Articles about Procurement

Peep peep! All aboard the £300m UK education IT procurement express

The clock is ticking for tech suppliers wanting to grab a seat on the soon-to-be refreshed UK "ICT Services for Education" framework gravy train, estimated to be worth up to £300m over four years. A contract notice was placed by Crown Commercial Services on the Official Journal of the European Union at the weekend, indicating …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2014

Cabinet Office admits it was forced to extend tech procurement rig

Cabinet Office was forced to paper over cracks in its procurement strategy by extending an infrastructure kit framework for two-thirds of a year as replacements remained way off completion, a spokesman admitted. The Commodity IT Hardware & Software (CITHS) agreement had been set to go cold at the start of March having run for …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014

UK gov 'still failing' at procurement, says Commons committee

Systemic failures in government procurement and contract management continue "unabated" three years after the coalition vowed to tackle inefficiencies in the way public sector people buy tech. This is according to the House of Commons' Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) led by Bernard Jenkins MP (Con), which conceded …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jul 2013

Soz SMEs, we're not interested in your direct biz

Small biz suppliers received no more love from government procurement departments last year, with direct spend dipping by 0.1 per cent compared with 2012/13 to £4.5bn. Over the last two years, direct spend rose by just 0.3 per cent, according to government figures. In 2010 the government set a target for 25 per cent of all its …
Kat Hall, 25 Feb 2015
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UK's chief procurement officer quits for COO post at recruitment firm

The government's chief procurement officer John Collington has resigned to leave for a post in the private sector. Collington is leaving to become chief operating officer of Alexander Mann Solutions, a UK-based specialist in global recruitment process outsourcing. His successor will be named in due course, the Cabinet Office …

Flogging kit and services to UK.gov? YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE

A raft of major changes to the regulation of procurement in the public sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is set to be introduced later this month. Public procurement law expert Stuart Cairns of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said public bodies must "prepare to start doing things differently". On …
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Feb 2015
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Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

Outsourcing giant Capita is one of three major companies to be awarded a place on the £5bn Lead Provider Framework for Commissioning Support Services. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be required to re-procure many of their support services by April 2016 in order to comply with EU procurement law, which NHS England …
Kat Hall, 09 Feb 2015
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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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Crims at vendors could crock kit says ENISA

Before you sign on the dotted line to acquire some kit or sign up a service provider, ask the vendor you're considering if any of their staff have criminal records. That's just one of many, many, suggestions made by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), in a new guide to Secure ICT Procurement …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2014
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Cabinet Office publishes open source procurement toolkit

The Cabinet Office has published an open source procurement toolkit for the public sector on its website. It said the purpose is to ensure that there is a level playing field for open source and proprietary software and that some of the myths associated with open source are dispelled. The toolkit includes six documents: All …
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UK.gov tempts SMEs with tasty framework, then slaps them in face

Central government is breaking its own commitment to increase procurement from SMEs by squeezing small businesses out of its existing frameworks for "digital services." A number of small businesses have complained that the set-up of the latest version of the Digital Services framework amounts to a recruitment "body-shopping" …
Kat Hall, 10 Feb 2015
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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

MPs in SHOCK discovery: G-Cloud yet to impact govt SME biz

Just 27 per cent of MPs believe the G-Cloud has enabled small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to more easily access the UK government's notoriously closed ICT market, according to a survey of MPs and peers. By contrast, peers were more encouraging, with 52 per cent believing the programme has improved SME access - although many …
Kat Hall, 10 Dec 2014
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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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London Boroughs join forces in mighty £1bn IT procurement framework

A collective of London borough councils are pulling together their purchasing power in a mega IT products and services framework worth up to £1.1bn over four years. An invitation to tender was sent to prospective suppliers late last week covering three lots - distributed computing, service desk and data centre services. …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2013
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Gov pops lid on mighty £2bn PSN procurement barrel

The Government Procurement Service is setting up a pan-government framework for Public Services Network (PSN) and associated communications equipment and services. An advertisement in the Official Journal of the European Union says the framework is valued at between £500m and £2bn. It will be divided into 10 lots covering …
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EC consults on procurement law overhaul

The European Commission plans to change the way that public procurement in the EU works, aiming to reform rules so that the process becomes easier and more transparent. It aims to encourage more smaller companies to participate, it said. EU rules govern the way that all public contracts above a certain amount are conducted in a …
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Feb 2011
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$1.6bn VMware defence deal challenged by AWS, Citrix and Nutanix

Amazon Web Services, Citrix and Nutanix have protested a US government plan to sign a US$1.6bn software and support contract with VMware. Virtzilla's wares are widely used in the US military, which appears pleased with the company's products but unhappy with procurement arrangements. A Justification For Other Than Full And Equal …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015
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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

