Guest blog - what's next for technology products?

After nearly two outstanding years in the market, Technology Products 2 is now undergoing a new phase of discovery.

Over the last few months Crown Commercial Service, in collaboration with partner organisations including TechUK, have undertaken several engagement workshops, in which over 100 suppliers and customer buying organisations participated.

The sole purpose of these events was to reflect upon the factors that make the current agreement so successful, to see where we could make improvements and develop innovative ideas for the next agreement.

The easier path would be to simply extend and fulfil the full 4 year term, however since listening to our market base it has become very clear that with a few small changes to the scope, structure, and buying process, Technology Products 3 could revolutionise commodity tech buying for the public sector.

The new Technology Products agreement needs to be easy to use and accessible for both buyers and potential suppliers.

One fundamental discovery output from the workshops is the desire for customers to buy commodity tech products and services as a solution via one procurement process, an aspect which we will take away and test in further work stream activities.

With that in mind the market base driven indicative timelines are as follows:

Key Program Milestones

Dates

Design complete

September 2018

OJEU publication

March 2019

ITT close

April 2019

Award

August 2019

Agreement live

September 2019


These are subject to change, so to keep up-to-date check out our dedicated TP3 pipeline page here.

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