To fast-track procurement - and the financial savings that come from new IT services and products – public sector organisations need to remove risk and complexity from the supplier selection process.
Bound by European and UK legislation and the need to obtain a competitive price, procuring new products and services can be highly resource-intensive for local councils, police forces and government agencies.
The government has established a number of centralised procurement frameworks and agreements that not only address this need but also safeguard compliance with European and UK legislation.
Computacenter is a certified supplier on all the framework agreements listed below, which enable public sector organisations to take a unified approach to sourcing, implementing and managing their IT.
The Technology Products framework was developed to meet the commodity hardware and software requirements of the public sector. It is designed to meet the aims of the central government and local government ICT strategies. It is for the procurement of all volume commodity hardware and software requirements, whether as simple commodity only requirements or as part of overall solutions. Technology Products effectively replaces three previous agreements: Commoditised IT Hardware and Sofwtare (CITHS) (RM721), IT Hardware and Software (ITHS) (RM1692) and Sprint II (RM720).
The Technology Products framework provides a commercial route to market for all ICT product and solution requirements for both central government and wider public sector organisations. The framework comprises of four lots:
Lot 1: Technology Hardware – For the provision of vendor neutral hardware. Hardware solutions can also be procured. The scope covers end user computing and infrastructure. When procuring a solution, software can be provided under this lot provided the hardware forms the majority of the requirement.
Lot 2: Packaged Software – for the provision of packaged, Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) software, Open Source software, licences. Packaged software solutions can also be procured. When procuring a software solution, hardware can also be provided under this lot provided the software forms the majority of the requirement.
Lot 3: Secure Technology Products and Disposals – for the provision of Information Assured (IA) products, both hardware and software, that is compliant with CESG standards. Audio-visual solutions and secure disposals.
Lot 4: End User Devices – for the provision of volume procurements for end user devices of any type/format (PC, laptop, tablet, other device).
Established by the Government Procurement Service, the PSN Services agreement is available to all public sector organisations in the UK, from schools and NHS trusts to local councils and central government departments.
Computacenter is featured on three lots on the PSN Services framework agreement:
- Lot 3 - Video-conferencing services
- Lot 4 - Managed equipment room services, which includes cabling, security and cooling
- Lot 8 - LAN services, which includes cabling, networking and related managed services
The PSN Services framework agreement replaces the former RM374 Telecom Networks framework agreement, and is expected to be worth between £500 million and £3 billion over the next two years.
Chris Price, Public Sector Director at Computacenter, commented: “The PSN Services framework agreement will help public sector organisations implement and manage networks that keep people, information and systems securely connected and take advantage of collaborative technologies such as video-conferencing,” commented Chris.
Computacenter services, terms and conditions are listed under contract RM1498.
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Government CloudStore accelerates adoption of proven and predictable cloud computing services
Computacenter’s portfolio of C3 cloud computing services is now available to government organisations via the Cloudstore online marketplace.
CloudStore has been created by the Cabinet Office to provide public sector organisations with faster and more cost-effective access to cloud-based services from a variety of suppliers.
The catalogue supports the government’s G-Cloud initiative, which calls for 50 per cent of all new government ICT spending to move to cloud computing services by 2015.
Each supplier included in the CloudStore has been pre-approved, and eventually every service will be accredited to demonstrate that it meets government standards. Procuring services via the catalogue eliminates the need to issue tenders via the OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union.
Computacenter services are available on three Lots:
Lot 1: Infrastructure as a service
A dedicated, scalable and utility-based on-premise development environment comprising memory and storage with management and server provisioning software
Lot 3: Software as a service
Features Computacenter’s C3Mail and Collaboration service, which provides a transparent cost per inbox per month.
Lot 4: Specialist cloud services
Includes C3Mail and collaboration advisory and migration services, Microsoft Office 365 migration, support and solution alignment services, cloud consultancy and migration services.
