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Digital and technology services (DATS) framework

Published: 13 May 2015

Guidance for public sector organisations on how to access and use framework agreement.

Published:
13 May 2015
Digital and technology services (DATS) framework
Who can access: all public sector
Contract status: live
Dates of contract: 13 May 2015 to 12 May 2019
Category: ICT services and software - national

Overview

The digital and technology services (DATS) framework commenced on 13 May 2015 for an initial two year period with options to extend for a further two periods of one year and is available to all Scottish public bodies.

The framework is a multi-supplier agreement. Organisations can use the framework to run mini competitions or a direct award option for contracts awarded via the framework.

What is in scope

The services that can be provided under the framework agreement will be extensive and wide-ranging and no two projects are likely to be the same.  Projects may range from the delivery of service desks, transformational digital/ICT projects, service/system integration, product support and network support.

Other services may include ICT project and programme management, cyber security, digital services, service integration and management (SIAM), IT consultancy (advice and strategy) and system integration.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but at a high level illustrates the range of potential services which may be requested.

Suppliers on the framework are able to deliver ICT projects or services using various traditional methodologies. In addition to this, and to primarily support more digitally focussed projects, the suppliers can also deliver using agile delivery methodology (see our guide on procuring for agile projects).

What is out of scope

It is not intended that the DATS framework agreement be used for a fully managed technical partnering service – we would recommend that this is procured directly.

In addition it is not envisaged that such services as general business process outsourcing services (for example, a complete HR function) and other non-IT outsourced services be procured via this framework.

Also there are other ICT frameworks that are more suitable for ICT Products (ICT Products - national) and ICT Networks (ICT Networks - national) and we would encourage that these be considered as they may be more appropriate to your requirement. See Scottish Government frameworks and contracts for more information.

If you have any doubts of the correct framework to utilise please contact a member of the ICT Services and Software team. Details are below.

Who can use this

This framework can be used by:

  • central government
  • health
  • local authorities
  • universities and colleges
  • third sector (voluntary organisations and charities registered in Scotland)
  • other public bodies

Note: It is the responsibility of any buying organisation wishing to use the framework agreement to satisfy itself that it is eligible to do so.

Entitlement can be established from the terms of the OJEU advert and guidance on this can be found in annex A of our guidance on framework agreements.

Benefits

Benefits of this framework include:

  • savings achieved through collaborative use
  • excellent range of suppliers from small and medium enterprises (SME) to large global players
  • flexible scope covering both traditional IT services and digital provision
  • easy route to market
  • some consideration of employment practices, workforce matters and a wide range of community benefits
  • suppliers on the framework are able to deliver ICT projects or services using various traditional methodologies.  In addition to this, and to primarily support more digitally focussed projects, the suppliers can also deliver using agile delivery methodology

Suppliers

Further information

See the attached buyer's guide for more information.

Information about pricing and terms and conditions for frameworks and contracts can be found on the Knowledge Hub.

If you are not registered to access this and are eligible to use the framework please complete the registration form and send it to one of the Scottish Procurement contacts listed below.

Contact

Margaret Anne McKeown
Senior portfolio specialist, ICT services and software
Email: Margaretann.mckeown@gov.scot
Tel: 0141 242 0111

Andy Scott
Porfolio manager, ICT services and software
Email: andrew.scott@gov.scot
Tel: 0141 242 5920