The framework for “standard and non-standard IT desktop / infrastructure hardware and commoditised services” will allow the public sector to get better value when buying items such as desktops, laptops, tablets, servers, printers and most commonly used peripherals. The award supports the delivery of the Government’s ICT strategy and is projected to save taxpayers £6.5m this financial year.
Key aspects of the framework include:
- Standardised product specifications to reduce costs.
- Good mix of supplier types, including Original Equipment Manufacturers, SMEs and resellers.
- Greater transparency via open book costing and tight controls around the elements of pricing that make up a solution or service.
- Sustainability. The framework consists of 12 lots, ten of which are for the provision of standardised products. All products offered in these standard lots meet the Government Buying Standards, offering a range of sustainable and energy-efficient IT hardware, helping the public sector to drive down its carbon footprint and energy consumption.
- Innovative procurement techniques – the use of eAuctions for this procurement drove costs down by around 22% from the opening bids, and GPS will be running further auctions on behalf of customers to achieve greater savings against catalogue pricing where there are committed volumes of products.
- The framework has been let for two years, with the option to extend up to a maximum of four years, and is available for all organisations across the public sector to use.