The Government Procurement Service (GPS) has revealed plans to create a framework for software services, which will primarily be used by local government organisations to deliver products that interact with citizens.
It is expected that up to £500 million could be spent through the contract, which will last for a minimum of two years, with the option to extend up to two further one year periods.
If the framework goes ahead suppliers will not only be required to provide the software, but also additional services, such as systems architecture, development, installation and commissioning of systems, ongoing support and maintenance and some related business process services.
However, GPS isn’t looking for the procurement of commodity software, such as office suite or security software applications that are common across the public sector. It said isn’t looking for ERP and CRM system deployments.
Instead, GPS is looking for suppliers to build and deliver services to citizens that may include such things as Revenue and Benefits collection, and payments and delivery of statutory functions, such as social care, planning, environmental and building control, and social housing.
In similar news, the government has announced the possibility of a framework for the support and maintenance of enterprise application software across Whitehall, which could reach £100 million in value.