CCS details New Year aggregated technology procurement plans
Expressions of interest to be sought from across the public sector for opportunities to obtain telephony and technology hardware to curb organisational spend
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has announced a number of upcoming opportunities for the aggregated procurement of technologies such as integrated telephony and schools technology hardware in order to support multiple public sector organisations with their transformation needs.
Up to the end of February, the organisation will be inviting authorities and organisations to bring together their key technology requirements as part of a combined focus on curbing overall costs.
The opportunities, referred to as National Further Competitions (NGFs), utilise already existing routes to market such as CCS established frameworks.
“The CCS aggregation and design team provides a service for customers who have common purchasing needs for technology related products and services,” the organisation said in an update.
“The team will collate your requirements and carry out an aggregated national further competition on your behalf in order to achieve value for money for you and the other customers taking part.”
Alongside an opportunity for mobile voice and data services, for which the deadline to express interest expired last week, procurements will also be considered for integrated telephony and technology hardware.
Separate focuses on vehicle telematics, Adobe and technology hardware for schools will also be looked at by CCS, with deadlines to express interest set for between January and February.
Current timelines for these opportunities can be seen here.
Depending on eventual demand, an additional number of aggregated procurement opportunities are being considered by CCS around audio conferencing, automatic number plate recognition systems and third party IT support for schools.
Other focuses under consideration include technology hardware and software for health care, mobile voice and data services for police forces and education providers, as well as data access and broadband functions.
No start dates have been announced for the advertised opportunities, which will be dependent on both public sector interest and the complexities in being taken to market, CCS said.
However, in considering further aggregated procurements based on standard specifications for multiple customers, CCS said the approach was a tried and tested means of trying and improve supply chain value.
“We run these projects as a fully managed service,” said the organisation. “Customers just need to complete a form to express their interest, provide details of their requirements before we go to market and sign a contract with the successful supplier.”