Government to launch digital marketplace in September

The government’s digital marketplace is due to go into alpha testing in the coming days, ahead of live user testing in September

The government’s digital marketplace is due to go into alpha testing in coming days, ahead of live user testing in September.

At a roundtable event in London this morning, Tony Singleton, G-Cloud and digital commercial programme director, said the digital marketplace is due to go into alpha testing on Monday 16 June.

At the roundtable, hosted by Skyscape, he explained, this alpha testing would go on throughout the summer, with plans for a public beta to go live in September.

In February, the Government Digital Service (GDS) announced plans to build a government digital marketplace to include the CloudStore and other digital frameworks.

The CloudStore, an online framework for the public sector to search for suppliers on the G-Cloud framework, will become the Government Digital Marketplace. It will be extended to include a number of other digital frameworks including the Digital Services Framework and the framework for the Public Services Network.

A call-off notice from the Crown Commercial Service has stated the current CloudStore offering needed to be future-proofed and rebuilt to include other frameworks.

“The current version of CloudStore is insufficiently robust to accommodate GDS’s future roll-out plans that would lead to increased traffic and usage (targeting availability of 99%),” the tender said.

In the month before the GDS announced its plans, Computer Weekly revealed GDS was dropping the G-Cloud brand as it caused too much confusion.

Changing the brand from G-Cloud will distinguish the framework as a service catalogue rather than a cloud service, as it is sometimes incorrectly perceived.

But the framework is also referred to as the CloudStore, which can be interchangeable with G-Cloud, leading to more confusion.

The G-Cloud programme was launched in 2012 with the aim of making it easier for public sector bodies to buy cloud services. The CloudStore is where users can go to view and buy products from suppliers that are part of the G-Cloud programme.

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