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ICT marketplace opens for business

Sarah Putt, Contributor. 27 September 2018, 4:23 pm

The Government's new digital procurement channel, Marketplace, is now open for business, with suppliers invited to register on its website.

The first channel is Public Cloud Services (Saas), and includes the categories analytics and business Intelligence, collaborative working, creative design and publishing, marketing and project management and planning.

"The Marketplace simplifies how the NZ Government buys ICT and lowers the barriers for suppliers to provide us with services - in short the Marketplace makes it easier for suppliers - large and small - to do business with government," the tender document notes.

According to information on its website, Marketplace is open to New Zealand and overseas companies, and they don't need to have an existing contract with government to provide public cloud services. All suppliers go through the same on-boarding process, and there "are no guarantees of any business quantities or commitments."

Suppliers must propose products and services in which they "own the source code; or if open source, are duly licenced to use the source code; or hold exclusive rights to market the proposed service in New Zealand". Companies must also submit a GCDO cloud risk assessment.

Marketplace surfaced as an MVP (minimum viable product) on the Government's tender site in March, with an invitation for up to 30 suppliers to take part in the beta testing phase of explained that the Marketplace is "a vital step in the digital transformation of government ICT procurement".

In August, at the 'Transforming Procurement' event in Wellington, the previous Government Digital Services Minister Clare Curran said that of the suppliers who participated in the testing, over 90% were New Zealand-based small or medium sized organisations.

Curran said that Marketplace has been co-designed by suppliers and government agencies and is designed to make it procurement easier for agencies.

"The government spends around $3 billion a year on ICT, including capital and operating expenditure, and we're taking a leadership position across the whole area of digital procurement to drive digital transformation and create an open government," she said.

"We want our ICT community to grow with New Zealand, to contribute to our economy, and to continue supporting greater social inclusion and better public services." 


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