A new IT procurement framework worth £1bn pounds has been announced by the Government Procurement Service. Recently, the government has had some problems with IT public sector tenders, reflecting badly on both its IT procurement methods but also on the obsolete legacy systems being used across the public sector. It is hoped that this framework will help all government departments (from local authorities to the ministries, the NHS and even the BBC) buy a vast range of different IT services and improve the entire tendering process.
As detailed in the the contract notice, the framework is divided into 35 contract lots each lasting at least two years. These cover a very wide range of different services from “Big Data” (processing and managing large quantities of information) to customer relationship management tools. Other areas covered include various geographical services, HR, and IT security services.
The new IT procurement framework comes hot on the heels of the government’s announcement that it had prepared a list of approved suppliers for the Public Services Network, a marketplace for public sector tenders surrounding communications services that the government hopes will reduce costs. This 28 member list includes a number of well-known brands like Fujitsu and BT, alongside various newer suppliers. According to Francis Maude, the PSN marked “a major milestone by establishing a competitive ICT marketplace at the heart of the public sector.”
The closing date for bids will be July 30th, with a maximum of 680 companies able to enrol. Companies looking to take advantage of the new IT procurement framework can get lots of help from the expert bid writers at Win that Bid.