Government seeks £1bn worth of application services

The government has revealed details of an extensive application development, delivery and support services framework for use across the public sector, worth some £1 billion.

It is intended that services will be purchased by central government departments, government agencies, NHS bodies and local authorities.

The framework is made up of 35 lots, which include ERP solutions, big data tools, security, IT forensic services, application support, maintenance, geographical data provision, CRM solutions and intelligence tools.

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An online contract notice indicates that the framework will run for at least two years, with the option to extend up to four years, and have as many as 680 suppliers involved.

Those interested in participating in the tender process have until the 30 July to inform the Government Procurement Service.

In other public sector procurement news, government CIO Andy Nelson has said that he is considering creating a third framework to complement both the G-Cloud and G-Hosting frameworks in a bid to help the public sector move away from legacy systems to modern platforms and drive cloud adoption.