back to article UK government rings £1.5bn dinner bell for software design and implementation, 54 vendors come running

The UK government has awarded 25 suppliers places on a framework deal for software design and implementation which could be worth up to £1.5bn. Big names like Deloitte, Accenture, and Fujitsu join the list of tender winners who will be expected to provide the services "required when deploying a new cloud-based ERP system or …

  1. IGotOut Silver badge

    Did they get go "i"...

    And go, yeah, that's enough.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So the UK government awarded contracts to the best 25 vendors based on their rankings in an alphabetic list, or were there no contenders beyond H?

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      It doesn't really matter, it's going to be a vast waste of money anyway.

    2. Fuzz

      I also counted 26 winning bidders on the list. Might just be my counting.

    3. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Looking forward to the announcement where they say it's gone to Serco.

    4. hoola Silver badge

      No the alphabet stops at H, or

      Hh Hhe ahhhabeh hhhhh ah H!

  3. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    The government were asked to arrange a shortlist for software design and implementation

    They reported back that they had sorted it.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Huh........more "agile", more "devops", more "cloud".....................

    .....more "scrum", thousands of "product owners"....................


    Lots of money for the consultants.......................................


    ..................and pretty poor service provision for tax payers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    By the way, when was the last time a "product owner" talked to one of the tax payers footing the bill....and getting lousy service in return?

  5. hoola Silver badge

    The Trough of IT Spending

    The public sector is fraught with these wretched frameworks that are supposed to make procurement easier and cheaper, The reality is usually completely different where you end up forced into buy something that is a compromise because there is no reseller on the framework that has what you need.

    Then you have mediocre companies charging higher prices that has somehow got into these things in the first place by responding with a load of fiction to the tender.

    The fact that they have been responding to a tender that has no real value, only some arbitrary ££££ figure of what might be spent makes it completely safe.

    Procurement teams love them because it then means they don't have to do any work.

    Suppliers on the frameworks love then because they can supply poor service at above market rate.

    The fact that what actually gets delivered is often over priced and riddled with holes is quietly ignored as it is just considered to be techies talking bollocks because their favourite reseller has been overlooked.

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