Crown Commercial Service launches Big Data and Analytics framework

The UK Crown Commercial Service governmental department has today launched a framework to help the public sector improve data use and services

The first CCS agreement to be solely dedicated to analytics service and software procurement, the Big Data and Analytics [RM6195] framework is planned for a two-year tenure, and looks to provide a central route to market for public sector customers.

Developed in accordance with the National Data Strategy, the scheme aims to support needs ranging from reporting and analytics projects to complete data service transformations, while helping to overcome complexities surrounding technologies such as cloud and AI.

Upon evaluation checking for customers being allowed to balance with reduced costs and innovation, 50 suppliers have been given membership for the scheme so far — 46 per cent of which are small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

Framework innovations

Split into two areas — ‘Design, build and run’ services; and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software — the framework looks to encompass the array of data and analytics capabilities available to pubic sector organisations.

By allowing tier 1 contractors to sub-contract, thereby including SMEs in their supply chain, the agreement makes the process towards becoming suppliers themselves easier for sub-enterprise companies.

Additionally, public sector contract terms and conditions will be in place to help increase flexibility of routes to market, in line with specific and everchanging customer needs.

“Data has the potential to transform our public services through enhanced productivity, helping to grow the economy,” said Philip Orumwense CBE, commercial director and chief technology procurement officer at the Crown Commercial Service.

“This new framework will support the requirements of the government and the wider public sector as they continue to use data to innovate. It is yet another example of how CCS is helping the public sector to continue on its digital transformation journey.”

More information on the new Big Data and Analytics framework announced today by the Crown Commercial Service can be found here.


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