The government is planning to run a series of competitions to aggregate further the purchasing of different categories of ICT for public bodies.
The Crown Commercial Service has launched a survey seeking the views of public sector customers, aimed at establishing common requirements for technology goods and services.
A statement from CCS said: “we would like to invite you to complete a short survey to help us establish common requirements for technology goods and service which can be aggregated. “Your feedback will be used to help us build a programme of further competitions over the next 36 months to meet your needs.”
The survey suggests a number of areas in which product and service purchases could be aggregates, including:
- Mobile devices eg iPhones, Blackberries, dongles (equipment purchase only)
- Technology products – PC, tablets, monitors, printers – aligned to the lots of the hardware agreements
- Fixed lines / outbound minutes tariff
- Inbound services numbers and minutes
- Data connectivity (including broadband / WAN / point to point circuits)
- Unified communications
- Managed voice & data services
- LAN maintenance
- Conferencing services (audio / video or web)
- Contact centre service
- Software as service
- Software licences
- Traffic management – mapped to agreement lot structure
But it also asked for further suggestions from respondents.
The CCS also said that it would be running an e-auction in November or December for technology hardware products, following the launch of the Technology Products framework.
It added that a further similar competition could be run in the next year.
A competition for aggregated mobile and data services is also being developed, after a previous version achieved savings of £5.1m, it said.
And following the launch of the managed email agreement, CCS said it would also run another competition for these services.