Only weeks after cancelling the EUD procurement the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is to go out to tender again but this time, however, the procurement will have a much stronger small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) involvement, the MoJ says.
The pre-tender just issued by the MoJ ICT Procurement team 'for the provision of various ICT devices and services including consulting, software development, internet, computing, application maintenance and support' says that suppliers should note that the MoJ is likely to run a number of different procurement exercises for the services, starting on different dates.
The pre-tender says, "MoJ is particularly interested in engaging with small/medium enterprises to help it understand how best to shape contract opportunities that are attractive to SMEs - either by means of a direct contract or as a sub-contractor to a "prime contractor". The MoJ will be hosting an SME-specific engagement event to consider how best to address the challenges faced by SMEs in bidding for MoJ's business."
It particular, it says the responsibility of the End User Computing (EUC) supplier will be the provision, management and support of EUC Services that achieve agreed service level targets, with the scope including client devices such as desktops, laptops and tablets; all software used in the delivery and support of EUC Services, such as operating system, open source, assistive technology consumed by end users, as well as presentation and provisioning, identity and access management, directory and information security management services. It is anticipated that many of these services will be provided by SMEs.
Last week it emerged that the MoJ expects to announce its chosen supplier to deliver Service Integration and Management (SIAM) this summer, having decided on a preferred supplier. Lockheed Martin and IBM are in the running for the contract. While the MOJ plans to announce the successful bidder in the summer industry rumours infer that Lockhead Martin have been successful on this one.
These developments go to show the strength of the Cabinet's Office commitment and resolve to shape up the Central Government market and divert a significant proportion of the government's annual IT budget towards supplier's other than the big IT System Integrators.