The future of multi-sourcing in the public sector

Date: 12 May 2015
Time: 4.00pm - 6.30pm GMT    Venue: Bird & Bird, 15 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP

Bird & Bird is delighted to invite you to the first of our 2015 series of IT briefings titled 'The future of multi-sourcing in the public sector' on Tuesday 12 May 2015

The UK Government has signalled that a major shift is underway in its procurement of multi-sourced IT services. In the last few years most significant central Government IT infrastructure projects have been conducted on some form of multi-sourcing basis. Recent announcements from the Government Digital Service (GDS) have continued to recognise the potential of multi-sourcing to deliver significant cost savings and other improvements. However, they have also levelled criticism at the currently dominant "tower" model and clarified that model is not Government policy. The GDS has indicated that Government departments should take new approaches to multi-sourcing in the future.

At this critical juncture, we would like to invite you to an open discussion and networking session that will:

  • Discuss the implications of recent announcements by the GDS concerning the future of multi-sourcing and other emerging trends;
  • Consider lessons learned in addressing key commercial and legal challenges of multi-sourcing, including:
    • adapting Government framework agreements to support multi-sourcing;
    • governance and collaboration arrangements;
    • service boundaries;
    • liability issues;
    • multi-customer procurements in the public sector;
  • Enable customers and suppliers to meet to achieve a better understanding of the challenges each face;
  • Facilitate networking over drinks and canapés.

We are delighted that Matt James, Director of Commercial Advice, Crown Commercial Service will be able to join us. As a board member, Mr James helps set strategic direction for the Crown Commercial Service. He also works with departments to provide advice and support on commercial and procurement matters. His current priorities include developing the Crown Representative programme enabling Government to buy as a single customer, and helping suppliers provide an efficient and cost-effective service to Government.

Would you like to attend?

The programme

16:00 - 17:00
  • Multi-sourcing in the public sector: customer perspectives and recent developments
    Matt James, Director of Commercial Advice, Crown Commercial Service
  • Integration and liability issues: lessons learned
    Mark Leach
    , Partner, Bird & Bird

  • Multi-customer shared-services arrangements
    Roger Bickerstaff
    , Partner, Bird & Bird
17:00 - 17:40
Open discussion
17:40 - 18:30
Drinks and canapés

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