beta Discussing the Digital Government Declaration

[...] * Open up procurement processes to new innovative players, in particular SMEs, building on examples such as the UK Digital Marketplace.
katarzyna szkuta
this deserve action on its own as the public procurement for innovation has been the policy objective for years and still the national/regional gov are struggling with defining the processes /struggle to launch more innovative calls
katarzyna szkuta, 14/06/2017 10:26
Laia Pujol
How? Which suggestions to make it happen?
Laia Pujol, 14/06/2017 10:49
The attitude of government to supplier risk and engagement has to change here. Putting up a digital marketplace portal is a trivial part of the task. The way that government services are defined tendered and operated, and the attitude of government to risk must change. Remember it is not just SME's - it is social enterprises and citizens themselves that could participate in a 'national grid' of service provision. This is very far from typical government thinking today.
nmeyne, 15/06/2017 16:51
Michael de Lang
Opening up the procurement process is fine and all, but the biggest issue remains that the procurement process doesn't allow enough room to allow for agile work approaches. Agile in this case meaning incremental change, which is only possible with incremental payout. But instead, the process is setup so that one tender equals one big payout once its done. This looks more like the old waterfall process than the modern software development process.
Michael de Lang, 20/06/2017 20:09
Stuart Mackintosh
It is still difficult to engage with the UK digital marketplace as we still lack the right level of "Intelligent customer". Open Standards and Open Source feature in policy and guidance, but box-ticking in execution; the approach is not being understood. Therefore The UK government is not yet getting the substantial benefit of these Open methods. Despite the lack of concerted adoption, policy and process are progressing in the right direction. If the EU were to lead by fully embracing Open Source
Stuart Mackintosh, 13/07/2017 16:39