£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

Whitehall mandarins have wasted more than £100m on failed or cancelled IT projects in the last 12 months. That’s according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance, which has collated losses across all departments for 2013 – 2014. The Alliance uncovered £107m lost as projects were scrapped, gains weren’t realized or unnecessary costs were …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2015

Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

The Chinese government has banned Windows 8 from a sizeable chunk of public-sector PCs – capping off a long-running dispute with Microsoft over the company's decision to cut support for XP. The ban was announced by the government's IT procurement agency in a notice posted online on Friday. It was addressed to vendors bidding on …
Jack Clark, 20 May 2014

Mega GP tech services framework badge awarded

Insight UK and Phoenix IT Group are flying the flag for mainstream tech suppliers after scoring a seat on the mammoth General Practice Systems of Choice (GPSoC) framework. GPSoC covers 75 per cent of GP surgeries in England and is administered by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, which provides information, data, …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2014
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Coalition rejigs gov procurement to give SMEs an in

The government launched a new website this afternoon for contractors looking to win public sector jobs that cost over £10,000. It's hoped that more small businesses will get involved in the procurement process, said Prime Minister David Cameron. Stephen Allot has been tasked with improving dialogue between Whitehall and smaller …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2011
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Psst. Hey, Jock. I got £100m for outsourcers here. Fancy a hit?

A £100m pot of cash for managed service providers will form part of the Scottish government's next public sector-wide tech agreement. A prior information notice on the Official Journal of the EU was distributed to suppliers for the replacement to the Scottish Procurement Framework, which is currently winding down. "Scottish …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jul 2014

NSW government agencies bend over and take it from telcos

Even though telecommunications contracts are an eternal staple of government contract management, government agencies in the Australian state of New South Wales lack the expertise needed to get the most out of the agreements they sign with carriers. That's the conclusion of a report prepared for the government by the auditor- …
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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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Still no start date for UK.gov’s £6 BEEELLION Tech Products contract

The Cabinet Office has confirmed the line-up of suppliers for the latest pan-public sector mega framework, but is unable to provide a start date nearly a year after the contract notice was first published. “We are pleased to announce that the Technology Products agreement has been awarded. We will share further information on …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2014

Hey, posh boy. Fancy a £200m PHONE THREESOME?

A massive phone and network connectivity services framework between three local authorities is up for grabs, valued up to £200m over four years. A contract notice for by the procurement peeps at the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington was published this week on the Official Journal of the European Union. The tender for …
Kat Hall, 09 Jan 2015
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New e-Signature rules: Shouldn't WE be using it? – Steelie Neelie

After 15 years, the EU is finally updating its e-Signature rules — designed to establish a legal framework for the use of data signatures — although they won't apply to EU institutions themselves, much to the chagrin of outgoing Digital Agenda Commissioner Steelie Neelie Kroes. Neelie Kroes signs eID Neelie Kroes signs the eID …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Oct 2014

Intel, Apple and Cisco crossed off Chinese Gov's kit list

Update: Cisco denies report China appears to have lopped Cisco and Apple from the list of vendors approved to sell to its government. A Reuters analysis of official data also says Intel, McAfee and Citrix were also lopped, and the total number of foreign tech suppliers on the list is down by one-third. Suppliers of imported security-related products have …
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Fujitsu slapped down in Land of the FALLING YEN

Revenue dropped 2.4 per cent at Japanese IT giant Fujitsu to ¥1,171.5bn (£6.6bn, $9.9bn) in the firm's third-quarter results, when compared with the same period last year, although a fall in the yen propped up non-domestic revenue levels. Sales in Japan took the biggest hit, falling 8.6 per cent due to a decline in shipments of …
Kat Hall, 30 Jan 2015

BP: Oil prices crashed, so must our ICT budget

BP has confirmed it is looking to squeeze costs from its annual ICT budget on the back of crashing oil prices, and well-placed sources tell us the business wants to identify $300m in savings. It’s been a tough couple of years for the over-enthusiastic oil seeker and distributor, what with the crisis in Gulf of Mexico and more …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2015
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Alca-Lu's Chinese joint venture in corruption scandal

Alcatel-Lucent's operation in China, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB), has been accused of graft by an HR manager who has since gone missing. According to a Caixin report, 45-year-old Jia Lining took to the WeChat messaging application to post accusations against “high-level” executives of ASB that they engaged in corruption …
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Data-centre procurement ain't what it used to be

The cost of supplying IT services inside businesses has never been more visible, with much marketing attention focusing on the question “Why aren’t you using cloud-based services instead of running your own systems?” More than ever, IT departments are having to justify their funding and show they are doing a good job. Just how …
Tony Lock, 18 Dec 2012
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DWP puts central apps procurement on hold

