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The agreement is worth an estimated £4-6 billion, and Softcat anticipates a significant amount of interest from public sector customers.
Softcat is currently active on 20 public sector agreements, placing it in prime position for aiding government departments with their IT requirements.
"The Technology Products agreement is by far the biggest UK public sector technology framework agreement and Softcat is delighted to have been awarded supplier spots on the three lots it was eligible for – Technology Hardware, Packaged Software and Secure Technology Products,” said Andy Bruen, Softcat’s frameworks manager. “This vastly improves our position from the out-going CITHS framework and makes us an ideal one-stop-shop for the commoditised technology needs of the UK’s public sector. We’re particularly pleased at beating stiff competition to gain a place on the Secure Technology Products lot. This gives us an opportunity to provide products and services to a new and exciting market”.
Jamie Burke, Sales Director at Softcat, said: “Given the previous success of the GCat, Catalist and CITHS frameworks as the public sectors’ primary procurement vehicles for ICT, it was absolutely essential for Softcat’s continued growth that we were represented on the Cabinet Office’s latest iteration – Technology Products. Based upon our results I’m extremely proud of the Softcat team, as I witnessed first-hand the months of hard work that went in to the bid process. I’m genuinely excited that Softcat have the opportunity to continue strengthening our capabilities in this sector and building stronger, deeper relationships with our clients.”
Softcat will provide technology and related services across the following three lots, competing against 25 other unique suppliers across all three.
Lot 1 – Technology Hardware
Provision of a wide range of vendor-neutral end user devices, other hardware such as audio-visual, network infrastructure equipment and peripherals and close-to-the-box solutions.
Lot 2 – Packaged Software
Provision of a wide range of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and related services, utilising its access to any discounts and rebates from its partner vendors to provide customers with competitive offers.
Lot 3 – Secure Technology Products and Disposals
Provision of a wide range of hardware and software commodity items and solutions, audio-visual solutions and secure destruction and disposal services. It will provide information assurance enforcing and/or relevant functionality.
This new agreement development is an indication that the government is electing to do things differently; the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is going to be the purchasing body for many central government departments.
Softcat has been awarded a place on the Secure Technology Products lot, putting it in prime position for providing customers – namely the MoD and other customers with strict security standards to uphold - with the best possible security solutions. Softcat also achieved supplier status on the Packaged Software and Technology Hardware Lots.
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