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It's ALIVE! Network Services contract finally staggers upright

The government's much-delayed £2bn Network Services contract has finally gone live after 12 months of blood, sweat, tears and therapy on the part of suppliers. The framework is comprised of 61 suppliers, according to Innopsis, the representative body for public services network companies. Of those, 30 per cent are SMEs, the …
Kat Hall, 16 Jul 2015
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HMRC WLTM partner, GSOH, to help it escape the Aspire black hole

HMRC is seeking a £20m private sector partner to provide "strategic-level experience" to manage its exit from the £10.4bn Aspire mega IT deal currently underpinning Blighty's entire tax system. The tender issued this week said the partner will "help manage the exit from a large-scale outsourced arrangement that has been in place …
Kat Hall, 05 Jun 2015

Cloud on horizon in CSIRO tender

Along with desktops, laptops and servers for its 80-plus sites, a new tender from CSIRO indicates that the Australian science agency is looking at IaaS-style cloud services. CSIRO, which recently issued a tender to upgrade the iron in a Canberra data centre, has asked for information on cloud services from bidders on the server …
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Hated Capita Contingent Labour One contract will be overhauled

The government's £2.5bn Capita-run Contingent Labour One framework – hated by suppliers and buyers alike – is to be overhauled by a "more equitable" Temporary Workers contract next year. Under CLOne, Capita is responsible for the provision of "interim managers and specialist contractors" across a range of services including IT …
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2015
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Network Services delayed AGAIN. Suppliers: Oh FFS

It is week 40 of the Network Services framework tender and suppliers are still in the dark about the cause of the latest delay - which means nobody knows who's made the cut and who hasn't. A prior information notice for the framework, estimated to be worth between £100m and £2bn over four years, was published in July and a …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 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

Where's the Network Services framework at? Uh, dunno, says

Clown Crown Commercial Services has told prospective candidates for the mega Network Services framework that it will confirm the line-up of suppliers at some point. Maybe soon. It is now more than 41 weeks since the government’s supposed professional procurement arm launched the tender for the Network Services, a four year …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2015

UK's Crown Commercial Service creams off £72m from frameworks

Government procurement body Crown Commercial Services had a bumper year in 2014/15, increasing its slice of commission and fees from government frameworks by 50 per cent to a cool £72m. During that period the body doubled its staff costs to £44.4m, increased full-time headcount from 430 to 674, and ran a surplus of £2m, which …
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2015
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March deadline nears for FAT, JUICY Euro Commish cloud service contracts

EU cloud service companies have until 5 March this year to bid for lucrative EU Commission contracts. The Commish tender call aims to secure about 2,500 virtual machines and 2,500TB of storage for up to four years. The plan is to enable EU institutions to use cloud-based IT services before the end of 2015. As yet, there is no …
Jennifer Baker, 13 Jan 2015
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Parliament wants to splash £6m on network build 'n' run contract

The Houses of Parliament is looking to splash up to £6m on a data network management and support services network. The contract is worth between £3m-£6m over a six year period. The managed services deal will cover maintenance, support, management and monitoring of the Houses of Parliament Network Security Services. That …
Kat Hall, 23 Jul 2015

Whitehall IT running costs creep up again to £4.6bn

Despite government plans to cut expensive contracts, IT running costs across Whitehall crept up by 7 per cent year-on-year to £4.6bn in 2014/15, according to a spend analysis by The Register. The findings are based on official government figures from eight of the largest Whitehall departments. The Ministry of Defence – which …
Kat Hall, 20 Aug 2015
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TfL to splash £400m on networking deal, despite GDS opposition

Transport for London (TfL) has opened its wallet and invited suppliers to reach in and grab £400m under a networking deal. The scope of the deal is for a single supplier to provide access network and wide area network services as a managed service. It'll be a "major element" of the department's plan to disaggregate its …
Kat Hall, 08 Jul 2015
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Stay Misty for Me: G-Cloud’s transparency called into question

Comment The cash flowing through the G-Cloud is rising exponentially, increasing by £400m last year alone to total a very nice £600m. But while the cloudy framework's flexibility and choice is proving increasingly popular with buyers and sellers, it's worth examining what that money is – and isn't – being spent on. In fact, only a …
Kat Hall, 09 Jul 2015
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The UK government is scrapping the current version of its controversial digital services framework, which SMEs say excludes them from properly doing business with the government. Earlier this year a number of SMEs complained the framework amounted to a body-shopping exercise, with the Government Digital Service using it to …
Kat Hall, 05 Jun 2015

Wanna slice of £6bn? Set up an IT supplier and apply to the

The tender for the UK government's colossal IT supply framework, worth up to £6bn over four years, has finally landed on the desks of would-be suppliers – months after it was first expected. procurement body Crown Commercial Services has dispatched copies of the Computer Equipment and Supplies (CES) tender, initially …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2014

