DTA hunting for COTS software suppliers

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 23 August, 2018

DTA hunting for COTS software suppliers

The Digital Transformation Agency is on the hunt for new suppliers of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and services seeking to join its Software Licensing and Services Panel.

The agency has released a request for tender and is hoping to appoint multiple sellers to the new COTS category on the panel.

The Software Licensing and Services Panel commenced with a single category — whole-of-government Microsoft Licensing Solutions Provider, in a contract that went to Data#3 in a deal worth $70 million in the first year alone.

The DTA consulted on adding a COTS software category in June, and is now giving potential suppliers until 2 pm on 20 September to lodge their tenders on the AusTender portal.

According to the request for tender, the COTS category is “anticipated to cater for a broad range of COTS software and related services for Commonwealth agencies”.

It is expected to replace the Department of Finance’s ICT Services, Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) Software and Hardware Panel, which will expire at the end of the month.

Software classes will cover categories including development tools, financial and accounting, analytics, field operations and service management, database management, project management, communications, asset management, network management, product design and e-commerce.

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