IT suppliers body Intellect has called for changes to Office of Government Commerce model contracts for IT programmes, arguing for a shift away from a one-size-fits-all approach.
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The trade association made the call as it launched best practice guidance for IT suppliers negotiating public sector contracts.
Central government spends £2.3bn a year on IT – equivalent to 16% of its total procurement expenditure – and IT is a major focus for the OGC, which was set up in 2000 to promote value-for-money purchasing.
Intellect director Nick Kalisperas said, “Intellect believes changes should be made to the OGC’s current version of the model contracts for major IT projects and programmes in order to create a framework that is in the best interest of both customers and suppliers.
“There is particular concern among suppliers that a uniform model or ‘one-fits-all’ approach, which is accompanied by a tendency to add further restrictions and conditions to model contracts, can tip the balance of risk allocation inappropriately.”
This could introduce unnecessary costs and inhibit flexibility in solution, provision and innovation, Kalisperas added.
Intellect’s guidance document, Contracting Best Practice – Guidance for Suppliers, covers a series of key objectives, including successful delivery, value for money, compensation when the supplier does not perform as agreed, and equitable balance of risk.