Published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), the contract notice reveals that GPS, along with Pro 5, the London ICT Programme and the Local Government Association, is seeking to establish a network for line of business applications with local authorities.
Although the new service will be aimed at local governments, the organisations involved claim that it will be open to virtually all public sector bodies.
It is hoped that the development of open systems, data sharing and interoperability of IT systems will be accelerated by this new framework, therefore allowing services to be efficient and flexible, effectively meeting the needs of citizens and businesses.
The tender notes that GPS aims to create a single, consolidated procurement channel, while enabling catalogue pricing at system level, improving competition so authorities can specify requirements and improving the relationship with suppliers to reduce the high variation in prices.
There are 11 individual lots prospective providers can bid on, stated in the tender:
According to the contract notice, the new system will replace the old Local Government Software Application Solutions (LGSAS) agreement when it expires in July.