Government spends £2.3 million through Digital Services framework

The government has awarded nine contracts and spent £2.3 million through the Digital Services framework (DSf), according to figures released today.

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The government has awarded nine contracts and spent £2.3 million through the Digital Services framework (DSf), according to figures released today.

DSf was set up in November 2013 with a goal of helping the public sector to deliver digital services using agile methods.

The framework has 175 suppliers, 83 percent of whom are SMEs, according to a blog post on GOV.UK.

However, SMEs have only benefited from 30 percent of the spending that has been channelled through the framework so far: equivalent to just under £700,000.

By way of comparison, the first iteration for G-Cloud, which is also a ‘dynamic’ government framework, reported sales of over £2.7 million, roughly 70 percent of which went to SMEs.

The fifth iteration of G-Cloud launched this week, offering the public sector a choice of over 1,500 suppliers, 88 percent of which are SMEs, and 17,000 services. The framework has recorded £175 million in sales since it was launched in February 2012.

The DSf team are in the final stage of signing off requirements for the next iteration - dubbed ‘DSf 2’- and will then publish an OJEU notice and open submissions, the blog post explains.

The Cabinet Office is currently working to set up the 'Digital Marketplace', which will comprise G-Cloud and DSf, with a ‘beta’ version due to go live by the end of July.

“The Digital Marketplace will replace the current CloudStore for G-Cloud 6 – which we expect to be live in Autumn 2014. The Digital Marketplace will then become the single store for buyers for the second iteration for the Digital Services framework,” the Government Digital Service’s digital commercial programme director Tony Singleton said in a blog post last week.

This single framework will allow public sector buyers to buy both commodity cloud-based services and digital capabilities from the same place, which makes sense as they are often ‘used as part of an overall project’, Singleton explained.

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