The Crown Commercial Service says spending through the new version of its Technology Products framework could reach £4bn.
The Cabinet Office procurement unit yesterday launched a tender seeking suppliers for the second iteration of the framework.
The current framework is due to expire in November, with the replacement version set to run for four years.
A statement by CCS said: “Extensive pre-market engagement activity has taken place to ensure the design of the new agreement meets the needs of our customers across the public sector.
“This includes having the right structure for buyers and suppliers and the right mix of suppliers, products and associated services, with a flexible route to market and unrivalled value for money for buyers.”
The framework, which is aimed at providing commodity technology goods and related services to all UK public bodies, is divided into six lots:
Lot 1 – Hardware
Aimed at value added resellers with the capability to provide a wide range of vendor-neutral end user devices, and other hardware
Lot 2 – Software
Aimed at specialist channel partners for software with the capability to supply a full range of commercial and Open Source commodity off-the-shelf software, software licenses and associated commoditised software services
Lot 3 – Combined Hardware and Software Requirements
Made up by suppliers with the capability of providing combined hardware and software requirements
Lot 4 – Information Assured Products
Aimed at suppliers of commoditised IT products and solutions capable of meeting specific protective, information assurance requirements
Lot 5 – Volume Hardware Requirements
Provision of volume hardware requirements directly from the original equipment manufacturer
Lot 6 – Catalogue
Enables suppliers to provide a wide range of commoditised technology hardware and software products through a single online catalogue
The deadline for tender submissions is 1 July, with suppliers expected to be appointed in September.