The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has revealed it is seeking suppliers for a new ICT framework that will provide aggregated volume orders from the public sector.
According to the notice, the estimated £4m-6m contract is needed to provide public bodies with a necessary commercial solution for the provision of complex or high value requirements.
The tender adds that it will enable government to complete aggregated volume purchases across the industry.
Prospective bidders can choose from one or more of the lots the contract is divided into:
- Lot one is for technology hardware, value added resellers (VARs) are wanted to software and hardware, plus services including pre-sales advice and support, project management and repairs and spares supplies
- Lot two is packaged software from providers that would be expected to have access to discounts and rebates from vendors that could then be passed onto customers
- Lot three is for secure technology products and disposals, providing information assurance and relevant functionality. Also covers data integrity testing, security audits, penetration testing and IT health checks
- Lot four is for user devices. It is targeted at device manufacturers and includes desktop bundles, laptops, tablets and hybrid devices.
The tender notes that there is no service requirement expected in the final lot, with the exception of occasional delivery fulfilment.
2-4 year contract to benefit whole public sector
The notice says that the deal is expected to last for two years, with the option to extend for two more.
It also states that central government, its arm’s length bodies and agencies, non-departmental public bodies, the NHS and local authorities will have access to the new framework.