The Department for Work and Pensions has suspended part of its procurement exercise for a central government application deployment service. A spokesperson for the department told GC News that the competition for two of the five lots has been suspended, but insisted that the process as a whole has not been cancelled. The parts …
Kable, 05 Jul 2010
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EU Commission will overhaul procurement laws

The European Commission has announced a review of public procurement laws. The Commission said change was necessary to cope with new e-procurement practices and to respond to more demand for public-private partnerships. The Commission said that there was a need for greater flexibility in procurement rules and more speed in …
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Apr 2010
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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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South Australian Department formalises Apple procurement

Apples seem to be invading the South Australian Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology’s (DFEEST) colleges of Technical and Further Education (TAFE). Exhibit A for the invasion is a tender which says “As there is currently no across Government arrangement for the supply of Apple Computers, DFEEST …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2012
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Brightstar deal means Post Office mobile network could be a thing

The Post Office is ramping up its plans to become a virtual mobile phone network, with hardware distributor Brightstar being appointed to handle logistics for SIMs and phones. The deal between the Post Office and EE to provide an MVNO, a virtual network with the Post Office brand, was revealed in 2012 when a Request for …
Simon Rockman, 26 Jan 2015

Working over Christmas? Government tech suppliers will be

The government’s tech procurement arm is asking suppliers to burn candles brightly over the festive season by filling in a 700-question Network Services tender after redrafting it. An OJEU contract notice for the framework, worth between £100m to £2bn over four years, was rewritten because suppliers claimed it was convoluted. As …
Paul Kunert, 22 Dec 2014

Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?

The Home Office is seeking suppliers for a £20m contract for a "bespoke tracking and surveillance system" for all law enforcement agencies. The tender for surveillance, security systems and devices also includes software "to meet the specific and unique operational requirements of a covert surveillance systems." Suppliers will …
Kat Hall, 27 Nov 2014
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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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Shaking that AAS: It's time for vendors to stop selling storage

Storagebod In the shower today, I thought back over a number of meetings with storage vendors I’ve had over the past couple of weeks. Almost without exception, they mentioned AWS and the other large cloud vendors as a major threat and compared their costs to them. We’ve all seen the calculation and generally we know that for many large …
StorageBod, 24 Nov 2014

Post Office: Here's £100m, Computacenter. Now get us up to date, for pity's sake

Services-based reseller Computacenter has bagged a £100m project to refresh and manage tens of thousands of PCs for the Post Office, in line with the customer’s aim to drag itself into the 21st century. The four-year End User Computing Tower involves CC buying, configuring, installing and maintaining more than 30,000 devices …
Paul Kunert, 08 Dec 2014
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China: Our approved vendor list – Kaspersky, Symantec AREN'T on it

Updated Security firms Kaspersky Labs and Symantec appear to have both been booted off China’s list of approved vendors for government agencies. This development comes as the country continues to tighten up against foreign tech firms in the wake of the NSA surveillance revelations. The People’s Daily reported first in a tweet that the …
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Government to examine public procurement practices

Competition watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will investigate the way Government and local authorities buy services in a bid to ensure that competition law is being respected. The OFT has already studied the role of Government in markets and plans to spend the next year analysing the Government's role in buying, selling …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Dec 2010
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MoJ hands £125m to outsourcing giant Atos

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has handed a £125m five-year contract for End User Computing (EUC) services to outsourcer Atos. The deal includes PCs, fondleslabs and related software, peripherals, storage, services, training and management across 2,300 MoJ sites. It forms one of the last components of the department's Future IT …
Kat Hall, 05 Nov 2014

HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky'

HMRC's eye-wateringly expensive £10.4bn IT deal – "the largest technology contract in government" – could be too risky to change as the department has failed to plan for a new contract model, MPs have warned. The Aspire contract underpins the collection of £500bn tax income for the government. It has also generated £1.2bn in …
Kat Hall, 27 Jan 2015
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Scottish gov may miss IT budget cut target

The Scottish government is unlikely to hit a public sector savings target after new data revealed that halfway through a five-year billion-pound savings drive, bureaucrats shaved just six per cent from its IT budgets. In a report published in June 2011, the businessman John McClelland called for savings of between £870m and £1bn …
Team Register, 18 Mar 2014

UK.gov pops lid off £700m barrel of non-Cloudable hosting pork

The Cabinet Office is seeking a joint venture partner to help it tackle what it describes as one of the most costly areas of public sector tech – hosting. Crown Hosting (CHS), along with Government Digital Services, is hunting for a "private sector partner" to take a minimum 75 per cent stake in a joint venture vehicle to …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2014