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Met Office considers IT procurement framework

22/07/20

Mark Say Managing Editor

The Met Office is looking at the possibility of setting up a procurement framework for IT services, to cover delivery partnerships on tactical and strategic developments.

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It has published an early engagement notice, saying the framework would support a new strategy requiring a “step change” in its technology systems and ways of working, and have a value of up to £30 million.

While it refers to it as a potential step rather than a firm plan, the notice identifies priorities as the delivery of a common Met Office data platform, a common approach to customer data services and exploiting the use of data science.

The framework would help to build the capability of existing teams and bring in new skills and knowledge.

“The amount of change ahead is large and many of these changes are interrelated and complex, and the Met Office cannot make these changes alone,” the notice says. “By extending our capacity and capability, we can move faster and focus on the areas we add real value by leveraging the expertise of partners.”

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