Cantium Business Solutions has been successfully appointed to all eight lots/sub-lots of Crown Commercial Service’s new framework, Technology Services 3 (RM6100). This appointment and our 100% quality score across all five lots reinforces Cantium’s position as a trusted supplier of IT services to the UK public sector.
The new framework will be available for four years from July 2021, with Technology Services 2 still open until September 2021. The new framework has eight lots/sub-lots, which are:
Lot 1 – Technology Strategy and Service Design
Lot 2 – Transition and Transformation
Lot 3a – End User Services
Lot 3b – Operational Management
Lot 3c – Technical Management
Lot 3d – Application and Data Management
Lot 4 – Major Service Transformation Programmes
Lot 5 – Service Integration and Management
These lots and sub-lots span the entire ICT lifecycle from strategy and design to operational deployment and now includes a new SIAM lot.
What’s new with Technology Services 3?
Based on buyer and supplier research, technology Services 3 has made some changes, including introducing a new lot for Service Integration and Management (SIAM). This lot will support public sector organisations in procuring a SIAM layer of management and suppliers, or just suppliers with in-house management. In addition, lots 3 and 4 have been reorganised to ensure transparency and broaden the scope of requirements.
Philip Orumwense, Commercial Director and Chief Technology Procurement Officer, Crown Commercial Service, says:
“Technology Services 3 has been designed and developed using an extensive discovery and consultative process with many of our customers, suppliers, and partners. This framework truly reflects and represents their expectations and provides the platform for the country to build back better with the right mix of quality and innovative suppliers, including SME providers.
“This is another example of how CCS is putting customers at the heart of everything we do to help support the public sector to continue on its digital transformation journey.”
When should I use Technical Services 3 to procure services?
TS3 is fundamentally about procuring high-level services rather than looking for the ‘cheapest offer’. The quality score threshold for suppliers has been raised from 55% to 75%, so you can rest assured that the suppliers on the framework can meet your requirements. Cantium has scored 100% on quality score across all five lots, demonstrating our depth of knowledge and experience in this space.
You can direct award using the framework on all lots apart from lot 4. However, it would be best if you only looked to Direct Award a contract when the terms and details on the framework agreements are detailed enough to identify the best supplier. This can reduce your procurement timescales, enhance value for money and reduce your administrative costs, all while remaining OJEU compliant.