Breaking news: Man with Apple shares really wishes they were worth even more

Apple's $603,580,000,000 market cap – the largest ever in history – isn't big enough for Carl Icahn. The activist investor said Thursday that Apple is UNDERVALUED, and CEO Tim Cook should do more to massively increase the stock price. Icahn, who owns 53 million shares in Apple, thinks the $101 stock price is too low, and he has …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Oct 2014
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NHS Scotland to refresh creaking, 25-year-old apps

NHS Scotland is dragging its big iron software into the 21st century by putting out a call for suppliers to replace some very dusty applications, which in some cases are a quarter of a century old. A contract notice for the Mainframe Solutions Transformation Programme was published in the Official Journal of the EU, and the …
Paul Kunert, 18 May 2015
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The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

The UK’s National Health Service is paying through the nose for low-tech gear, including cables and USB flash drives, according to a poll of IT buyers. The health service came out on top in the league of prosperous procurements across 20 industry sectors, with one head admitting to coughing a margin of 920 per cent above trade …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 2015

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

Flogging kit and services to 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, said public bodies must "prepare to start doing things differently". On …
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Feb 2015
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Ark scoops £700m to host ALL's data centre needs

Exclusive Small data centre biz Ark has won a £700m four-year outsourcing megadeal with the Cabinet Office to supply the government's entire data centre estate via its Crown Hosting contract, multiple sources have told The Register. El Reg understands that the estate will initially be run via the company's two data centres in Farnborough …
Kat Hall, 12 Mar 2015
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Capita shuns its own £2.5bn framework and touts G-Cloud IT

Not content with its prime spot on a controversial deal to manage £2.5bn in public sector contractors, Capita is also touting its IT services via the G-Cloud, admitting its mega framework is not "always best for niche skills." In an unsolicted email sent to one government department, Capita appeared to admit the controversial …
Kat Hall, 25 Mar 2015
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HM Treasury: Look at our SME-friendly contracts ... that we just gave to a multinational

Her Majesty's Treasury appears to be using smoke and mirror tactics to promote the government's wider SME agenda, after splitting up a major contract into multiple towers but handing the beefiest deal to a huge corporate. The coalition has made great strides to break the oligopoly of tech suppliers that hoovered up business …
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2014
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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

Who fancies a billion-quid bonanza? Just flog the Home Office some shiny walkie-talkies

The UK Home Office is touting a mega contract worth up to £1.2bn to build a next-generation comms network for Blighty's brave emergency services. Led by the Crime and Policing Group, under the auspices of the Emergency Services Mobile Communications programme, the new system must provide voice calls and wireless broadband …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2014
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Met ready to cough £150m to IT bods who'll help coppers go digital

London's Metropolitan Police is seeking a systems integrator to help tackle its creaking IT in a deal worth up to £150m for "digital policing". The force currently spends 80 per cent of its IT budget maintaining legacy systems, according to its Total Technology plan for 2014-17, published earlier this year. Under plans for a …
Kat Hall, 08 Dec 2014
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Home Office: It's an EMERGENCY! We need proper comms

The Home Office is seeking suppliers for its Emergency Services Network contract, part of moves to replace the incumbent gaffe-prone £2.9bn Airwave contract due to expire in 2016. Contracts will be awarded in 2015 for radio, television, communication, telecommunication and related equipment, with the new ESN will going live from …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2014

Capita and Updata ink £325m Scottish PSN deal

Capita and Updata Infrastructure UK pipped BT and a joint bidding team from Vodafone and Virgin Media to scoop up the mega Scottish Wide Area Networking (SWAN) framework gig. The nine-year contract, valued at £325m, involves building and running a public sector network to be accessed by up to 4,600 sites in the country, …
Paul Kunert, 17 Feb 2014
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Stop press! NHS trust finds G-Cloud, BUYS SOMETHING with it

G-Cloud can help public sector buyers dodge the bureaucracy of a European tender process – but there is no centralised coalition-led push to get more agencies and departments using it. So says Mark Davison, director of information management & technology at Berkshire Health Trust, a mental and community services body for a …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2015

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

MoJ: Hey, hungry PC bods. Get ready to battle for this JUICY £200m contract

The Ministry of Justice has redrafted a tender to vet suppliers seeking to win its End User computing contract worth up to £200m over the next five years. The contract was first tendered in May and was worth £300m at the time, but bidding was scrapped in June after suppliers had been whittled down to a shortlist of four …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013
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Clock's ticking for suppliers who want a piece of hot DWP action

The Department of Work and Pensions has issued a call to tech firms to provide and host a toolset for service integration and management functions in a gig worth up to £17.5m over the next three years. The contract notice posted on the Official Journal of the European Union today, part of IT Transformation Programme, gives …
Paul Kunert, 03 Sep 2014

Pork time! £350m in Health Service mail-etcetera cloud deals up for grabs

The contract for a massive NHS email system is up for grabs under a £350m government IT pitch. The Crown Commercial Service has published a tender calling on providers of cloud-based email services to submit their bids for a two-year contract to run the next version of NHSMail. NHSMail is the national email and director service …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Feb 2014
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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

