Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. On its website you will find articles, podcasts, opinion pieces, discussion trails and news stories. GovShop is its platform for finding and connecting suppliers with the public sector market.

Recent highlights include:

Evolving the network platform: why closure of CAS(T) matters

Des Ward, director at Innopsis, the trade association for suppliers of digital infrastructure and services to the UK public sector, discusses the recent announcement from the National Cyber Security Centre regarding the closure of the security assurance standard CESG Assured Service (Telecommunications) or CAS(T) scheme. He explains what this means and why it is a defining point in the assurance of telecoms networks within the UK. The closure of the scheme without a replacement is a challenge since it underpins a large number of contracts, and will place communications providers in breach of contracts and increase the cost of procurements for customers until the new compliance regime is implemented, he says. Read more here.

Suppliers Worth Watching Within the Extended Reality Market

Augmented and virtual reality products and services are a hot topic in the public sector. With applications ranging from training to simulations to data interaction, nearly all government organisations stand to benefit from extended reality solutions. For buyers in these areas Public Spend Forum and GovShop have spent months curating suppliers with specific capabilities in extended reality, and broken down three primary sectors to help you better understand what solutions comprise the extended reality marketplace in our free report. Read more here.

 

And in other news ...

New Public Procurement thresholds 2020/2021

Management Consulting Market Overview, Growth, and Key Suppliers

Upcoming Cyber Requirements Global Suppliers Should Know

Serco awarded a potential five-year, $49 million contract from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center

New Free Publication - 15 pathways for towns and cities to localise the Sustainable Development Goals

Guardian Public Service Awards: public health and wellbeing winner UK

Global Military Cybersecurity Market Landscape and Top Contractors

Council of Europe is looking for international consultants to review and revise educational materials developed within the scope of the European Union

Diversity in the defence industry – the vital role that technology plays

Transport for Wales launches Sustainable Development Plan

UK Government spending 'set to return to levels last seen in the 1970s'

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