Scotland plans to issue £100m IT services tender

The Scottish government plans to create a new IT managed services framework

The Scottish government plans to create a new IT managed services framework.

It has issued a prior information notice to inform suppliers of its intentions to tender for framework, shortly, which will be worth between £50m and £100m.

Scotland wants a number of suppliers to operate under the new framework that will be used by the Scottish public sector. The proposed framework will replace the existing Scottish Procurement framework for the delivery of IT Managed Services.

It will require a range of services, including data hosting, desktop support, server support, server maintenance, disaster recovery, hardware hosting, helpdesk services, technical partnering services as a managed service, application and website development and support, testing services, digital systems.

It will also include a supplier to provide Service Integration and Management (SIAM) to oversee the portfolio of services.

Computer Weekly recently asked what challenges Scotland would face if they had to rebuild government IT systems in the event of independence come September. We calculated that Scotland could face a bill of more than £1bn to replicate all the necessary Whitehall IT systems it would need in the event of independence.

The framework will be needed in the case of a yes or no vote, but it currently shares more than 200 institutions as part of the UK. They range from large organisations such as the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), to quangos such as the BBC, UK Sport and the NHS Blood and Transplant service (NHSB&T).

If replicated by an independent Scotland, each of these services would need some form of IT system, whether that was continued use of the UK’s on an outsourced basis or one entirely rebuilt by the new state.

One of the largest challenges for Scotland, if it exits the UK, is to move its citizens from the existing UK legacy IT systems and onto new Scottish systems.

But it could also be used as a chance to rebuild systems faster and to be user friendly and digitally efficient.

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