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Off the shelf and on the money: tech buying frameworks
Over the last decade, civil service digital and commercial leaders have begun introducing technology buying frameworks – curating lists of pre-approved tech suppliers, products and services to aid purchasing across government. As countries shift towards platform services and SME procurement, such frameworks are becoming more common and better used: spending through the UK’s digital frameworks, for example, rose by a record £800m (US$1.1bn) to £3.2bn (US$4.4bn) in 2020-21.

For both suppliers and procurement officers, tech buying frameworks cut the cost of administration – guaranteeing suppliers’ compliance with due diligence and pre-approval requirements, and do not need checking for each tender response. They can also enable buyers to combine requirements, realising economies of scale, and help smaller civil service bodies whose digital teams lack capacity or expertise to buy advanced technologies.

As governments move towards ‘platform services’ and Cloud computing, civil servants are finding new reasons to use buying frameworks. As central digital leaders set out government-wide standards, governing tech such as APIs and data formats can be integrated into buying frameworks – ensuring that purchases will connect with systems across the civil service. Cloud, a highly scalable product subject to tight quality standards is perfectly suited to framework procurement.

At this GGF webinar, experts from public and private sectors will explain what they’ve learned about how best to introduce, operate and develop these digital marketplaces.

• Webinar chair: Siobhan Benita, former UK senior civil servant
• Rotem Einav, Digital Israel National Bureau
• Elodie Bouneau, Executive Director of Platform Products (Director General), Canadian Digital Service
• Sal Uddin, Commercial Director, Technology Solutions & Outcomes, Crown Commercial Service, United Kingdom
• Cristina Caballé, Executive Director, IBM Global Public Sector, Business Development

Dec 7, 2021 02:30 PM in London

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