As part of the Government’s Coordinated Procurement Contracting programme, Trevor Smallwood, AGIMO’s Branch Manager – Capability Building Projects, briefed industry on the proposed Desktop Scoping Study in Canberra last Wednesday.
Smallwood explained the purpose of the Scoping Study is two answer two key questions: would it be beneficial for the Government to initiate a Coordinated Procurement Contract for desktops; and, if so, what might be the best approach?
The Scoping Study is to be completed by December and, as part of the process, AGIMO is consulting widely with industry, agencies, users and analysts. As part of the process, the Scoping Study report will be subject to a third party review prior to any decisions being made.
He noted research that indicated many different models of desktop usage and ownership among Federal agencies and the Scoping Study was seeking input in relation to these different approaches.
Submissions may be made to AGIMO as part of the Scoping Study to “influence our thinking”. The process is not a formal RFI. Views are sought on value/benefits metrics, lessons learnt in desktop supply and deployment as well as thoughts regarding the “desktop of the future”. These should be short, and submitted by mid-November at the latest. The address for submissions is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smallwood also provided attendees with further background on the Coordinated Procurement Contracting programme, explaining that the Microsoft Volume Supply Agreement (VSA) was about agreement of common terms and conditions of contract for the supply of Microsoft products to agencies. Once agreed, use of these terms and conditions would be mandatory, but this did not mean Microsoft product usage was being mandated.
He said other VSA’s would follow, for similar products widely used across government, but again stressed the VSA was mandatory in respect of the terms and conditions where those products were selected for use, but not in relation to their use by agencies.