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"Earliest usable" Digital Outcomes and Specialists agreement goes live

Neil Merrett Published 27 April 2016

Public Sector buyers will now be able to advertise for specialist services through Digital Marketplace; outgoing Digital Services framework to temporarily remain available


The Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) agreement is now available on the Digital Marketplace as part of a strategy to expand upon and eventually replace the second Digital Services framework (DSF2) entirely by later this year.

Initially scheduled to launch in February, the Government Digital Service (GDS) opted to push back the launch until later this month to undertake additional work on the 'buying journey' for users, as well as ensuring a minimum viable product was ready at launch.

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) said it would be requesting feedback from users on the "earliest usable product" as it looks to add functionality as part of an iterative design process.

"We want your feedback to help us iterate on our earliest usable product," said CCS in a blog post . "When you've used the service, let us know what works well and what doesn't to help us work out what we need to build next."

With the agreement now live, public sector buyers can post their requirements for specific services, including user research and audit functions, with suppliers then being able to apply for the opportunities.

"Although Digital Outcomes and Specialists is replacing Digital Services 2, it isn't simply a third iteration of the framework. We've completely redesigned it and the buying process is very different from DSF2," added CCS.

While the Digital Services Framework is required to close on November 5, CCS noted that it anticipated the agreement would go offline before this date with a 30 day notice period required to be given before termination of the service.

However, the organisation's Managed Service team is expected to continue supporting users that started a buying process through the outgoing framework.

"If you want to award a contract through DS2, you must do this before the framework closes, otherwise you'll need to start the buying process again through Digital Outcomes and Specialists," added CCS.

The initial launch of DOS is not expected to include features that would allow for notifying successful suppliers and giving feedback to unsuccessful applications, signing a contract digitally and generating statements of work.

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