The Scottish Executive is tendering for a new contract to support and integrate its IT resources.
The tender notice was placed in the Official Journal of the European Union this week. The contract is understood to include support for 8,000 desktop, 110 servers and around 350 software packages. The contract is likely to be work hundreds of millions of pounds.
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The executive also wants an IT supplier to integrate and upgrade IT system, conduct technical assurance procedures and also put together a technology refresh pragramme.
The executive's offices are mainly in Edinburgh and Glasgow, but the successful contract bidder could be asked to support offices across Scotland, as well as ones in London and Brussels. The contract covers the executive's agencies, associated departments and non-departmental public bodies, such as Historic Scotland and HM Inspectorate of Education.
IT support to the Scottish Executive is currently supplied by IBM.