Crown Commercial Service’s Data and Application Solutions (DAS) framework has opened for business – offering public sector organisations the ability to buy cloud and on-premise software or a combination of both under one agreement – a first for a CCS framework.
A total of 81 suppliers have been awarded a place, 46% of which are small or medium size enterprises.
DAS is split into five groups to make it easier to search, with 14 lots covering the following areas:
- Enterprise applications
- Local government
- Health and social care
- Police and emergency services
As well as offering cloud and on-premise software or a combination of both, DAS also allows customers the choice of further competition or direct award depending on the nature of the requirement.
For example, a customer could run a further competition for HR and Finance modules as well as a compatible ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) application. In addition to software licenses, the customer can also include the installation and implementation to integrate into their environment as well as ongoing support and maintenance of the software.
Or, using direct award the customer could buy a support renewal for a software product that can only be placed directly with the publisher (i.e. where no alternative support routes exist or are commercially viable). This can be accessed through the catalogue hosted on our Government eMarketplace platform.
Ben Paynter, Category Director 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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