The National Archives - the government body that handles the official archive - is launching a procurement framework directory for public sector bodies.
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The Digital Continuity Framework is launched in partnership with Buying Solutions, the national procurement partner for UK public services. It has made available a list of suppliers to help manage digital information risks during systems migrations such as moving to the cloud or shared services.
All prices and terms have been negotiated with 24 suppliers to present the best possible value for money for public sector bodies, said Jessie Owen, head of digital continuity at The National Archives.
"The public sector has a duty to operate transparently, legally and accountably. It can't do that without usable information - and keeping information usable is much more of a challenge in this digital age," she said.
Guidance to help public sector bodies understand and manage information assets and technical environments has also been made available under the framework.
The framework will initially run for two years, with the possibility of a two year extension. The supplier procurement process began in March 2010.
Suppliers on the framework list
- AMTEC Consulting plc
- Analysys Mason Limited
- Autonomy Systems Ltd
- Bramble Ltd
- Cristie Data Ltd
- Deloitte MCS ltd
- Dell Corporation Ltd
- Detica Ltd
- Expert System
- Hitachi Consulting
- Informed Solutions
- Iron Mountain (UK) Ltd
- Kainos Software Ltd
- IPL Information Processing Ltd
- Mongoose IT Ltd
- Open Text
- Qi Consulting
- The Stationery Office