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Buying Solutions launches office supply framework

Buying Solutions has tendered for the first of its nine frameworks designed to provide a centralised procurement model. A tender document from the government's chief procurement agency says that the framework, worth between £240m and £400m over four years, is aimed at transforming how it buys common goods and services. It wants …
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Boss leaves Buying Solutions, writing on the wall?

Alison Littley, chief executive of Buying Solutions, is leaving the quango which was meant to sort out central government IT procurement and other services. A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said: "We can confirm that Alison Littley has announced her decision to move on from Buying Solutions, following five years as its Chief …
John Oates, 04 Feb 2011
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Buying Solutions signs £6bn framework deal

The Treasury agency Buying Solutions has said that a pan-government framework arrangement with 20 suppliers could be worth £6bn. The deal, announced on 25 March 2010, will deliver desktop hardware, IT hardware infrastructure, software and associated services to Whitehall departments, their agencies, local authorities and the NHS …
Kable, 29 Mar 2010
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Buying Solutions plans £600m managed services deal

The Treasury's purchasing agency is looking for up to 10 suppliers for a pan-government managed IT services framework. Buying Solutions said the two-year procurement agreement will provide public sector and associated organisations with end to end IT managed services. This will include the management of servers, desktops, laptop …
Kable, 15 Jun 2009
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Government seeks chief procurement officer

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that it will fold the job of running Buying Solutions into its new post of chief procurement officer. The chief procurement officer role will combine the posts of chief executive of the government's procurement agency, Buying Solutions, and head of procurement in the Cabinet Office's Efficiency …
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UK.gov brings Whitehall procurement under one roof

The government has created a new Chief Procurement Officer role in an effort to drive down costs by bringing the buying of goods and services under one roof in Whitehall. John Collington will head up UK.gov's efforts to centralise procurement spending and oversee the Buying Solutions agency. He previously worked in a very …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2011
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UK.gov's mega-cloud VIP biz list kept under wraps

Scores of IT suppliers and consultancy firms have made it onto the G-Cloud framework, but government officials are keeping schtum about the names and numbers until a two-week cooling off period passes. A Cabinet Office spokesman told El Reg that 600 firms applied to be involved in Blighty's public sector mega-cloud system, and …
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2012
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UK gov to create central procurement team

The Cabinet Office is to create a central team for the procurement of widely used goods and services for the whole of government. Named Government Procurement, it will set up contracts that use a single price for a specific good or service, and is aimed at removing disparities in price between departments. It will be led by the …
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Police body defends controversial procurement deal

The National Policing Improvement Agency has defended its decision to force the Met in England and Wales to procure IT kit exclusively from the Sprint ii framework, citing cost savings in the two months since it was implemented. This will scupper any lingering hopes resellers had that the NPIA would backtrack on its …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jun 2011
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Side-lined suppliers beat on Police procurement deal

The Home Office's ruling that police buy commodity hardware and software from a single supplier framework instead of a multi-reseller agreement continues to attract biting criticism from side-lined suppliers. Following the imposition of benchmarks to determine best value for money, forces in England and Wales were mandated in …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2011
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Home Office to review future of Sprint ii framework

The Home Office will review the controversial Sprint ii procurement framework once the newly created police ICT company is up and running next spring, giving hope to many suppliers that blue light business will be back in their future. The government mandated police purchasing heads in England and Wales to buy low-end IT kit via …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2011
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IT suppliers fear new GP consortia will 'create difficulties'

Suppliers of IT systems to England's NHS may face difficulties in the market if the planned reorganisation causes big differences in requirements, according to the manager responsible for health at one of the largest vendors of government IT. Graham Lay, vice president for government, healthcare and transport at HP Enterprise …
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National police procurement hub goes live

The National Police Procurement Hub goes live today with coppers in Lincolnshire the first to implement the "Amazon" styled e-commerce platform. The portal set up by ProcServe with the backing of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), allows fuzz to buy IT, body armour and vehicles from 500 suppliers – though it was …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2011
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HP palms £316m in DWP desktop deal

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has awarded a significant desktop management contract to HP under the Desktop 21 framework agreement. The five-year £316m Desktop 21 deal covers a range of desktop services including security, print, service desk and device provision and support, and will see the DWP move to HP's …
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Scotland Yard cancels £20m IT tender

The Metropolitan Police Authority has cancelled its tender for a new custody and case-preparation system in favour of using a framework run by the Government Procurement Service. It has published a cancellation of the tender notice, which was posted in May and valued at up to £20m, in the Official Journal of the European Union. …
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Government agrees terms with cloud supplier

A cloud computing service provider has claimed an agreement with a central government working group to make it the first supplier in the field to deal with government as a single customer. Huddle said it has developed common terms and conditions and a pricing model for all of its business with government in agreement with a …
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Defra gives IBM 21% MORE dosh this year

