The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has launched the new Data and Applications Solutions (DAS) procurement framework.
It said it is the first of its framework to give public sector customers the choice to buy cloud and on-premise software or a combination of both under one agreement, and provides scope for the configuration and integration of systems.
DAS replaces two earlier frameworks – Corporate Software Solutions and Local Authority Software Applications – and includes 81 suppliers, almost half of which are small or medium sized businesses. It is split into lots covering five groups: enterprise applications, local government, health and social care, police and emergency services, and education.
The enterprise applications group includes solutions relevant to all sections, while the others focus on applications relevant to the specific sector.
CCS said it also gives buyers the choice of making a direct award or running a further competition depending on the nature of the requirement. For example, they could run a competition for HR and finance modules along with a compatible ERP application, including installation and implementation.
Building on legacy
Ben Paynter, category director at CCS, said: "Data and Application Solutions builds on the legacy of the Local Authority Software Applications and Corporate Software Solutions agreements, whilst also allowing Crown Commercial Service to serve new customers in health, blue light and education.
“The agreement has been designed following extensive engagement with both customers and suppliers. It allows customers to buy software alongside necessary hardware and professional services in one procurement.
“By listening to the needs of customers and combining a mix of suppliers that will drive competition, DAS offers a value for money route to market for software led solutions."
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