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UK government scraps £37 million IT deal

March 24, 2015

ONSThe Office for National Statistics (ONS) is cancelling the contract, originally set up to replace its legacy contract with a tower-based model.

CRN reported that an initial document from the ONS said the Procurement of Replacement IT Service Environment (PRISE) would include in its range of technology software, telecoms, printing, repair and maintenance, security, networks and hardware. It was tendered in May 2014.

The contract was designed to run for initially for three years, with the possibility of a two year extension, and would over that period be worth between £13 million ($19 million/€17 million) and £37 million ($55 million/€50 million). Designers of the scheme hoped it would open up the ONS to a wider range of suppliers.

In a statement, the department said: “The ONS would like to inform the market of the cancellation of the PRISE Lots, 1, 2 and 3. The ONS is currently working with Government Digital Service, Crown Commercial Services and Cabinet Office to identify next steps.”

The initial tender said: “The contracting authority is intending to move from a single-supplier model to a tower-based model which allows for the provision of IT services from service towers being managed by the SIAM [Service Integration and Management] operating model.

“The contracting authority has undertaken a review of its existing supply chain and has chosen a target operating model and a strategic IT supply chain that adopts industry standards and good practice.”

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