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How the Government Plans to Implement its £2 billion Big Data Procurement Budget

Sun Sep 12 2021

Big data’s value is being recognised in the post-pandemic landscape: how does the government intend to use it?

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS), a government body responsible for the acquisition of goods and services, is planning a procurement framework for big data storage and analytics projects with a projected value of up to £2 billion over a four-year-period. It is in response to the UK’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The procurement framework will not be limited to central government as other public sector bodies will be allowed to use it, including local authorities, police, health, education, fire and rescue, and devolved administrations.

It will run from April 2022 to April 2026 with the £2 billion budget spread evenly over the four years.

There will be two lots: one for services and one for software.

Lot one entails ‘design, build and run’ professional big data and analytics services, and basically all the other parts of analytics and cognitive solutions.

Lot 2 will entail commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software for big data and analytics capabilities, cumulating in big data management, machine learning and AI, reporting and analytics.

Although an emerging capability, the public sector is realising the value of big data and analytics. It is being recognised as a key business function, and the value has been even more recognised in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This can be clearly observed with the fact that many government departments now employ chief data officers.

The government’s National Data Strategy (NDS) requires organisations to access and analyse government data more effectively to improve public services. It also outlines the government’s vision to unlock the power of data to create new jobs and boost innovation.

The CSS is expected to release a contract notice form enabling suppliers to bid for the work on 8th October 2021. The agency aims to award places on the framework in early 2022.

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