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Dorset County Council seeking ICT services

Charlotte Jee Published 28 January 2014

Framework worth £1m-100m to plug gaps where council's in-house team has 'inadequate capacity'



Dorset County Council has issued a tender for a framework for ICT resources and expertise worth between £1m and £100m.

The framework is being set up to 'source ICT technical resources externally where the in-house service does not have the capacity or capability to carry out the necessary ICT related work', according to the official tender notice.

The contract, which will be split into 13 lots, includes elements such as application development and support, telephony, network infrastructure, WiFi, project management, architecture and strategy and data centre infrastructure such as storage, back-up and virtualisation.

The tender notice says that the framework will provide ICT resourcing and expertise where the council has 'inadequate capacity' to develop technology already in use, develop expertise in new technologies or focus on strategy, roadmap and design.

The notice adds that suppliers will be expected to develop design and standards for the adoption of new technologies, provide expertise on technology options, provide new service requirements where technology options are undecided, and mentor staff.

The agreement, which runs for a minimum of two and a maximum of four years, is formally titled 'ICT Technical Resourcing Framework'. The council is seeking to award a maximum of three contractors per Lot, although bidders can tender for a single Lot or all 13 Lots.

The framework will be open to other public sector bodies such as other local councils, schools, universities, the police, NHS bodies, registered charities and social landlords, the notice explains.

However, former G-Cloud employee Mark Craddock took to Twitter to criticise the tender notice, saying "I nominate Dorset County Council for the worst use of CloudStore".








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