Digital Workplace Solutions
Replacing Link: IT Solutions
Framework Agreement Description
The Digital Workplace Solutions Framework Agreement, which replaced the popular Link: IT Solutions Framework, provides a compliant route to market for the procurement of full end-to-end IT solutions, and individual elements of IT solutions. The digital framework can ensure delivery of effective consumer-oriented technologies that meet your requirements across a range of IT infrastructure areas. This includes: data centre infrastructure, servers and storage, networking and security products, end user computing hardware and software, bespoke software, professional services and training. The framework agreement complements the Digital Workplace: Hardware (Link 3) Framework, which focuses on end user client devices. The main objective of this digital workplace solutions framework, is to meet complex customer specific requirements through provision of a bundled solution of IT products and services, which may include elements from several of the different categories available.
The full breakdown of products and services available are including, but not limited to:servers, storage, data centre infrastructure, switches, back-up and recovery, client devices, virtualization platforms, VDI connection protocol, virtualization management, session broker, desktop operating systems, application virtualization, profile and data re-direction, client access licenses, environment specific application software, application validation, and software including complete off the shelf, third party, niche and bespoke, security products, professional services/consultancy/implementation services, networking, maintenance and management, training and all other associated services and peripherals.
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Framework Agreement Information
When does the framework start?
10 August 2020 - 09 August 2022 (with the option to extend to 2024)
What is the aim of the framework?
This is a new framework, which replaces the very successful Link: IT Solutions framework agreement. It provides a compliant route to source effective consumer-oriented technologies that meet your requirements across a range of IT infrastructure, hardware and software areas.
Who can take advantage of the framework?
All NHS and Public Sector Authorities
What are the benefits of using the framework?
• NHS AND WIDER PUBLIC SECTOR ACCESS
Removes the requirement for NHS and wider public sector organisations to run costly individual procurement exercises, saving time and resource.
• OJEU AVOIDANCE
A compliant procurement exercise has been undertaken to ensure that suppliers meet all key standards and requirements.
• IT & DIGITAL INNOVATION
The framework allows for new IT & Digital innovations to be added.
• CALL OFF OPTIONS
Approved Organisations can call off for up to 7 years under the framework agreement and can either Direct award or run a further mini-competition.
Suppliers meet all necessary standards including cyber essentials, ISO 27001, ISO 14001, ISO 9001 & ISO13485.
• STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The framework agreement was tendered under the standard NHS terms and conditions.
• VARIED SUPPLY BASE
A total of 28 suppliers have been awared to the framework varying from SME's to OEM's and well established re-sellers in the public sector market place.
Terms and conditions can be supplemented to account for local requirements. Pricing is negotiable in order to achieve value for money.
Which suppliers are on the digital workplace solutions framework?
What is within scope of the framework agreement?
Environment Specific Application Software
Storage including on premise and hybrid solutions
Maintenance, management and support services
Back-up and Recovery
Networking which includes Local Area Networks (LAN), Storage Area Networks (SAN) and Wider
Third Party Software including Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) software and Bespoke/Niche Software
CALS (Client Access Licenses)
Professional Services/Consultancy/Implementation Services
Profile & Data Re-direction
VDI Connection Protocol
Data Centre Infrastructure
Desktop Operating Systems
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