More than 1,700 ICT services from 257 suppliers are available via the CloudStore. Originally launched in February 2012, a second iteration of the online catalogue was revealed in May, with a third release planned for summer 2013. Each iteration is designed to enhance functionality to further simplify IT service procurement.
To access the CloudStore, go to http://www.gov.uk/cloudstore.
Computacenter services, terms and conditions are listed under contract RM1557.
Public sector organisations will be able to maximise the value of their IT outsourcing and out-tasking contracts thanks to the launch of a new managed services framework, which features Computacenter as an approved supplier.
The framework agreement, which is overseen by public sector procurement agency Government Procurement Service, will provide public sector organisations with fast, efficient and EU-compliant access to a wide range of IT managed services, from datacenter hosting and disaster recovery to desktop management and service desk facilities.
This is the first IT 'broad spectrum' managed service framework agreement developed by Government Procurement Service and includes 12 suppliers who meet stringent criteria for delivering value for money, quality services and sustainability. By purchasing services via the framework agreement, public sector organisations can take advantage of standard terms and conditions, benchmarking activities to ensure continued value for money, supplier management and audit services as well as shared information on best practices.
Chris Price, Public Sector Director at Computacenter, commented: "To survive the public sector budget squeeze, an increasing number of organisations are turning to out-tasked and outsourced IT service models to reduce costs while ensuring consistent service levels. Computacenter's inclusion in the new framework agreement affirms our managed service and public sector expertise."
Computacenter has 25 years' experience of working with the public sector and provides IT managed services for organisations such as Hampshire Constabulary and NHS Oldham.
Government Procurement Service is the national procurement partner for all UK public services, including central government organisations, local councils, the emergency services, NHS trusts and schools. The organisation was established in 2001 to maximise value for money for public bodies through the supply of goods and services.
The new framework caters for public sector ICT environments of all sizes, and incorporates, among others, the following managed services:
- Managed ICT devices (including servers, desktops, mobile devices, the network, printers and peripherals)
- Business continuity/disaster recovery
- Managed data hosting
- Hardware and software maintenance (including third party contracts)
- Remote access services
- IT service desk facilities
- Asset management
Computacenter has been awarded framework agreements for each of these areas, which can be delivered either as a standalone service or part of a fully outsourced model. The company has also been awarded a framework agreement for the supply of Commoditised IT Hardware and Software.
"Computacenter's inclusion on both Government Procurement Service framework agreements means public sector organisations can take a unified approach to sourcing, implementing and managing their IT, which will help reduce costs and complexity," comments Chris Price. "By combining industrialised services with best practice processes and proven technologies, we are able to provide public sector organisations with predictable, affordable and repeatable IT services and solutions."
The IT managed services framework went live 6 August 2010. Computacenter services, terms and conditions are listed under contract RM717.
To find out how to procure services via the framework, go to:
Customers wishing to buy from Computacenter through this agreement must first register via the online registration form available on www.buyingsolutions.gov.uk
Computacenter and Value Wales
Value Wales has launched a new IT procurement framework for the public sector that will help boost the Welsh economy while enabling organisations to maximise value from their IT investments.
Computacenter is featured on both lots and can – upon request - provide a bespoke online catalogue of IT goods and services. Computacenter will also be able to provide a range of IT sourcing and supply chain services, such as logistics, configuration, installation and integration, via the agreement.
Why buy from Computacenter through Value Wales?
- Delivering value through a shared procurement strategy
- Ultra competitive prices for desktops, laptops, servers and installation services
- Wide choice of products & associated services
- Well established Welsh base and focus
- Flexible, responsive & reliable service
- End-to-end suport from procurement through to installation & support
- Access to a skilled team of sales specialists & engineers
- E-procurement - we are able to offer you instant, free-of-charge access to 66,000 product via our webshop
Let us quote you today
Whatever your requirement, let Computacenter quote for you through the Value Wales framework.
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