Key Findings from our VAS webinar
Our Vertical Application Solutions webinar earlier in June helped suppliers understand this new framework and how to use it. Here are the key points!
We held a webinar earlier this month for the upcoming Vertical Application Solutions framework. Our strategic advisor and former Local Gov CIO, Jos Creese, joined our Managing Director Ella Grant to dive into the ins and outs of the framework. They also opened up a discussion on how suppliers can best utilise it. Here’s a summary of the key points, as well as a detailed write-up from Jos which includes an analysis of external impacts on public sector procurement!
VAS is different to any other framework
Data and Application Solutions faced difficulties surrounding its aim to be more buyer-friendly. CCS have made the decision to change things up following feedback from supplier engagement sessions and those who used DAS. The new framework here to do this better is Vertical Application Solutions!
This means suppliers on VAS will have to work harder to win business. It does not necessarily mean more time, risk, or cost, but it is likely to require a tighter focus on positioning proposed solutions.
The VAS Lot Structure
With the Lot structure comprised of industries within the public sector, rather than technical scope, there’s a lot more potential for the procurement process. However, the overall framework is for all aspects of software solutions, including licenses, support, related hardware etc.
The proposed Lot structure is:
- Business Applications
- Education, Community Health and Social Care Solutions
- Housing, Environmental and Planning Solutions
- Citizen Services
- Blue Light Solutions
The VAS Timeline
CCS are now planning for the tender documents to be released in August 2022. This means that it should open up for applications then, with a plan to go Live in February 2023.
Want a more detailed dive into Vertical Application Solutions and how it will fit in next to other public sector procurement frameworks? Take a read of our webinar write-up from our strategic advisor Jos Creese here.