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The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has issued a prior information notice for its Technology Products and Services II framework, which is worth between £3bn and £4bn.
The new framework follows the previous 18-month technology services framework, which launched in 2014 and expires in November 2016.
The government hopes to award contracts in mid-September, with go-live/availability for use by customers by the end of that month.
The prior information notice said the framework aims to make it easier for the public sector to procure products and services, and that its priority is to “work extensively with the market and customers” to set out the “strategic direction for this category”.
“The Technology Products and Services category forms part of the newly formed Technology Pillar within CCS,” the notice said.
“Recognising market advancements and the challenges being faced by public-sector customers, Technology Products and Services will be seeking to develop ‘integrated’ commercial solutions for the supply of commodity technology and technology services to assist customers with digital transformation.”
CCS has held a series of supplier engagement events in partnership with techUK to look at how to structure the framework so that it meets the needs of suppliers and customers. It also plans to hold workshops for buyers.
In December last year, CCS set out its strategy for “smart tech buying”, aiming to grow the supply chain, increase and improve buying power and “support open data expansion and open source creation”.
The solutions on the new framework will form part of CCS’s technology category, which will “continue to include framework agreements” for other categories, such as cloud and digital, and network services.
The CCS Network Services Framework, which went live last July, covers 10 technology lots and aims to offer more opportunities for SMEs to do business with government.
According to its 2014/15 annual accounts, CCS contributed to more than £220m of IT savings identified by the Cabinet Office. This financial year, CCS aims to deliver savings of between £800m and £1bn.