The Scottish government has issued a pre-tender for an IT managed services framework contract worth £60 million to £120 million.
The ‘Digital and Technology Services’ contract will cover services such as data and hardware hosting, desktop support, server maintenance, helpdesk services, testing services and digital systems, according to a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). The notice does not include the expected length of the contract.
The framework will also include technical partnering services, service integration and management (SIAM) and application and website development. It will be available for use by all Scottish public sector bodies.
The contract will replace the managed services’ framework, which was set up by the Scottish government in 2011 and is due to expire in March 2015. The framework was estimated to be worth between £150 million and £324 million.
Suppliers on the existing framework include Maindec, Amor Group, BT, Dell, Logica (now CGI), Fujitsu, Kainos, Prosource.it, Atos, and Capita. It is split into two lots: one for ‘small’ projects and the other for ‘large’ programmes.
The Scottish government expects to start awarding places on the new ‘Digital and Technology Services’ framework from 1 October.
Earlier this year it emerged that less than seven percent of the £1 billion savings demanded from Scotland’s public sector IT have been achieved.
The McClelland Review in June 2011 claimed that the Scottish public sector could save up to £1 billion on its IT and digital services spending over five years.
However, to date only £56 million of the minimum potential savings identified by McClelland have been made.