The long awaited Request for Tender (RFT) to establish the new Cloud Marketplace Panel has hit the streets. Following a Request for Information last year where industry was given the opportunity to provide input on structure and categories, the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has this week released the RFT to establish a new panel for cloud computing solutions.
The panel is expected to be operational by late 2020, and replaces the current Cloud Services Panel, which is scheduled to expire in March 2021. The services will be offered as a whole-of-government cooperative procurement arrangement for Cloud Offerings to Australian government agencies– across two areas:
– Under Cloud Services, sellers can offer any ICT functionality as a cloud service. Sellers offering Cloud Services should note the new CMP will be guided by the International Standard ISO/IEC17788 on Cloud Computing (ISO17788) for describing and cataloguing Cloud Services.
– Under Cloud Consulting, sellers can offer to provide cloud computing-based professional services, described through a rate-card of subject matter experts. Sellers offering these services will describe their expertise in context of the Skills For the Information Age (SFIA) framework and responsibility levels.
Note that Approved sellers on the current Cloud Services Panel must respond to this RFT to be considered for the new arrangement. Also, tender responses are to be submitted on a new Digital Tendering Platform, so ensure you allow time to familiarise yourself with these new requirements. The initial contract term will be for three years, with options to extend up to 5 years. The RFT closes on 25 Jun 20.