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Yorkshire Water issues multi-million pound IT and software tender

Yorkshire Water are looking for IT goods and services providers to collaborate on IT Infrastructure, along with Software Asset Management (SAM). 

In respect of IT Infrastructure, YWS intends to implement a multi-vendor framework, worth in the region of £61-£67m. This framework is intended for three years, with the possibility of a three-year extension, followed by a two-year extension. 

YWS will also be tendering for a single partner to collaborate closely on Software Asset Management. This agreement is also valued in the region of £62m-£65m, and is intended for a three-year duration, with the possibility of a three-year extension, followed by a two-year extension.   

Bev Gordon, Procurement Lead at Yorkshire Water, said: “The aim of these agreements is to build long-term, value-added partnerships with IT specialists, to help YWS innovate through technology and deliver the IT foundations which underpin our customers’ needs”. 

YWS seek providers who will build a truly collaborative partnership, and can help change the shape of IT, advising on strategy and roadmaps, influencing people at all levels within the organisation, fostering innovation, and delivering value for money.  

YWS intend to appoint channel partners who can be responsible and accountable for delivering and managing contracted work, irrespective of whether solutions and services are sourced direct from OEMs, distributors or other channel partners.  

  • The Infrastructure framework will include enterprise compute, data and storage management, network and wireless, and commodity hardware. YWS are keen to reduce the operating cost of these technologies, whilst maintaining high availability and integrity. In parallel YWS are seeking to deliver more agile infrastructure and ways of working, to meet the needs of a digital organisation. 

  • Under the Software Asset Management agreement, YWS aim to reduce the cost of managing its license estate whilst improving agility in sourcing and managing entitlements. Compliance and avoidance of audits remains a key priority too. The SAM strategy needs to move with broader technology and business goals, including technologies ‘as a service’, increased automation, and increased use of cloud infrastructure.  

The deadline to express your interest is set for 2nd May 2019 and should be made to Bev Gordon ( 

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