It pays to start early if you're tracking Federal agency ICT procurement plans. Intermedium's analysis of procurement plans shows that a high proportion of ICT opportunities are intended for the first quarter of each financial year, indicating that vendors need to know what's in the current plans now!
More than 40% of ICT items listed in the 2008-09 procurement plans are expected to go to market in Q1. This is down slightly on recent years when over 50% were slated to go to market by 30 September. This suggests that as a result of market uncertainty arising from issues such as the Gershon Review, some agencies may have delayed their procurement activities slightly.
While there may be some slippage in procurement timings, it appears that the number of ICT items for 2008-09 is on par with other years. Intermedium has identified 372 ICT items within the procurement plans, but expects as many as 500 to be listed during the course of the financial year. Attorney General’s (26) and Bureau of Meteorology (25) listed the most ICT procurement plan items.
One week after the 1 July deadline for agencies to post forward procurement plans for the 2008-09 financial year, 106 agencies had published procurement plans on AusTender. 68 of these agencies (64%) included at least one ICT item in their procurement plans.