Government launches new Digital Marketplace

A new Digital Marketplace that helps the public sector buy IT services from a wide range of suppliers has been launched.

The Marketplace provides a new single place for the public sector to access and buy IT commodities and services – such as site analytics and hosting services – from G-Cloud. It has replaced the current CloudStore and will be the single store for buyers for the second iteration for the Digital Services framework when it launches in the new year. The launch coincides with the next step in the G-Cloud framework’s development, with G-Cloud 6 now open for applications.

The simple design of the new Digital Marketplace makes it easier for buyers to find what they need when they need it. It has been built using an agile, user-centric design approach, meaning that it can be continually adapted and improved based on users’ feedback.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude, who gave a demonstration to show how easy it is to use the platform, said: “As part of our long term plan this government has been levelling the playing field and opening up digital procurement to the widest range of suppliers including SMEs. We know that the range of frameworks and stores can be confusing. That’s why the new Digital Marketplace, which makes it clearer, simpler and faster for the whole of the public sector to buy digital products and services when it needs to, is a vast improvement for both supplier and customer. This will ultimately lead to the delivery of better services for the public, and means that we can continue to work with a range of quality suppliers of all sizes.”

Executive Director of GDS Mike Bracken said: “We are developing a whole new of way of buying digital. Modern services need to be continually iterated and improved to meet users’ needs. And we need a platform that allows us to flexibly commission what we need to deliver those services, drive down cost and drive up value. The Digital Marketplace demonstrates that we can build a service that meets these needs and allows government to work with a wide range of innovative suppliers of all sizes.”

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