Scotland gets ready to spend £60m on tablets

Scotland gets ready to spend £60m on tablets

Summary: The Scottish government has unveiled a framework deal that could see the country's public sector spend up to £60m on tablets and netbooks over three years.


The Scottish government has announced plans for a framework deal that could see the public sector spending tens of millions of pounds on tablets and other hardware.

The framework deal, announced this week, is worth up to £60m and exclusively covers tablets and netbooks. Under this kind of arrangement, the Scottish public sector essentially agrees to buy in bulk from a particular supplier or suppliers in return for government organisations being guaranteed a better price when they buy through the framework.

The deal is divided into two lots: one for a range of tablets and a single type of netbook, to be used in education; and one covering a range of tablets for corporate use. The second lot is open to buyers from central government, local authorities, emergency services, education, third sector and other public bodies.

Should the framework see its maximum projected take-up, over £60m could be spent on tablets and netbooks – potentially up to hundreds of thousands of devices.

"This is a contract for the whole of the public sector in Scotland – so for example, that includes our universities, colleges and schools," a spokeswoman for the Scottish government said. "A key part of this contract will be to allow professionals like teachers to access the latest IT technology to meet educational needs at the best possible value for taxpayers.

"The maximum estimated spend on this contract by a large range of organisations over a period of three years is £10m to £20m per annum, depending on the uptake among public sector bodies. Use of the framework will be for individual bodies to decide.

"Public bodies across Scotland will be able to access tablets under this contract, ensuring they get them at a better price"

"Rather than having to go out and buy individual tablets as an organisation, public bodies across Scotland will be able to access them under this contract, ensuring they get them at a better price."

Whether the deal will see anywhere near the maximum take-up remains to be seen, however – ZDNet recently discovered that 20 of the highest-profile central government organisations in the UK had collectively bought fewer than 400 tablets in the last two years.

Suppliers have until January 2013 to tender for the framework deal, which is expected to be awarded in February or March.

The framework should initially last until 27 May, 2014, when the Scottish government will have the option to extend it for two one-year periods.

Topics: Tablets, Government UK, Hardware, Mobility, EU, United Kingdom

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    Dont get iPads.. those are for consumption... get RT at least they will have Office to work.... :P
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      • LOLOLOL

        ok a few things....

        these tablets are for education... so why would they give a crap about installed base? or apps... They will have their own apps...

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    . . . have already gone the way of the Zune. Google?
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    Why a netbook? Why not USB folding keyboards for the tablets?
  • Wasting money while they can

    I'm guessing that the scots really believe they're going to win the Yes vote for independence, so they're going on a money wasting splurge before they have to start paying for things themselves.

    Can't wait to see the figures for devices broken or waiting for repairs that'll never happen.
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      Another right wing Tory Daily Mail reader I presume? Getting all the racist Scots digs in case they do vote Yes I assume? Don't believe everything you read in that paper and do try to be slightly educated and come up with your own thoughts once in a while.