What are the benefits of the new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework for the MOD?


The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) plays a pivotal role in the UK’s procurement landscape, ensuring that public sector organisations have access to goods and services that provide value for money and efficiency. As part of the continuous improvement and evolution of procurement practices, CCS frameworks are regularly reviewed, updated and sometimes replaced to better cater to the changing needs of the public sector. Such is the case with the transition from RM6147 to RM6098.

The previous framework, RM6147, served the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and other public sector organisations well, providing a range of products and services. However, as we approach May 2024, the MOD is looking ahead to the introduction and mandatory adoption of the new framework, RM6098. This new framework promises to bring a host of benefits, streamlining the procurement process and ensuring that the MOD can access the latest technological solutions and services.

Improving MOD procurement with RM6098

The mandatory adoption of RM6098 by the MOD signifies a strategic move towards improved efficiency, cost-effectiveness and innovation. RM6098 has been designed to be more comprehensive, offering a broader range of products and services that are in line with the latest technological advancements and the evolving needs of the defence sector. This ensures that the MOD can stay at the forefront of technological innovation, which is crucial for maintaining national security and operational readiness.

One of the most significant benefits of RM6098 is its emphasis on flexibility and scalability. The framework is structured to accommodate the dynamic nature of the MOD’s requirements, allowing for quick and efficient procurement of essential goods and services. This means that the MOD can respond more effectively to changing operational demands, whether that involves scaling up capabilities for a large-scale deployment or scaling down during periods of reduced activity.

Another advantage of the new framework is the competitive pricing it offers. By consolidating the purchasing power of the entire public sector, CCS can negotiate better deals with suppliers, resulting in significant cost savings for the MOD. Moreover, RM6098 includes stringent performance metrics and service level agreements, which ensure that suppliers are accountable for the quality and reliability of their products and services.

Furthermore, RM6098 places a strong emphasis on sustainability and social value. Suppliers on the framework are required to demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability and ethical practices, aligning with the government’s broader goals of achieving net-zero emissions and promoting social value through its procurement activities.

Supplying approved IT solutions to the MOD

In this evolving procurement landscape, Excotek’s presence as an approved CCS supplier on RM6098 offers specific advantages to the MOD. Excotek, being a specialised IT solutions and IT managed services provider, has a track record of delivering cutting-edge technology and high-quality services to government and defence organisations. Excotek’s inclusion in RM6098 means that the MOD has direct access to a supplier that understands the unique challenges and requirements of the defence sector.

Excotek’s expertise in agile and secure IT solutions is particularly relevant for the MOD, which operates in a highly sensitive and security-conscious environment. With cyber threats becoming increasingly sophisticated, Excotek can provide the MOD with resilient and secure IT infrastructure, ensuring that sensitive data is protected and that operations remain uninterrupted.

Moreover, Excotek’s commitment to innovation means that the MOD can benefit from the latest technological advancements. This includes access to state-of-the-art hardware, software, and support services that can enhance operational capabilities, improve efficiency and reduce costs. Excotek’s presence on RM6098 also ensures that the MOD can leverage tailored solutions designed to meet the exacting standards and specific needs of military operations.

In addition to technological prowess, Excotek’s customer-focused approach ensures a collaborative partnership with the MOD. By working closely with MOD procurement teams, Excotek can provide bespoke solutions that are not only cost-effective but also aligned with the strategic objectives of the defence sector. This collaborative approach is vital for maintaining a robust defence posture in an ever-changing global landscape.

In conclusion, the transition from RM6147 to RM6098 represents a significant development in the UK’s defence procurement strategy. The new framework offers improved flexibility, cost savings and access to innovative solutions, all of which are essential for the MOD to maintain its operational effectiveness. Excotek’s presence on RM6098 positions the company as a key partner for the MOD, capable of delivering the IT and technological solutions and expertise required to support the UK’s defence objectives. The mandatory adoption of RM6098 by the MOD in May 2024 will mark the beginning of a new era in the UK’s MOD IT procurement, one that promises to deliver enhanced value, efficiency, and security for the UK’s military operations.

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Neil Kerry
Head of Public Sector
Crown Commercial Service (CCS)
Apr 15, 2024
5 min read
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