Welsh Government details national digital services framework aims
Agreement, which carries a value of up to £180m, to be made available for all public sector bodies in Wales to provide functions such as web development and cloud migration
The Welsh Government has outlined aims for an All-Wales Digital Services Framework to cover a broad range of ICT requirements across the wider public sector in the country.
In a notice issued by the National Procurement Service for Wales, suppliers are being sought to express interest in the framework ahead of a pre-tender market engagement process that will further outlines key terms of the agreement, which has an estimated value of £180m.
At present a number of different functions are expected to be provided through the framework including digital transformation and web development services, agile working, cloud migration and related support. Application development, systems integration and architecture services will also be provided, although there will be some restrictions on functions offered.
“IT consultancy, web hosting and data centre hosting will be out of scope of the agreement,” said the notice.
With scoping for the agreement still underway, services obtained via the framework are intended to be delivered on a per project basis, where the role of suppliers will range from discrete, specialised providers to overseeing large complex projects.
A contract notice for the framework is expected to be published later in October.
The notice comes as authorities in Cardiff Bay - the seat of the Welsh parliament - say they are committed to publishing an updated digital action strategy in the second quarter of 2017.
The strategy is expected to set out aims for tackling challenges around interoperable services and defining key digital function needs, pending approval from the devolved government.
Other key considerations include setting out a clear policy for exploiting data that can be used to improve efficiency, while maintaining confidentiality and citizen trust in the process.
It will also be expected to tackle broad concerns in ensuring Welsh citizens and workforces have sufficient digital skills and access to broadband, notably in rural areas.