HM Treasury has tendered for new IT services that will form part of its ICT 2015 Programme in a contract that could be worth up to £255m.
The UK's Treasury explained in a notice on the Official Journal of the European Union that it is "transitioning its ICT supply chain to a new multi-sourced model and away from its current single outsource provider contract".
The Treasury signed an outsourcing deal with Fujitsu in 2009, which covered networks, development, end-user computing and hosting applications. The contract is due to expire in January 2015, and the Treasury has established what it has called the ICT 2015 Programme to replace it.
The plan is for the Treasury to spend more of its overall procurement budget directly with SMEs. The department said it would "need to procure on a disaggregated basis all of the primary unclassified and restricted ICT services used by the department".
It said that in order to align with government strategy, the future ICT services have been broken up into a number of service towers, of which three are included in the tender notice.
The first lot is for core IT services, the second is for printing services, and the third is for media and wireless services.
It hopes to appoint up to three suppliers - one for each of the services.
Core IT services will include three services: service integration, core applications service which is responsible for the imaging of end user devices, commercial off-the-shelf and office productivity software, and core applications platform services which includes data centre and server infrastructure, maintenance and support services. This lot is worth up to £250m.
The printing services and media and services lots are worth £2.5m each, and all three of the contracts for the lots will have a maximum duration of seven years.
The remaining services will be subject to their own tender processes and they include business application services, WAN services and other ICT services which could include fixed line telephony and hosting applications.
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