The Government Digital Service (GDS) has unveiled plans to rebuild the CloudStore in a bid to broaden its scope beyond the G-Cloud and include other digital frameworks used by the public sector.
Essentially an online platform for government buyers to search for products and suppliers on the G-Cloud framework in a transparent and easy way, CloudStore has proved to be popular since its launch in 2012 and has since undergone three rebuilds.
A call-off notice explains that a new build is required to cope with increased demand going forward.
“The current version of CloudStore is insufficiently robust to accommodate GDS's future roll-out plans that would lead to increased traffic and usage,” it states.
“The CloudStore has been successful and has had to cope with a growing volume of data beyond initial predictions; it is nearing capacity and design limits.”
GDS explains that it also intends to extend the feature set of CloudStore so that incorporates a broader range of frameworks, not just including G-Cloud, to become a 'Government Digital Marketplace'. It is likely that this 'broader range of frameworks' would include the recently launched Digital Services Framework.
“It is perceived that this work would be risky to undertake with the current codebase, and may not be technically possible,” states the call-off notice.
The contract estimates that the project will last for four months.
The CloudStore and the government's ongoing work to digitise transactions and public services are an attempt to increase competition in Whitehall's supplier base (namely to boost the number of SMEs involved in procurement), whilst saving hundreds of millions of pounds in taxpayers money and making it easier for citizens to engage with the government.
For example, GDS recently unveiled a number of new online services that have been transformed and will become available to the public – including a voter registration system, which will go live from June.
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