New Zealand Government Procurement has released guidance to remind government departments and agencies to be fair to all suppliers when sourcing cloud services.
The guidance is a good reminder of existing rules and procurement frameworks. It also supports best practice. It has handy links to agreements with several providers.
- set out technical or functional requirements, without referring to vendor or brand-specific services
- identify any constraints in the procurement activity, and
- remain open to receiving responses that can meet them.
Agencies should not:
- include requirements that limit opportunities to specific suppliers or brands.
This approach aligns to the government procurement rules and principles. It means your agency is less at risk of lock-in from a single supplier or branded service.