ODPM takes mega-deals off menu


ODPM takes mega-deals off menu

Lindsay Clark

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is looking for outsourcing partners to take over the running of its desktop and IT infrastructure in Whitehall and across regional government offices.


Initially running for five years, the deal is split in two parts with a total value of around £65m.


The ODPM is looking for an outsource partner to manage and support its desktop and IT infrastructure, serving around 3,000 end-users, mostly in central London. This part of the five-year deal will be worth about £35m.


In the other deal, worth £30m over five years, government offices are seeking an outsource partner to manage and support desktop and IT infrastructure including support for approximately 3,800 desktops and laptops at 14 regional offices across the UK.


Both deals could be extended for two years.


The deals mark a shift away from a trend to “mega” outsourcing in government IT, according to Ovum analyst Samad Masood.


“These two tenders represent the type of government outsourcing contracts that we expect to see in the coming years," he said. "In other words, they are significantly smaller than the mega-deals we have seen in the past and involve an internal restructuring of IT resources.”

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