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Defra issues end user environment tender as part of UnITy plans

Published 06 July 2017

Agreement anticipated to last for seven year period and valued between £70m and £180m is intended to cover broad number of functions such as security and communications


The Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has issued a tender valued between £70m and £180m to provide a range of end user environment (EUE) functions linked to its security and communication needs that include active directory, Identity and Access Management (IDAM) and PKI services.

The proposed agreement is part of the UnITy programme set up to bring together department-wide ICT needs and replace a number of contracts that is set to expire up to next year.

According to the tender document, the contract is intended to go live in June 2018 to support the work of a core Defra group that is defined as the Rural Payments Agency, Marine Management Organisation as well as the Animal and Plant Health Agency.  It will also apply to Natural England and the Environment Agency.

The scope of the new arrangement will include foundation services such as messaging gateways and single sign-on (SSO) functions, as well as end user devices and assisted technology.  It will also cover functions such as security and office productivity, end user communications, End Point management and tools, as well as line of business application presentation.

An estimated 21,500 end users fall under the scope of the contract, spread across 371 sites overseen by Defra.  This amounts to some 28,000 devices such as desktop, laptop, thin client, tablet and smart phones technologies used by the department.

Defra anticipates the EUE contract will last for a full seven year period that would include a two year extension.  Despite the variation in anticipated costs for the agreement, which would cover the expansion of the contract to other service recipients, Defra said it expected overall expenditure to be less than the maximum £180m value specified in the tender notice.

EUE is one of five different “work-streams” that make up UnITy including service management and integration, connectivity, systems integration and platforms as well as hosting and applications management.

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