Government picks 76 suppliers for £4bn digital transformation framework

Almost three in five firms picked for procurement vehicle are considered SMEs

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The Crown Commercial Service has picked 76 suppliers for a major £4bn framework intended to enable public bodies to deliver tech transformation projects.

Newly published procurement documents reveal that the Digital Specialists and Programmes framework came into effect last month and runs for an initial term of two years. The procurement vehicle may then be extended by two further terms of 12 months each.

The deal is comprised of two lots, the first of which is intended to serve public-sector organisations seeking a supplier to support the delivery of large-scale transformation programmes. This will include projects that represent “a rethinking of how an organisation uses technology, people and processes to create new business models and new revenue streams – such as building mobile applications or ecommerce platforms”.

By far the larger of the two segments, CCS estimates that the first lot will be worth about £3bn to the 51 featured suppliers.

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The second lot – which includes 52 firms and is valued at £1bn – is intended to allow public bodies to bring in digital specialists that can assist in delivering the kind of “larger capability programmes” that require significant numbers of “supplier staff to achieve strategic objectives through…projects that involve: research; test; design; build; release; iteration; support; and/or retirement of digital services, outcomes and deliverables”.

The new framework will take on and expand some of the remit of the long-standing Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) framework, which is now in its fifth iteration.

DOS features four lots, respectively dedicated to: digital outcomes; digital specialists; user research studios; and user research participants.

By far the biggest of these – with an annual worth estimated at about £575m – is the digital specialists lot. The intention of CCS is that the needs of buyers currently using this lot will, to some extent, now be addressed by the Digital Specialists and Programmes framework.

Although the new contract is also designed to support the delivery of larger and more complex programmes than those that might typically be served by suppliers on the Digital Outcomes deal.

The incoming framework also set out to identify and include a much smaller number of providers, when compared with the 3,340 that featured on DOS. CCS’s initial estimate was that about 50 firms would feature, although the final tally of 76 – including 27 which feature on both lots – is somewhat higher. A total of 44 suppliers are classified as SMEs; this equates to almost 60% of the overall total.

The chosen firms are:

Both lots:
Actica Consulting; Aire Logic; Airwalk Reply; BAE Systems; Capgemini; Caution Your Blast; CGI IT; Cognizant; Hippo Digital; IBI Group; Informed Solutions; Kainos; Mass Consultants; Mastek; NTT Data; Opencase Software; Parico; Solirius; Sol-Tec; Sopra Steria; Tata Consultancy Services; Tecknuovo; ThoughtWorks; TPXImpact; Triad Group; UBDS Consulting; Version 1 Solutions.

Digital programmes only
6 point 6; Aiimi; Better Group; BMT Defence and Security; Certes IT Service Solutions; Civica; Datavid; Deloitte; dxw; Equal Experts; Experis; Fujitsu Services; Hive IT; i10; Idox Software; Kin and Carta; Made Tech; Netcompany; Niaxo; PA Consulting Services; Red Scientific; Risual; Rowe IT; Unilink Software

Digital specialists only
Accenture; Albany Beck Consulting; CACI; Capita Business Services; Catapult CX; Coforge; Computacenter; Create Change; Cyber-Duck; Daintta; Engine Partners; EY; Green Park Interim and Executive; i3Works; ICT Educational Services; Identity E2E; Insight; Logiq Consulting; Lucid Support Services; Michael Bailey Associates; Methods Business and Digital Technology; Olive Jar Digital; Resulting; SmartSourcing; Waracle. 


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