https://digitalmarketplace.blog.gov.uk/2017/01/19/g-cloud-9-a-provisional-timetable/

G-Cloud 9: a provisional timetable

Suppliers will be able to apply to offer their services through G-Cloud 9 (G9) in March 2017 and we expect that G9 services will be available to buy on the Digital Marketplace in May.

To give interested suppliers a chance to plan their applications, we’re sharing the provisional timetable of G9 dates now. These dates may change slightly.

The timetable

Date Activity
07.03.17 G-Cloud 9 is open for applications
07.03.17 Clarification period starts
28.03.17 Clarification period closes at 5pm (BST)
04.04.17 5pm (BST) deadline for publishing answers to supplier questions
11.04.17 5pm (BST) application deadline
08.05.17 “Suppliers are told the result of their application ('intention to award')
09.05.17 10-day standstill period begins
18.05.17 10-day standstill period ends 11.59pm (BST)
22.05.17 We expect G9 services to be available in the Digital Marketplace

All existing G-Cloud suppliers need to apply to G9

When G9 services go live on the Digital Marketplace, all G-Cloud 7 and G-Cloud 8 services will be removed. All existing suppliers who want to continue offering G-Cloud services need to apply to G9.

How the G-Cloud application process will be changing

To apply, a supplier needs to give information about their:

  • company, by making a ‘supplier declaration’
  • services, by answering a set of questions about them

If you’ve completed a supplier declaration on the Digital Marketplace in an earlier application, you’ll now be able to reuse and review those answers for your G9 application.

In our blog about our G9 alpha, we said we’d investigate how we can help suppliers describe their services more clearly. We hope that by doing this it will be easier for buyers to find what they need. We’re doing user research to understand how different users think about cloud technology and this is helping us define a new list of questions for suppliers. The new questions are designed to collect information from suppliers in a way that enables buyers to:

  • get more useful search results
  • compare services more easily
  • make more informed decisions

We’ll share this new list of questions before applications open to help suppliers prepare, and we’ll talk more about this in a blog very soon.

Starting a G9 application

Although you won’t be able to start your online application until March, you can create a Digital Marketplace account now. We’ll let everyone with an account know when they can start their application.

30 comments

  1. I McIntyre

    with the sentence "When G9 services go live on the Digital Marketplace, all G-Cloud 7 and G-Cloud 8 services will be removed", it's suggested GCloud 9 will be the first Framework that does not co-exist with a previous iteration. Is that correct and if so, what is the strategic rationale for that decision?

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    • Laura Flannery

      Hi Ian,

      Thank you for your comment. We'll be sharing more information on this in a blog very soon.

      Thanks,
      Laura

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  2. Gaurav

    Hello,
    Is it possible to know whether Cyber Essentials will be a mandatory requirement to apply for G-Cloud 9?

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    • Laura Flannery

      Hi Gaurav,

      Cyber Essentials is not a mandatory requirement for G9 but you will be asked if you are certified.

      Thanks,
      Laura

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  3. Mrs F

    Planning ahead...do you have any further information on the query made I McIntyre 20/1 relating to "When G9 services go live on the Digital Marketplace, all G-Cloud 7 and G-Cloud 8 services will be removed", It's suggested GCloud 9 will be the first Framework that does not co-exist with a previous iteration. Is that correct and if so, what is the strategic rationale for that decision?" I am particularly interested in understanding (as a G-Cloud 8 supplier) if we definitely do need to apply for G-Cloud 9. If so, how easily and quickly can we migrate existing information over. Thanks

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  4. Andy Evans

    Hello. I'm concerned about the time and effort required to complete Gcloud9 given that we spent a lot of time completing Gcloud8 last year. Why is the process being made an annual one rather than bi-annual? Also, how long will Gcloud8 last as we always onboard clients for 2 years, and reducing it to 1 will make it very challenging. Thanks

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    • Gemma Phelan

      Hi Andy,

      We have decided that G-Cloud 9 (G9) will replace G-Cloud 7 (G7) and G-Cloud 8 (G8). This means we will have consistent information about all services to bring more of the G-Cloud buying journey online. Buyers and suppliers will be able to use one set of contracts for all their G-Cloud services.

