Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has launched a new agreement for big data and analytics services and software, which aims to support the public sector to improve data use, drive efficiency and improve services.
Big data and data-driven capabilities, such as artificial intelligence, is an evolving field which has come into sharp focus across the public sector following the pandemic.
The new Big Data and Analytics agreement is the first CCS agreement to be solely dedicated to the procurement of data and analytics services and software. It will offer all public sector customers a central route to market, across a range of specialist suppliers. It has been developed in accordance with the National Data Strategy.
The framework’s scope will support a variety of customer needs – from niche reporting and analytics projects to complete data service transformations – to enable them to use data more efficiently. It’s just one of a number of agreements from CCS designed to help public sector customers tackle the issues and challenges involved in procuring technology solutions.
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Fifty suppliers have been awarded a place on the framework, 46 percent of which are SMEs. Big Data and Analytics will run for two years with the possibility of extending by a further two years. Call-off contract durations can be up to five years.
Philip Orumwense, commercial director and chief technology procurement officer, at CCS said: “Data has the potential to transform our public services through enhanced productivity, helping to grow the economy.
“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.”