About the Marketplace
What is the Marketplace?
The Marketplace will simplify how the NZ Government buys ICT and lower the barriers for suppliers to provide us with services. The Marketplace digitises the procurement process for government by moving from a largely manual approach to an online model.
The first instance of the Marketplace will provide agencies with access to innovative public cloud services. It will be open to all eligible agencies and public cloud suppliers. It is anticipated that the Marketplace model will be available to other sectors, services and industries in due course.
Why is it being established?
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 simplifies procurement and security assurance processes allowing agencies’ to focus on value and citizen engagement.
Key benefits of the Marketplace are increased choice, access to innovation, reduced costs and time of procurement and security for agencies and suppliers.
How has it been developed?
The Marketplace was developed in consultation with the local ICT industry and government agencies over a six-month co-design process. Industry representatives and government agencies were involved in testing two prototypes and are now testing the platform’s functionality.
We are also working closely with the Procurement Functional lead at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment throughout this process.
How does the Marketplace support our work towards a more open, digital government?
The Marketplace is a clear example of our commitment to simplify government procurement and develop a new digital procurement model. It is an inclusive, transparent environment that reduces barriers to participation and provides the opportunity for innovation to happen between government and the private sector for the public good.
How does the Marketplace support the Government ICT Strategy and Action Plan?
The Government ICT Strategy and Action Plan is based on big opportunities to drive digital transformation. Emerging technologies, such as cloud computing, is one of these opportunities. The Marketplace represents a significant step in the digital transformation of government, making it easier, quicker and more cost-effective for agencies to access a full range of digital capabilities.
Who will be able to use the Marketplace?
What companies will have their cloud products and services available on the Marketplace?
The Marketplace will be open to all suppliers who meet the entry criteria. When available, we will publish these criteria through the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website and www.digital.govt.nz .
How mature is NZ government cloud adoption?
Based on an October 2016 survey of public sector Chief Information Officers (CIOs), agencies have a high appetite to use public cloud services and consider them fundamental to transforming their operating models. In the short term (within 12 months), agencies indicated a high interest in using a core set of services: productivity, collaboration, identity and access management, compute and storage, project management and analytics.
What else are you doing to accelerate cloud usage?
The Accelerating Public Cloud Programme focussed on removing barriers to using cloud by streamlining security processes, updating commercial frameworks, and developing guidance for practitioners.
Who will be able to view the products and services that will be placed on the Marketplace?
By default, access to the Marketplace website will be open to anyone. This means anyone will be able to view the catalogues and see the available products and services. However, only staff designated by each agency will be able to view all of the pricing and the associated terms and conditions of supply, and be able to select and purchase services.
When will the Marketplace be available?
A group of agencies and suppliers is currently testing the functionality of the platform. Following this testing the platform will be available to agencies and suppliers.