Scotland selects CGI for IT procurement framework

03 August 2015

CGI has been awarded a procurement framework contract with the Scottish Government to provide IT support to services and civil society. The deal involves two agreements, one to provide broad spectrum IT support, from service/system integration to Cyber Security, while the other involves cloud based solutions. The deals combined are potentially worth £105 million over four years.

The Scottish Government’s procurement frameworks provide a mechanism by which preferred partners are awarded a framework agreement for services related to voluntary organisations, charities, local authorities, universities and colleges, health services. These agreements provide the contracting authorities the possibility of making individual purchases without repeating many of the stages of a full competitive tendering processes required by Scottish Government regulations.  If a framework has been set up, there is no need to formulate terms and conditions for procurement contracts because they have already been agreed upon.

Under such a framework agreement, CGI has been selected to provide comprehensive support to Scotland’s public sector and its civil society as part of a contract entered into with the Scottish Government. The consulting firm has been awarded two procurement frameworks, which include providing IT services to voluntary organisations, charities, local authorities, universities and colleges, health services. In line with the framework requirements, CGI’s solution will provide users with “best of breed IT services and solutions, whilst taking advantage of excellent value for money.”

Scotland selects CGI for IT procurement framework

Frameworks procured
The first agreement – titled the ‘Scottish Digital and Technology Services (DATS) framework’ – will involve CGI providing a range of core IT services. This will include: transformational ICT/digital projects & service/system integration, Cyber Security, IT Consultancy and ICT Project and Programme Management to organisations throughout Scotland. The firm will also deliver an SME Accelerator programme as part of the wider framework. The second framework agreement is called the ‘Hosting services framework’ and is set to provide both private and public cloud based services for a period of two years.

The DATS deal is, according to Scottish government figures, worth between £30 and £75 million over the four year term of the framework, while the hosting deal is worth between £15 and £30 million over the same period. The initial contract length is two years however, with an option to extend the deal length by 12 months available twice.

Commenting on the deal, Chris George, VP Public Sector Scotland at CGI, says: “CGI’s success in being selected for these frameworks is testament to our expertise and service offering and supports the commitment we have made to Scotland and to Scotland’s business communities. […] Both frameworks provide the opportunity for public and third sector organisations in Scotland to have access to the right mix of support and expertise, which is an opportunity CGI is very excited to be a part of.”