The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has published a tender for an IT services framework worth an estimated £120 million to £240 million.
The framework, formally dubbed ‘Technology Services’, has 11 lots covering services such as desktop support, network management, infrastructure and platform maintenance and support, service desk, audit services, service integration, disaster recover, asset disposal and back up and data services.
CCS will be hoping to avoid the problems that dogged procurement for a related ‘Technology Products’ framework, which was finally awarded last week after two separate legal challenges delayed launch by almost two months.
About 40 companies are understood to have won places on the framework, which is worth up to £7.2 billion over four years and is due to go live next Monday (17 November).
The new ‘Technology Services’ agreement will replace ‘IT Managed Services’, a framework set up in August 2010 which is due to expire next February. Just 10 suppliers are listed on the previous contract: Bull, Capita, Centerprise, CGI, Civica, SCC, Steria, Northgate, Computacenter and Servo.
The new framework will be open for use by the entire UK public sector and will run for 18 months, according to a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Firms interested in bidding for a place on ‘Technology Services’ have until 16 December 2014 to submit bids or requests to participate.