Government considers wide-scale rollout of cloud-based managed print

CCS and GDS begin market engagement to examine possible use of SaaS and managed print models

The government is examining the possibility of rolling out cloud printing across Whitehall departments and agencies.

The Crown Commercial Service and Government Digital Service have jointly published an early-engagement notice looking “discuss and identify potential software solutions to deliver a cloud-based managed-print solution” via a software-as-a-service model. 

GDS said that it has been assessing the printing set-up and likely future needs of government departments and other public entities, and has identified five key requirements. 

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The first of these is that organisations want to “move to a consumption-based model for managed print services”. The second is that departments want to adopt a “cloud-first” approach for managed print, and the third is that printing services must be provided across multiple locations – including offices shared with or managed by other government entities.

The fourth priority is that managed print services must be accessible by individual mobile workers across a range of locations. The final requirement is that print services must be secure.

GDS and CCS are now looking to engage with the market to discuss how these needs could be met by software. These discussions – and any procurement exercise that ultimately takes place – will not include printers and other hardware.

Sam Trendall

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