Thames Water is putting out to tender a five year framework deal worth up to £25 million for the supply of IT hardware and support services.

Thames Water envisages including up to 24 suppliers within the framework to choose hardware and services from, with the framework estimated to be worth a total of between £15 million and £25 million.

The "IT Hardware Vendor Pool" framework will include both IT hardware manufacturers and IT resellers, with the products covered in the framework including servers, desktops, networking kit, storage and peripherals of all sizes, said Thames.

Those interested in being included in the framework have until early September to apply.

Thames Water recently went to Wipro to support its £4 million project to consolidate and transform its operations and control centre, in a bid to create a single view of its systems’ data and improve real-time analytics.

The AORTA (Asset Operations Real Time Analytics) project has allowed Thames to consolidate data feeds from a number of legacy control systems, including production planning, water in supply and event monitoring, into a single platform.