join G-Cloud via the Digital Marketplace in Autumn (end of October?).

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    • Raphaelle Heaf

      G-Cloud 6 will be open in October. As soon as we have more details we will post them here.

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  3. Armindo Cachada

    Hello,

    It is now October. Is the exact date for G-Cloud 6 already known?

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    • Raphaelle Heaf

      We are expecting the OJEU to open for submissions towards the end of the month.

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  4. Andrew Cairns

    Hi Raphaelle,

    Just to confirm then that G-Cloud 6 will be open for submissions by the end of October (you say OJEU in your response above). When do you anticipate that G-Cloud 6 will subsequently be open for business?

    Many thanks.

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    • Raphaelle Heaf

      It is anticipated that the framework will go live in Digital Marketplace in January 2015.

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