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Treasury starts search for future ICT services

Charlotte Jee Published 12 August 2013

SME-friendly 'towers' model to replace single contract with Fujitsu due to expire in January 2015


HM Treasury has initiated its search for a replacement for its existing single outsourced ICT services contract.

According to a pre-tender notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), the department has set up the 'ICT 2015' programme to deliver a replacement for its restricted and unclassified ICT services when the current contract expires at the end of January 2015.

HM Treasury anticipates that it will run a single procurement exercise resulting in around six contracts being awarded across all services.

Speaking to Government Computing, an HM Treasury spokesperson was keen to emphasise that the department is "particularly interested in hearing from SMEs and companies with significant volumes of SMEs in the supply chain".

He added that HM Treasury "has tried to structure the contract in such a way that generates interest from small and medium-sized companies, as part of the government's wider policy of lifting barriers to entry for SMEs".

The prospectus for the 'ICT 2015' programme explains that it is breaking up the single provider arrangement into a number of discrete contracts 'to ensure alignment with the current direction of government ICT, to encourage SME participation and to deliver efficiencies in its supply chain'.

The six individual contracts will be for separate 'towers' including core applications and delivery, line of business applications, hosting and delivery, printing services and media and wireless services. The department is also seeking a supplier to provide WAN connectivity over PSN to its sites.

HM Treasury is also seeking a provider to take responsibility for the day-to-day coordination of the service across all providers and act as the interface for the department as the customer.

The prospectus says 'the vision for all HM Treasury staff is to be able to work from any location, collaborate with any one, access any information and work from any device'.

The programme will deliver services to approximately 1,200 people at the department's main site in London and a further 35 based in Norwich, however there is a possibility that the services could be rolled out to other departments and public sector bodies.

The OJEU notice says that 'all future services should be fully scalable as it is possible that other government delivery organisations could be on-boarded over time and the size of the Treasury will change'.

The document explains that the key components of the programme will be a new, secure corporate 'Official' IT system to replace the existing 'Restricted' service, a choice of devices, with the default being a hybrid laptop/tablet device, the ability to access some ICT services from a non-corporate device and improved levels of service and responsiveness for Treasury users and guests.

As the operating model is new for HM Treasury, the department is seeking market feedback on its proposals and the ability of the market to respond. The department will hold a number of market engagement events, the first of which is due to take place at the Treasury's headquarters (1 Horse Guards Road) on 19 and 23 August 2013, with each session running from 1-5pm.

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