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DIGITAL MARKETPLACE

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Savant has been on the Government’s Digital Marketplace since 2014.

The Digital Marketplace provides easy access to Savant’s range of services, saving your organisation time and money in the procurement process. Li_LAC, MATACO and SSC software services are available via G-Cloud Framework.

If you are a public sector organisation, you can also procure Savant’s services for implementation, migration, support, testing and consultancy of cloud-based services from the UK Government’s Digital Marketplace.

Savant is able to deliver the following services via the Digital Marketplace:

  • Database cloud migration consultancy
  • OpenVMS migration to the cloud
  • Oracle and SQL migration to the cloud.

And much More…

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About The G-Cloud Framework

The G-Cloud Framework is signed by all suppliers offering cloud services on the digital marketplace, it supports the government’s policy to centrally manage the procurement of common goods and services through an integrated procurement function at the heart of the government.

About The Digital Marketplace

The digital marketplace is an online catalogue of the services available for purchase via the G-Cloud Framework. It includes the core features and prices for the services – as well as supplier terms and conditions.

About The Crown Commercial Service

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has brought together the goverment’s central commercial capability into a single organisation, amalgamating goverment procurement services with other commercial teams from the cabinet office and central goverment departments. 

What is the Digital Marketplace?

 

The Digital Marketplace is an online service that allows public sector organisations to find the right suppliers and companies to work with on digital projects. The Digital Marketplace is a service run by the government, and allows all arms of government workers to access a range of products, suppliers and services and simplifies the procurement processing making it easier for businesses to access government contracts.  The Digital Marketplace can be used to source both people and technologies required for digital projects.

As well as traditional public sector organisations, agencies, non-ministerial departments, non-departmental public bodies, executive agencies, and other bodies, such as public corporations can use the Digital Marketplace to issue contracts for their digital project work.

Instead of being run by independent marketplace operators like many C2C marketplaces or BC marketplaces, the UK Digital Marketplace is run by the UK government, more specifically, the Crown Commercial Service (CSS). The digital platform is designed for use specifically by government and public sector buyers, making buying services in these sectors as simple as possible.

Buying and Selling on the Government Digital Marketplace

Suppliers must apply to sell services and be compliant with the existing Government Digital Marketplace framework. This means that suppliers on the Digital Marketplace will have had to apply to the framework to offer their services on the platform. The Digital Marketplace is open to all public sector organisations, including agencies and bodies that work on an ‘arm’s length’ basis.

The service offering of the Digital Marketplace includes three key areas:

  • Cloud software and services (the G-Cloud framework)
  • Digital outcomes, digital specialists, and user research services (the Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework)
  • Physical data centre space (the Crown Hosting Data Centres framework)

At Savant, we specialise in G-Cloud and Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework services. This includes our Li-LAC, Mataco and SSC products as part of the G-Cloud framework. Our software development, testing, integration, migration, and OpenVMS services, among others, are part of the Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework.

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Buying services on the Digital Marketplace

Any public sector organisation, agencies, and other bodies can buy services using the Digital Marketplace.  Users of the marketplace will need to create an account to find a supplier.  Depending on the kind of services that is being purchased, the buying process will differ.

In order for buyers to make the most informed choices, the Digital Marketplace has a range of useful information regarding the process within each of the different frameworks :-

Working out what services you need

For buyers within public sector organisations, planning before buying on the Digital Marketplace is of the utmost importance.   You can determine how long a project will take and the high-level requirements by working with both procurement and technical professionals in advance of choosing a business to partner with on the Digital Marketplace.

Some important factors to consider include budget constraints, the technical requirements of the project (divided into the basic must-have requirements, and additional functionalities that are desirable, but not mission-critical to the success of the project).

ganisations, planning before buying on the Digital Marketplace is of the utmost importance. You can determine how long a project will take and the high-level requirements by working with both procurement and technical professionals in advance of choosing a business to partner with on the Digital Marketplace.

Some important factors to take into account include budget constraints, the technical requirements of the project (divided into the basic must-have requirements, and additional functionalities that are desirable, but not mission-critical to the success of the project).

You should then set out specific criteria to base your choice of provider on once you have all this information.

Getting funding approval

The Government Digital Service (GDS) manages funding approval for almost all projects in the public sector, including projects on the Digital Marketplace.   When buying services on the Digital Marketplace as a public sector organisation, you must also make your decision-making process auditable internally and by the GDS, if required.

Savant – Our Services on the Digital Marketplace

Project management is tough, and particularly in the public sector.  Timelines and funds need to be closely monitored and are regularly audited, so choosing a supplier you trust is of the utmost importance.

At Savant, we have been working with public sector organisations on the Digital Marketplace since 2014.  This has provided us with an exceptionally strong understanding of the needs of public sector projects and organisations.

When services on the Digital Services 2 (DS2) framework became available in August 2015, government buyers had access to 169 suppliers, including Savant. At this time, most Digital Marketplace suppliers are based in London, whereas we have always been based in our home in Cumbria, making us unique on the Digital Marketplace.

In April 2016, the government’s Digital Marketplace brought in a new framework for suppliers – Digital Outcomes and Specialists, which resulted in a rise in the number of suppliers on the marketplace.

After the new framework was introduced, statistics showed there were 1,261 suppliers, and 52% of them were new to the Digital Marketplace. There is now also more diversity in the Digital Marketplace, with companies being spread far more consistently across the UK, which we are exceptionally proud to be a part of.

Savant has also been accepted onto the latest digital marketplace framework for both cloud software and services (the G-Cloud framework), and digital outcomes, digital specialists, and user research services (Digital Services & Outcomes 6). This makes our presence on the Digital Marketplace is futureproofed, we are forever evolving in line with government and sector best practices.

To learn more about what we do, or about our Digital Marketplace services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team!

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