Software Acquisition Strategy
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.
What it will achieve
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 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.