Microsoft would like to draw your attention to the announcement of the UK Government’s new Digital Services Framework which has been put together jointly by  Government Procurement Service (GPS) and the Government Digital Service (GDS) specifically to support the Government’s Digital Strategy. This provides an opportunity for Microsoft partners to do business directly with customers right across Public Sector.

This Framework will provide the ability for PS customers to procure a range of “agile” Capabilities and Roles. Capabilities include Agile Delivery Management, Front-end and Content Design etc. Roles include Developer , TAs, PMs, Designers, Web Ops, Security, DB and network specialists etc. 

Suppliers must develop digital services adhering to the Government Service Design Manual and that meet the Digital by Default Service Standards . A description of the differences between the G-Cloud Framework and the GDS Framework can be found here.

If you have not yet registered, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk   by following the link ‘Register for GPS eSourcing’. Please note that to register you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet).  Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respond-tender  Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for this specific procurement. This is done by emailing ExpressionOfInterest@gps.gsi.gov.uk who will provide access to the full tender documentation.

If you have any further question please contact Daniel Batts in the Microsoft Public Sector team at daniel.batts@microsoft.com