Big Data and Analytics framework FAQs
We're expecting to see the Big Data and Analytics framework arrive in the summer of 2021. Here's the scoop.
A new framework agreement is on the horizon for the public sector! Big Data and Analytics is a promising two-Lot route to market that we’re very excited about. Here’s what we know so far.
What is in scope for the Big Data and Analytics framework?
Firstly, Big Data and Analytics will contain two Lots (which are categories for solutions/services within the framework). These are:
- Lot 1: ‘Build and Run’ professional services.
- Lot 2: Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software.
Lot 1 focuses largely on the creation, deployment and support of various solutions for Big Data and Analytics. Over different solutions: data acquisition, reporting and dashboarding, analytics and cognitive solutions, data risking and search services.
Lot 2 on the other hand will be for more off-the-shelf solutions for software and software licenses. This will be to support the public sector with; big data management, data mining, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI), reporting and analytics, and security.
When does it Big Data and Analytics open for applications?
Crown Commercial Service plan to release the Contract Notice to Find a Tender in July or August 2021. This means that applications will open from this date and suppliers will be able to get their hands on the tender documents.
How does it work for suppliers?
Crown Commercial Service have stated that Lot 1 will be capped at 20 suppliers. So, there may be some competition to be awarded a spot here! It means suppliers will have to make sure their submission documents are in order. This includes having competitive pricing, good case studies and all accreditation ready.
Lot 2 isn’t capped however, as by CCS’ definition it is more ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions. This doesn’t mean it will be easy to apply though, there will be criteria to hit to make sure you adhere to the framework agreement.
So, suppliers should start getting prepped before it opens for applications to make sure they’re ready! We’ll update this page with any more info as we get it, or just get in touch if you’d like to know more.