Digital and Technology Services Framework (DATS)
The DATS framework commenced on 13 May 2015 for an initial two year period with options to extend for a further two periods of one year and is available to all Scottish public bodies.
The framework is a multi-supplier agreement. Organisations can use the framework to run Mini-competitions or a Direct Award option for contracts awarded via the framework.
The services that can be provided under the Framework Agreement are extensive and wide ranging and no two projects are the same. Projects may range from the delivery of service desks, transformational digital/ICT projects, service/system integration, product support and network support.
Other services may include ICT Project and Programme Management, Cyber Security, Digital Services, Service Integration and Management (SIAM), IT Consultancy (Advice and Strategy) and System Integration.
This is not an exhaustive list but at a high level illustrates the range of potential services which may be requested.
- Savings achieved through collaborative use of the framework
- Excellent range of suppliers from small and medium enterpriseS (SME) to large global players
- Flexible scope covering both traditional IT services and digital provision
- Easy route to market
- Some consideration of employment practices, workforce matters and a wide range of community benefits.