Public cloud service providers invited for Beta testing of New Zealand Government's Marketplace

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is inviting suppliers of public cloud services to participate in the Beta testing phase of the New Zealand Government's Marketplace for public cloud services.

DIA is seeking up to 30 suppliers who provide public cloud services, representing a range of organisational types and sizes, to go through the full application and on-boarding process of the Marketplace. These suppliers will validate the business processes and Marketplace functions and advise the Department on the user experience prior to the full launch of the Marketplace.

Applications are open until 4 April 2018 unless fully subscribed earlier.  The closing date may be extended at DIA's discretion.

The Marketplace will make it easier, quicker and more cost-effective for government to access and suppliers to deliver a full range of digital capabilities. It aims to simplify procurement and security assurance processes allowing agencies to focus on value and citizen engagement.

DIA has worked closely with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the government’s functional lead for procurement,  to ensure that the Marketplace is compatible with the Government Rules of Sourcing 

The intended functions and capabilities of the Marketplace have been developed through engagement with a government co-design community, with members from large and small agencies and relevant suppliers.

In addition, DIA evaluated good practice for similar ICT marketplaces, including pricing, with a global ICT research firm and engagement with governments of the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and Dubai. Government ICT marketplaces in Chile, Denmark, Slovenia and USA were also analysed.

Two prototypes were developed with support from large and small agencies. Supplier experience concepts were developed through engagement with ICT Industry representatives, including New Zealand owned IT firms and specialist cloud brokers.

Selection and consumption of marketplace products by agencies will be via a secondary procurement process. This will reduce the complexity of procurement, negotiation and management of contracts with suppliers, significantly reducing the time, cost and effort associated with individual procurements. 

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