      For suppliers, this means that they must apply for G9 to continue selling their G-Cloud services on the Digital Marketplace. We’ll be removing G7 and G8 services from the Digital Marketplace when G9 services go live on 22 May 2017.

      Frameworks are usually refreshed every 9-12 months. Subscribe to our blog posts to keep updated.

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  5. Justin List

    There were rumours of increasing the 2 year limit on G-cloud to 3 years. Is this in G-cloud 9?

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    • Gemma Phelan

      Hi Justin, please submit this question about G-Cloud 9 through your Digital Marketplace account before 5pm BST on 28 March 2017.

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  6. Epsit (CSDC)

    Do suppliers need to create new Digital Marketplace accounts or can the existing ones be used?

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  7. Mike

    We are on Gloud 7 is there anyway the process to GCloud 9 can be streamlined?

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    • Gemma Phelan

      Hi Mike,

      If a supplier has completed a G-Cloud 8 or Digital Outcomes and Specialists’ supplier declaration on the Digital Marketplace in an earlier application, they’ll be able to reuse and review those answers for their G-Cloud 9 application.

      We have decided that G-Cloud 9 (G9) will replace G-Cloud 7 (G7) and G-Cloud 8 (G8). This means we will have consistent information about all services to bring more of the G-Cloud buying journey online. Buyers and suppliers will be able to use one set of contracts for all their G-Cloud services.

      For suppliers, this means that they must apply for G9 to continue selling their G-Cloud services on the Digital Marketplace. We’ll be removing G7 and G8 services from the Digital Marketplace when G9 services go live.

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  8. Gurjiv Khehra

    Hi CCS,
    You appear to have sent a little panic across some parts of the public sector with this announcement, so let me clarify if I may:

    I presume you mean that any Public Sector Body that has already agreed G-Cloud 7 and G-Cloud 8 Call-Off Agreements and Call-Off Contracts respectively, these will survive their respective Framework Agreements to the extent of their individual expiry dates. This announcement only affects awards that take place on or after the date the G-Cloud 9 Framework Agreement goes live, in which case all Call-Off Contracts awarded will fall under the G-Cloud 9 Framework Agreement by definition as the sole remaining Framework Agreement under G-Cloud.

    Regards

    Gurjiv Khehra
    Contractsonline Ltd
    http://www.contractsonline.co.uk

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  9. Peter Chatwin-Parr

    Hello,

    You mention in the timetable above that G-Cloud 9 will be open from today. With this in mind can you let me know if this is still on track as I fail to see where we can begin to undertake our application.

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  10. Laura

    Do you need a new Digital Marketplace account if you already have one for the Digital Outcome and Specialists framework?

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    • Gemma Phelan

      You can use the same supplier account for Digital Outcomes and Specialists and G-Cloud frameworks on the Digital Marketplace.

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  11. Clio

    Hi,

    Have G-Cloud 9 applications opened today?

    Regards,

    Clio

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  12. Richard

    Is G-Cloud 9 now open for applications as per the timetable above?

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  13. Adam

    What are the commercials and costing around GCloud 9?

    Thanks

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  14. Chris Williams

    You said on 9/3/17 that it is usual to 'refresh' Frameworks every 9-12 months - does that mean that the answers to previous versions (7 in our case) can be uploaded in one go for us to edit/refresh - if so how do we do that?
    Or by refresh do you mean start all over again answering every question from scratch ?

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  15. Jaci Hale

    Can you explain in detail how I can access the questionnaires that our Company completed for G-Cloud 8. As everyone will appreciate it takes a lot of work to complete an application answering questions that were only asked last year.

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