PURCHASING FRAMEWORKS

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.

Public Sector Network (PSN) Services framework

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.

CloudStore

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CloudStore

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.

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Computacenter services, terms and conditions are listed under contract RM1557.

Crown Commercial Service - ITMS

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:
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Registration process

Customers wishing to buy from Computacenter through this agreement must first register via the online registration form available on www.buyingsolutions.gov.ukLink opens in a new window

 

Crown Commercial Service - CITHS

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Computacenter is a leading partner on the new Government Procurement Service procurement framework for commoditised IT Hardware and Software (CITHS). Computacenter was the highest scoring partner in the IT Infrastructure hardware framework (Lot 2) and Software (Lot 3) and ranked second in the Desktop hardware framework (Lot 1).

Government Procurement Service is the national procurement partner for UK public services. It was established in 2001 as a result of the Gershon Report, through a merger of the procurement functions of the Buying Agency and CCTA. They are an Executive Agency of the Office of Government Commerce in the Treasury. The primary role of Government Procurement Service is to maximise the value for money obtained by Government departments and other public bodies through the procurement and supply of goods and services.

Computacenter is currently successfully trading under the IT Goods and Service Contract A217833. This covers Lots:

  • Lot 1 Reseller
  • Lot 2 Networking
  • Lot 3 Client Devices
  • Lot 4 Peripherals
  • Lot 5 Consumables
  • Lot 6 Operating Software
  • Lot 7 Office Tools / Mics Apps
  • Lot 8 Networks and Security
  • Lot 9 Development Software
  • Lot 10 Data Management Storage Software
  • Lot 11 ERP Software

What benefits does Government Procurement Service provide?

Procuring IT and Telecommunications products and associated services can be a time-consuming and costly process both for customers and suppliers. Government Procurement Service can reduce the time and costs associated with procurement by offering a pre-tendered call-off facility. The scheme provides the following benefits:

  • Compliance with EC procurement legislation
  • Ability to call of urgent requirements quickly
  • Competitive prices
  • Wide choice of products and associated services
  • Ease of ordering
  • Sound contractual protection based on best practice
  • E-commerce facilities
  • Improved management information

Computacenter services, terms and conditions are listed under contract RM721.

To find out how to procure services via the framework, go to:
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Registration process

Customers wishing to buy from Computacenter through this agreement must first register via the online registration form available on www.buyingsolutions.gov.ukLink opens in a new window

 

ITHS RM1692

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The IT Hardware and Solutions (ITHS) framework agreement provides a range of IT products, services and solutions available to all public sector organisations across a range of lots.

Lots 1-10 provide catalogue IT items with close to the box services such as asset tagging, installation, disposal and imaging. The products include laptops, desktops, thin clients, tablets, monitors, servers, storage devices, switches, printers and a wide range of peripherals. Services should only be purchased in conjunction with products. Direct ordering from the catalogue is available, as are aggregated further competitions run by us.

  • Lot 1: Standard client device hardware & services: desktop computers and a range of optional products
  • Lot 2: Standard laptop device hardware & services: laptop computers and a range of optional products
  • Lot 3: Standard tablet/slate device hardware & services: tablets/slate computers and a range of optional products
  • Lot 5: Standard thin client device hardware & services: thin and zero clients and a range of optional products
  • Lot 6: Standard servers hardware & services: servers and a range of optional products
  • Lot 7: Standard storage hardware & services: hard disk drives and a range of optional products
  • Lot 8: Standard switch device hardware & services: network switches
  • Lot 9: Standard printer – desktop hardware & services: printers and a range of optional products

Lots 11-12 provide a wide variety of IT products, services and solutions to customers. Products include computers, printers, accessories and infrastructure. Services include asset tagging, imaging and maintenance. Solutions include desktop estate roll out, virtualisation solutions and storage area networks (SANs). Any or all of the above offerings for lots 11-12 can be purchased together or individually. Award is only via further competition.

Lot 11: Non standard desktop hardware & solutions: non standard products relating to desktop hardware including but not limited to: desktop computers, laptops, tablets, peripherals, audio visual equipment (such as displays, cameras, projectors, video conferencing), computer tools (such as precision screwdrivers or cable testers), desktop printers, charging trolleys, barcode reading equipment, computer chassis, cables and computer components. Plus, services relating to desktop hardware including but not limited to: asset tagging, imaging, delivery, installation, disposal, warranty and maintenance. Solution activities relating to desktop hardware are also available including but not limited to: desktop estate design, project management, project implementation and upgrades.

Lot 12: Non standard infrastructure hardware & solutions: non standard products relating to infrastructure hardware including but not limited to: servers, hard disk arrays, tape drive arrays, switches, server chassis, cables, computer tools (such as precision screwdrivers or cable testers), peripherals (when purchased as part of an overall infrastructure solution), audio visual equipment (when purchased as part of an overall infrastructure solution), printers (when purchased as part of an overall infrastructure solution), cables, client devices (when purchased as part of an overall infrastructure solution), off the shelf software (where purchased as part of an overall infrastructure solution) and infrastructure components. Plus, services relating to infrastructure hardware including but not limited to: asset tagging, imaging, delivery, installation, disposal, warranty and maintenance. Solution activities relating to infrastructure hardware are also available including but not limited to: infrastructure estate design, virtualisation solutions, project management, project implementation, support and upgrades. It is envisaged that suppliers appointed to this are capable of providing the following types of solutions:

    • Virtualisation solution
    • Active Directory requirements
    • Application packaging solutions
    • Storage solutions
    • Design, roll out and support of new infrastructure estate
    • Software deployment solution

Digital Continuity Framework

The ‘Digital Continuity’ project is managed by The National Archives, and funded by central government. It was set up in 2007 to deliver a service that helps government ensure its essential business information remains usable for as long as it is needed. Public sector organisations will now be able to effectively manage their digital information assets through periods of organisational and technological change.

The service will allow organisations to access to the tools and techniques to help them understand how to protect and maximise the life of their digital information assets and underpinning this service is a new framework of technology and related services.

Computacenter has been awarded a place on the following lots for the Digital Continuity Framework:

  • Lot 2 - Data Storage Consultancy.  Lot 2 allows us to provide storage related services to government agencies, and also any pre-packaged services, such as a storage assessment
  •  Lot 7 - Digital Archiving. Lot 7 allows us to provide digital archiving solutions to the government

Computacenter can also offer a number of related services via the new framework.

This framework has been created with the full backing of Government Government Procurement Service, and has been invested in by all central government bodies. The service starts 6th January 2011.

Computacenter services, terms and conditions are listed under contract RM848.

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Value Wales

Value WalesComputacenter 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.

Contact us:
Tel: 0870 2411 298 or email: valuewales@computacenter.com

 

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Get in touch

To find out more about Computacenter’s System Integrator IT services and solutions contact your account manager, email us at enquiries@computacenter.com or call us on 01707 631000 and ask to speak to the System Integrator team.