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Technology Products 2 framework tender launched

Neil Merrett Published 25 May 2016

Agreement to be divided into six separate lots encompassing hardware, software and information assured product needs to support the entire UK public sector

 

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has issued a tender for the Technology Products 2 framework that will aim to provide the UK public sector products to help develop integrated commercial solutions including cloud, digital and network services.

The tender for the agreement, valued between £2bn and £4bn, follows a series of market engagement events held between the government and suppliers about how the replacement agreement should best support transformation aims by improving user experience and accessibility for stakeholders.

According to the tender notice, Technology Products 2 will be divided into the following six lots:

- Hardware - includes a wide range of "vendor-neutral end user devices", audio-visual and network infrastructure equipment as well as IT peripherals
- Software - supplying a range of commercial and open source commodity software, along with licences
- Combined hardware and software requirements - listing suppliers capable of providing solutions combining elements of the first two lots
- Information assured products - suppliers of commoditised IT products and solutions that can meet specific requirements linked to information assurance or protection functionality
- Volume hardware requirements, direct from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) - supplying own branded products and related services
- Catalogue - enabling suppliers to provide contracting bodies with a range of commoditised hardware and software products via an online catalogue

Once launched, the framework will run for an initial two year period, with the option to be extended for two additional twelve month periods.

A deadline to receive tenders or requests to participate in the engagement has been set for July 1.

Ahead of the launch of the Technology Products 2 tender, CCS met with over 80 suppliers and held a series of supplier and buyer engagement events to look at how it should structure the new agreement.

"The new agreement has been designed based on the outcome of our extensive pre-market engagement to ensure that it meets the needs of our customers across the public sector. This includes having the right structure for buyers and suppliers and the right mix of suppliers, products and associated services, with a flexible route to market," said CCS in a statement.

The award process for the agreement and its implementation is anticipated to go ahead in September before the expiry of the existing Technology Products (RM1054) agreement on November 16.








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