Agency information about the Marketplace
Government Rules of Sourcing
The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has worked closely with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to ensure that the Marketplace is compatible with the Government Rules of Sourcing. MBIE is the government’s functional lead for procurement.
Primary Procurement of Public Cloud Services
Joining the Marketplace is simple for suppliers – the terms and conditions are straightforward and they can sign up and add new services at any time. Suppliers no longer need to wait for RFPs to be issued.
These low barriers to entry mean suppliers who may not traditionally respond to Government RFPs are able to put their offerings in front of a broader agency audience.
What level of assurance is given by the Marketplace
The GCDO through the Department of Internal Affairs, as the ICT procurement functional lead, is responsible for receiving and assessing applications from suppliers wishing to join the Marketplace. Our assessment and due diligence is focused on the supplier, its key personnel, the ownership of the proposed service(s) (and broadly the terms of supply) and the correct allocation of the service to an open category/catalogue.
We have not, however, assessed the functionality of any services listed and do not provide any assurance on its fit with any particular agency or use case. This along with security assurance is a matter for agencies to consider (following its own policy and procedures) when contemplating a purchase through a secondary procurement process.
Procurement rules for agencies wanting cloud services
Selection and consumption of Marketplace products by agencies will be through 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. We have provided some guidance on how agencies may undertake secondary procurement of public cloud services here.
Useful to agencies without dedicated IT or procurement teams
The Marketplace will reduce the complexity of procurement, negotiation and management of contracts with suppliers for all consuming agencies. This will significantly reduce the time, cost and complexity associated with individual procurements.
Steps to be on-boarded for the Marketplace
Agencies will need to register for access. This includes agreeing to the Agency Participation Terms (similar to the AoG MOU) that sets out the Marketplace’s terms and conditions.
Engagement with government co-design community
We have developed the intended functions and capabilities of the Marketplace through engagement with a government co-design community, with members from large and small agencies and relevant suppliers. We also:
- evaluated good practice for similar ICT marketplaces, including pricing, with a global ICT research firm (IDC) and engaged with governments in the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and Dubai
- analysed government ICT marketplaces in Chile, Denmark, Slovenia and the USA
- developed 2 prototypes with support from large and small agencies
- developed supplier experience concepts through engagement with ICT Industry representatives, including New Zealand owned IT firms and specialist cloud brokers.