IBM has increased its dominance of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra) budget, after a 21 per cent increase in its income from the department. The firm now receives nearly a quarter of Defra's £398.7m spending with external suppliers. Defra paid the firm £99.1m in 2010-11, according to figures …
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Parliament's expenses body spent £2.2m on IT

The newly minted Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has spent £2.2m on IT to get itself up and running, a commons answer revealed yesterday. Bob Russell MP asked what services Calyx UK provided to the authority and whether it had considered other suppliers. Charles Walker, representing the Speaker's Committee for the …
Joe Fay, 04 Mar 2011
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Council saves quarter mil' from mobile bill

Derby City Council reckons it saved £250,000 by putting its mobile phone bill up for auction, and now everyone else can get financial help to do the same thing. Derby's saving came at the end of a 52-minute auction, conducted electronically, with the eventual winner offering a price around 60 per cent of what the council had …
Bill Ray, 02 Feb 2010
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£500m telecoms deal up for grabs

Buying Solutions has started the procurement process for a new Managed Telecommunications Service. The procurement agency of the Office of Government Commerce has published a tender inviting applications for places on a framework agreement that could be worth up to £500m over four years. It marks a significant change from the …
Kable, 17 Dec 2009
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UK.gov awards managed services deal to lucky dozen

Buying Solutions has announced that it has awarded a two-year IT managed services framework agreement to 12 suppliers. The government procurement agency said the contract, which includes the management of servers, PCs and laptops, is now live at public sector and associated organisations. "This framework agreement caters for …
Kable, 16 Aug 2010

Fujitsu grabs billion pound HP contract

The Department of Work and Pensions has picked Fujitsu to sort out its desktop computers, even though the company faces a ballot of union members to end its long-running dispute with the Unite union. The multi-billion pound procurement deal was run in association with Buying Solutions - the government's central procurement …
John Oates, 16 Feb 2010
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UK gov squeezes 'best pricing' pledge from MS

Buying Solutions, the procurement arm of the UK government, yesterday proclaimed a new, better licensing deal with Microsoft. By securing best pricing terms for public sector bodies whatever their size (our italics), The Government could save us £75m over five years. For the first time, Microsoft licenses are fully …
Drew Cullen, 08 May 2009
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Police procurement deal means cops pay more

West Midlands Police Authority has cast doubts on Home Office claims about the savings offered by the controversial Sprint ii IT procurement framework and plans to minimise its use. All forces in England and Wales were mandated by government in March to buy commodity hardware and software via Sprint ii – a pan-public sector …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011
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NHS told: freeze all Microsoft spend

The Cabinet Office is halting all but emergency purchases of Microsoft software in the NHS as it negotiates a pan-government procurement deal with the software giant. The Crown Representative, headed by former Micro Focus CEO Stephen Kelly – appointed by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude in April – is leading talks with 20 …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jul 2011
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OGC claims £196.7m ICT savings

The Office of Government Commerce has reported record savings from the collaborative procurement of ICT. A spokesperson told GC News that government departments saved £196.7m in ICT procurement, accounting for a significant proportion of £1.4bn in "value for money" savings across the public sector. The OGC's annual statement, …
Kable, 15 Dec 2009
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Defra spent £82m with IBM last year

Spending data released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has revealed IBM to be the department's biggest supplier. The list, released by Defra under Freedom of Information on 7 June 2010, shows that it paid IBM UK a total of £82.2m in 2009-10. The firm, which provides the department with most of its IT …
Kable, 08 Jun 2010
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UK IT projects must pull up socks, says hefty maven

The UK coalition government will have to ensure fewer failed public sector IT projects in the future if it wants to avoid a public backlash, according to the former boss of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) Sir Peter Gershon. Speaking at the Association for Project Management conference in London last Thursday he said: " …
Ken Young, 22 Oct 2010
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Hotshot to revive Gov. procurement

OGC Buying Solutions has replaced its chief executive with a jazzy international marketing cheese charged with reviving its bedraggled reputation. The British government's procurement agency, which handled £2bn of government business last year, has built a reputations for squeezing suppliers till they give blood, favouring …
Mark Ballard, 14 Sep 2006
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Gov stitches up IT price cuts

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has negotiated price cuts of 45 per cent on computer hardware supplied through its Catalist framework agreements, it said yesterday. The OGC framework regime is already notoriously tight for suppliers, with most British firms that supply PCs to the public sector complaining they can …
Mark Ballard, 30 Aug 2006
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Gov. diverts £2bn gravy train

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC), has caved in to industry protests over its attempt to railroad controversial policies for the second time in a year. The Treasury buying arm is in danger of earning a reputation as a soft touch after broadening the supplier roster for framework contracts worth up to £1bn this week - and …
Mark Ballard, 20 Feb 2006
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Open Source ready for prime time in UK.gov, says OGC

Open Source Software is now a viable and credible alternative for government, says a report published yesterday by the UK's Office of Government Commerce. The report, detailing the verdict on a series of proof of concept trials of OSS, which were carried out in conjunction with Sun and IBM over the past year, notes that the …
John Lettice, 28 Oct 2004