The standard - drafted by the GDS and announced at the industry trade body techUK - sets the standard on the best way for government organisations to design, build and buy technology.
The supplier standard has six principles which will govern supplier contracts in the future:
- User needs first
- Data is a public asset
- Services built on open standards and reusable components
- Simple, clear, fast transactions
- Ongoing engagement
- Transparent contracting
Announcing the guidelines at the techUK conference, Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer said: “The new supplier standard is just a starting point. We want suppliers, both current and potential, to take note of the key principles and use them to help in the bidding process for government IT and tech projects.”
In the same speech, Mr Gummer also reiterated the Government’s desire for 33% of digital and technology contracts to be awarded to SME’s by 2020.
At ePC, we have always believed the six principals proposed should form the basis of our client partnerships.