Software Acquisition Strategy

Programme overview

The Software Acquisition Strategy (SAS) Programme will transform the way government agencies buy and manage their software with global suppliers.

The programme is negotiating with global software providers on behalf of all of government. This phase of the programme follows on from the successful agreement with Microsoft in 2012.

SAS is delivered on behalf of the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) and directly contributes to the Government ICT Strategy.

What it will achieve

Graphic of the current state and future state

The programme Economic Value Chain Map explains in more detail how the outcomes will be achieved.


The government working as one customer with suppliers allows for economies of scale and innovation in service and delivery.

The cross-government agreements reduce the effort required by agencies to procure, negotiate and administrate contracts with suppliers.

The agreements also aim to:

  • reduce software and support costs
  • optimise expertise and capability
  • secure the ability to transfer licences between agencies
  • reduce complexity and compliance risks
  • enable a smooth transition from build and maintain to consume as a service models. 

The process

The first phase delivered the successful cross-government framework agreement with Microsoft in 2012. This was followed in 2015 by the renewed all-of-government Microsoft Licensing Agreement (G2012/G2015).

All agreements will be developed in association with government agencies. Client Advisory Groups (CAGS) for each supplier have been convened to discuss agencies’ needs and direct the focus of negotiations with suppliers.

For further information contact the Programme Manager

Related information

Software Acquisition Strategy service record

Microsoft Licensing Framework Agreement (G2012/2015)

Page last updated: 06/12/2016