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GOVERNMENT WELCOMES NEW SUPPLIERS TO ICT CONSULTANCY SERVICES DEAL

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OGCbuying.solutions has announced that it has awarded new agreements for the provision of ICT Consultancy services ...
OGCbuying.solutions has announced that it has awarded new agreements for the provision of ICT Consultancy services to government.

The new agreement, known as the ICT Consultancy Framework Agreement, is to be managed by OGCbuying.solutions (OGCbs), the commercial trading arm of the Office of Government Commerce.

OGCbs chief executive Hugh Barrett said:

'This new agreement is aimed specifically at reducing the cost of ICT Consultancy services purchased by the public sector. We already have a long track record of success in this area and this new framework will deliver even greater savings than before.'

Competition for a place on the framework was fierce and service providers had to demonstrate exceptional value and capability to secure a place. The entire procurement process was carried out in accordance with EU procurement rules.

The framework has a number of innovative changes designed to make purchasing of ICT Consultancy simple by focusing on the most appropriate service categories and tailoring these to public sector needs. Public sector customers will also be offered best value for money from the 'best of breed' suppliers accredited under the agreement.

It replaces a number of the highly successful OGCbs 'S-Cat' framework agreements, as well as introducing two new specialist consultancy

services:

* Emerging Technology Consultancy

* Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Consultancy

The framework was designed and evaluated with expert help and assistance from OGCbuying.solutions' customers, drawn from central and civil government and local authorities.

The new agreement is split into 8 separate categories, or 'Lots'

covering distinct consultancy services (as attached)

Notes

OGCbuying.solutions is the trading arm of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), which is itself an office of HM Treasury. OGC was launched on 1 April 2000 as a result of a review of civil procurement in central government. Its aim is to achieve substantial value for money improvements in the government's procurement budget and to oversee and implement the government's wider Efficiency Review across the entire public sector.

OGCbuying.solutions, launched in April 2001, provides public sector procurement professionals with a route to the products and services they need to maximise procurement efficiency and value for money. Its contracts and framework agreements offer substantial savings through significant buying power, economies of scale and strategic partnerships. Once again, these savings are counted towards the Efficiency Review target. Rigorous tendering and evaluation processes ensure that products and services are checked for quality, price competitiveness, fitness for purpose and compliance with statutory requirements. These products and services are available through OGCbuying.solutions Catalist framework agreements and Managed Services.

The Catalist brand is designed to unify the framework agreements under one identifiable and recognisable brand name. Catalist incorporates a series of framework agreements which have been developed to offer our customers a broad range of goods and services aligned to their particular needs.

Managed Services are predominantly more sophisticated, requiring expertise and additional support from OGCbuying.solutions.

For press enquires contact:

Holly Riggs at OGCbuying.solutions on

Tel: 01603 404742 or 07776 353025

Email: holly.riggs@ogcbs.gsi.gov.uk

ICT Consultancy Categories and Service Providers

Category 1 - IS Strategy Consultancy and Development Actica Consulting Limited Carl Bro Group Ltd Evolve Business Consultancy Limited Hedra plc IPL Information Processing Ltd Methods Consulting Ltd Microgen Solutions plc Mott MacDonald Limited Mouchel Parkman Services Ltd Netstore plc Real Time Engineering Ltd SciSys Ltd VEGA Group Plc Xansa UK Ltd

Category 2 - IT Architecture and Design, including Networking and Communications Actica Consulting Limited Advantage Business Group Ltd CACI Limited LogicaCMG UK Ltd Methods Consulting Ltd Microgen Solutions plc Mott MacDonald Limited Mouchel Parkman Services Ltd Real Time Engineering Ltd SciSys Ltd VEGA Group Plc

Category 3 - E-business Consultancy

Actica Consulting Limited

Detica Limited

IPL Information Processing Ltd

LogicaCMG UK Ltd

Methods Consulting Ltd

Microgen Solutions plc

Mouchel Parkman Services Ltd

Oxford Computer Consultants Ltd

Siemens Plc

SciSys Ltd

Steria

Unisys Limited

VEGA Group Plc

Xansa UK Ltd

Category 4 - IT Security Consultancy

Actica Consulting Limited

Activity Information Management Ltd

Evolve Business Consultancy Limited

Fujitsu Services Limited

LogicaCMG UK Ltd

Methods Consulting Ltd

Netstore plc

Selex Communications Ltd

Siemens Plc

Steria

Unisys Limited

VEGA Group Plc

Xansa UK Ltd

Category 5 - Telecommunications Consultancy Actica Consulting Limited IPL Information Processing Ltd Mott MacDonald Limited Steria Unisys Limited VEGA Group Plc

Category 6 - Application Design Consultancy AMTEC Consulting plc Carl Bro Group Ltd Fujitsu Services Limited IPL Information Processing Ltd Methods Consulting Ltd Microgen Solutions plc Mott MacDonald Limited Oxford Computer Consultants Ltd Tessella Support Services plc VEGA Group Plc

Category 7 - Emerging Technology Consultancy AMTEC Consulting plc Carl Bro Group Ltd IPL Information Processing Ltd Methods Consulting Ltd Mott MacDonald Limited SciSys Ltd Siemens Plc

Smart421 Limited

TRL Ltd

Unisys Limited

VEGA Group Plc

Category 8 - Enterprise resource Planning (ERP) Consultancy Fujitsu Services Limited Hedra plc Insight Management & Systems Consultants Leadent Limited The HELM Corporation Unisys Limited

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