Feeds

G-Cloud: Please excuse our 'overlapping' frameworks

We've moved beyond 'traditional' contracts, mmm'kay?

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The G-Cloud team says that in a move away from traditional frameworks, it is setting up "multiple overlapping frameworks" which it says are each compliant with the Official Journal of the European Union process.

A blog post on the G-Cloud website explains that bidding for G-Cloud contracts can become "unusual" – and that once the G-Cloud programme has gone through the OJEU process and set-up framework "we go and do it all over again".

The G-Cloud blog says that the market for cloud services changes all the time and the G-Cloud programme wants to keep up.

"And no, it's not a dynamic procurement system (DPS), it's a way of using frameworks to give some of the properties of a DPS without being one, " the blog insists.

The post goes on to explain to buyers that they need to have a set of criteria against which to judge suppliers. The message for suppliers is that they cannot switch from what has already been tendered. Although there is nothing to stop a buyer talking to suppliers, all they can do is clarify.

"No negotiation can occur as the offer on the CloudStore is fixed," the G-Cloud blog says. "In a simple case where two or more services meet the criteria the buyer must select the cheapest one. This way a buyer has fulfilled all they legally need to do to make a least cost decision."

This article was originally published at Government Computing.

Government Computing covers the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. For updates on public sector IT, join the Government Computing Network here.

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.