The Government Procurement Service has just opened a new framework for IT hardware and solutions for the sector it says will save money for buyers and taxpayers alike.
The framework for standard and non-standard IT desktop / infrastructure hardware and commoditised services, it claims, will allow the public sector to get better value when buying items such as desktops, laptops, tablets, servers, printers and most commonly used peripherals.
Companies that made it on to the list are:
The head of the CBI’s told the ongoing In speech to the Local Government Association Annual Conference today that councils have an important role to play in boosting growth.
How? By making smart decisions at a local level, thinks John Cridland, CBI Director-General, who told delegates that, “It’s absolutely clear business and councils are going to need to work together if we’re to deliver growth.”
Key; procurement.
Giving bobbies on the beat Blackberrys cost the  taxpayer £71 milion pounds - but only delivered £600,000 of promised savings. 
As part of the Mobile Information Programme which ran between 2008 and 2010, the Home Office distributed £71 million of central funding through the National Policing Improvement Agency to police forces to enable them to buy over 41,000 new mobile devices (such as Blackberrys) for police officers and police community support officers.
The Home Office said the scheme would suppor
Over two years into the Coalition administration more and more questions have been asked about the effectiveness of austerity policies.
The procurement outsourcing market saw strong growth in 2011, expanding by 14% over the year, according to research from market watchers Everest Group.
Dominating the market: IBM, Accenture, and specialist Procurian - which between them represent a massive 70% of the industry.
"The rapidly growing PO [procurement outsourcing] market attracted new entrants. M&A activity also increased.

Analysts K2 wonder how much we can rely on the 'Procurement Pledge' by the centre to help SMEs

At K2 Advisory, we spend much of our working day engaging with both the buyers of ICT and the suppliers of ICT, helping them to work out how they can better engage with each other. This issue is particularly pertinent in the public sector at the moment in light of the Procurement Pledge recently issued by the Cabinet Office.

Steve Lethbridge of Imprivata worries how we can get back to a better procurement culture for tech in the NHS post the National Programme
It is common knowledge that the NHS is under pressure to make efficiency savings of £20bn by 2015 while simultaneously improving the quality of care that it provides.
In connection with today's announcement about publication of £70bn worth of possible government ICT procurement, you might be interested in listening to this short AudioBoo clip of Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude discussing the news:

Some £70bn worth of potential future government contracts, including ICT, was published by the Cabinet Office today, a move opening up five years' worth of state business.
Future contracts now announced cover 13 different sectors - from construction, property, medical and Police equipment. Plans for other key sectors are also promised.
And its move's being supported by industry leaders today, with a total of 17 industry bodies and suppliers,
IT news site The Register has an intriguing story that claims channel firms are getting pretty fed up with current procurement structures that they say are justtoo bureaucractic.
Worryingly, this isn’t the usual qualification questionnaire nightmare or OEJU nonsense – it’s the very systems put in place by the cabinet Office to make all this so much simpler: big Frameworks.
Three separate frameworks now look like runni