Scottish government prepares £300m IT services framework

The Scottish government plans to sign up suppliers for a managed IT services framework deal worth up to £300 million.

Under the three-year framework, with an optional one-year extension, suppliers will provide desktop PC, server, application and website support; helpdesk services; application delivery; basic software development; and disaster recovery.

The framework also includes project management, but states this is just for basic IT services because there are other frameworks covering large scale work such as business process outsourcing.

Organisations across Scotland’s public sector will be able to procure through the frameworks, including government departments, local councils and the emergency services.

The deal, for which up to 16 suppliers are expected to take part, covers three lots. The first is for “large” managed services including website and data hosting, the second for “small” services, and the third for hosting datacentres.

Potential suppliers have until 9 July to submit requests to participate.

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