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CCS launches new technology expense management framework


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has launched a new technology expense management (TEM) framework for public sector buyers, naming Calero Software as the sole supplier.

It offers participating customers access to seven TEM services aimed at reducing the cost of their communications infrastructure.

The framework differs from an earlier version with a similar aim by providing for a more direct relationship between customers and the supplier, and is open to central government departments, local councils, police forces, NHS trusts and other public sector bodies.

The service, which will be available under the deal until July 2021, includes access to a TEM online portal, contact services, a personal cost management service, support in tactical billing and ordering, historical billing audits, physical audits and one-off ‘snapshot’ audit of billing data.

CCS said the Calero Veropath solution helps organisations save money by examining the entire lifecycle of their telecom estate to identify where savings can be made. It is delivered through the Microsoft Azure Cloud environment.

Real savings

Gareth Rhys-Williams, the Government’s chief commercial officer, said: “Technology expense management represents exactly the sort of initiative we are looking for to drive real savings for taxpayers. This technology is delivering savings and better control of telecoms in the private sector and now we are making it more easily available to the public sector.

“I look forward to seeing the TEM project develop and will be monitoring the benefits it delivers over the next three years with great interest.”

The contract was awarded last summer but the framework has become available in the past couple of weeks following the completion of security checks.

CCS said it supports the 2019 Spending Review “sleek state” vision as TEM helps to control spend and ensure better value for money.

Calero is a provider of communications and cloud lifecycle management (CLM) solutions that harness an intuitive user interface and visually comprehensive analytics.

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