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CCS agrees new pricing MoU with Microsoft

20/04/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has said it has negotiated a new iteration of its Digital Transformation Arrangement with Microsoft.

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Otherwise known as DTA21, it is a three-year memorandum of understanding to give eligible public sector customers access to preferential commercial terms.

It will replace the earlier version, which is set to expire at the end of this month.

The original DTA was designed to provide baseline pricing and discounts on Microsoft products for the use of digital, data and technology services, and in May of last year was expanded to take in Microsoft offerings on the Azure cloud.

Philip Orumwense, commercial director and chief technology procurement officer at CCS, said: “This agreement recognises the significance of cloud computing to the UK public sector as it continues its digital transformation and aims to build back better. It is another example of CCS’s commitment to achieving outstanding commercial value for our customers across the public sector.”

CCS emphasised that DTA21 is not a route to market and pointed to the use of lot three of its Technology Products and Associated Services framework.

Police support

The agreement has been welcomed by the recently launched Police Digital Services, whose CEO Ian Bell commented: “The adoption of modern tools, including the Microsoft product suite, is critical to the everyday work of policing.

“This MoU reflects the ambitions of the National Policing Digital Strategy by enabling officers and staff through digital, embedding a whole public sector approach and empowering the private sector. Its realisation is a tangible example of how policing is being enabled to deliver against these ambitions.”

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