New ICT Services Framework
I am engaged in a number of conversations about the renewal of the old Becta ICT Services Framework, regarding which the DfE and the Government Procurement Service are currently consulting with industry.
I would be very interested in any feedback from Edugeek members about your experience or perception of major infrastructure procurement in schools and colleges. Relevant questions that occur to me are:
* How easy is it to procure significant ICT infrastructure for your school/college?
* How useful was the old ICT Services Framework (or indeed frameworks in general)?
* How easy is it to get reliable advice about (a) what to buy, and (b) how to buy it?
* To what extent do you think your local requirements could be standardised (assuming that was a participative process) and to what extent do you feel that your local requirements are unique?
* What are the main pitfalls that you need to guard against when procuring significant infrastructure (e.g. companies that go bust, proprietary lock-in, lack of pricing transparency, poor requirements analysis...)
* What is your perception of the benefits of aggregated procurement as a way of saving money?
* How important are OJEU (EU) procurement rules, which kick-in for public procurements valued at more than £150K?
* How easy is it to get information comparing the performance and value of competing products?
* How valuable would it be to have a "G-Cloud for Education" - i.e. an online catalogue of IT products for education, with transparent pricing, certifications and star-ratings?
...and any other questions that occur to you.
This is not a scientific survey, of course, but if people are prepared to post their thoughts and experiences in reasonable numbers, I would be happy to do some legwork collating them, so that they can be shared with the DfE, the Governmnt Procurement Service, and other interested parties.
While the current consultation is about the ICT Services Framework, the Information Management and Learning Services Framework will also come round for renewal in a couple of years and some of the same questions might apply again.
Thanks for any feedback you can give,