OGCbuying.solutions is attempting to write a money-saving framework agreement that may be used by HMRC and other government departments.
It plans to create a purchasing framework that would cover the supply of hardware, off-the shelf software, software development, IT consultancy, training, and telephony including 3G and Blackberry services. HMRC is collaborating on the development of the framework.
In a prior information notice to IT suppliers, OGCbuying.solutions said it was not inviting bids but instead wanted suggestions on “how the challenges ... would be met”.
The framework would replace and improve upon existing procurement models, it said.
Since 2005 HMRC has used Sprint, which stands for the Strategic Procurement of Information Technology and Telecommunications, as a framework involving the supply of 83,000 desktops, as well maintenance and repair of computers and telecommunications equipment. The estimated value was £600 million.
“The public sector is under a consistent pressure to reduce costs and innovate,” said a statement from OGCbuying.solutions, which it said was an opportunity for suppliers to participate in giving advice.
"Significant barriers are faced in the presence of the right knowledge and understanding in the right place at the right time to enable opportunities to be identified and exploited."
There was also technology that had to be heavily managed to keep costs down, they said.
"Our aim is to produce a framework…that offers the use of the knowledge, skills and expertise available from suppliers in putting solutions together in a cost-conscious environment to drive both the use of goods and services and the delivery of value for money."
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