Met cops to collar up to £20m of IT gear a year from US giant Insight

US reseller Insight Enterprises has cut a multi-year deal with London's Metropolitan Police to supply infrastructure kit and software worth up to £20m annually – just as the Sprint ii purchasing framework nears its end of life. Sprint ii is a cross-public-sector single-supplier agreement won by SCC in April 2010; it made SCC the …
Paul Kunert, 14 Mar 2014
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SOLD: Emulex – for 34% less than shareholders were offered 6 years ago

Comment Data networking outfit Emulex, harried by activist investor Elliott Management, has given up its independence and shopped itself to Avago Technologies for $606m in cash – $8/share – giving execs and investors a nice windfall. As well as Emulex, Avago also acquires the firm's mainstay Fibre Channel HBA business, its nascent …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2015
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Usual suspects make Digital Services supplier list

Some 183 suppliers have bagged a place on a nine-month, £40m public sector framework to bid for digital services project work, with a third of the firms new to government work. A tender was issued by Government Procurement Services in July. It had been looking for a maximum of 999 suppliers to provide software engineering and …
Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2013
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Resellers eye up £60m-a-year UK uni software deals

The Southern University Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) has issued a tender to resellers for a software framework worth an estimated £60m a year. SUPC is the largest of the UK's six higher education procurement organisations and includes 117 member colleges and institutions that stump up its funding. Resellers were last week asked …
Paul Kunert, 25 Sep 2012

Scotland Yard defends single supplier IT gig with Insight

London's Metropolitan Police has defended its use of a single supplier procurement standard after it penned a four-year deal with IT hardware outfit Insight, claiming it could yield cost savings of up to ten per cent over the contract's lifetime. The previous buying arrangement that London cops had with SCC under the Sprint ii …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2014

Still no start date for’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
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Icahn doubles down on Dell offer with $14 per share buyback scheme

With exactly a month to go before the special meeting of Dell shareholders that could decide the company's fate, investor Carl Icahn has increased the pressure for a better deal for shareholders – chiefly himself. In an open letter to Dell shareholders, Icahn said that he has now purchased 72 million shares of Dell stock from …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2013
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Wannabe Dell owner Icahn's buyout blueprint blasted by board bods

Dell's special task force - set up to oversee the sale of the tech titan to private hands - has claimed wannabe owner Carl Icahn still hasn't shown them the colour of his money. The team said there had been "no financing nor any commitment" from the activist shareholder and his pals to buy the PC and server giant outright. This …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2013
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MoD signs Microsoft mega licensing deal for 180,000 PCs

The Ministry of Defence renewed a three-year Microsoft Enterprise Agreement late on Friday with Software Box Ltd (SBL) for 180,000 seats in a deal that sources value at roughly £15m per year. SBL has held the Microsoft EA with the MoD for the past nine years and channel folk are not surprised the Large Account Reseller won the …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jul 2013
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Government dials 999. What service do you require? DIGITAL

Government Procurement Services (GPS) has issued a cross public sector framework tender worth up to £40m over nine months for tech firms that can design, build and run digital services. The framework organiser is looking for a maximum of 999 participants to provide software engineering and ongoing support, system administration …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2013
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TV rudeboy and Outsourcery boss Linney joins Gov.UK SME panel

The government has enlisted the boss of an SME yet to win any business via G-Cloud to advise on ways to, er, oil the wheels of commerce for other small traders that have similarly found public sector contract success elusive. Dragons' Den star Piers Linney, joint head at AIM-listed, cloudy infrastructure biz Outsourcery, is the …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2014

FORCE suppliers to stick to 'open data principles' – MPs

UK government suppliers should be required to adhere to the same "open data principles" as government departments, a committee of MPs has proposed. The House of Commons' Public Administration Select Committee backed calls from UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham, among others, for greater transparency in the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Mar 2014

Oracle partners drool over juicy £750m ERP framework

Oracle channel partners are gearing up for a mega software and shared services framework worth up to £750m over three years via the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. A Prior Information Notice was released last week and covers the upgrade of ERP platforms including business intelligence and enterprise data warehousing, as well as …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2013

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

Cabinet Office: Lid comes off £4bn IT pork barrel 'at month end'

The Cabinet Office has confirmed it expects the delayed £4bn IT Hardware & Services framework to finally go live at month end. The three-year gig was due to start from 1 June but bidding companies were only informed by Government Procurement Services (GPS) if they had made the provisional supplier list on that day. The final …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2012

Gov cockup on £1bn mega buying framework slams SMEs in wallet

Exclusive Cost-cutting in the public sector has serious implications for service delivery: just ask the SME IT suppliers counting the expense of bidding for a mega software and services agreement that may now be scrapped. Resellers were invited in June to tender for the Applications Development, Delivery and Support Services (ADDSS) …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2012


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